Back to LePrix
The Latest LePrix Profile Industry + Insights The Guide Style Shop LePrix
Industry + Insights / January 09, 2020 / Mary Zubritsky
Sizing Up Chanel's Classic Flap Bags
The best things in life are free, the second best are very expensive. - Coco Chanel


A very wise and elegant woman, Coco Chanel, had so many pearls of wisdom—and strands of fabulous pearls—it’s no wonder her name is synonymous with style, substance and class. And while her quotes can be found posted on the Instagram and Facebook feeds of aspirational women everywhere (that includes LePrix’s page), there was only one Coco Chanel.

But there are many different Chanel Classic Flap bagssuch as the Wallet on Chain (WOC), the Small, the Medium, the Maxi and the Jumboand we’re here to help you figure out which one is right for you. Luckily, we have an amazing selection of brand new, previously loved and vintage Chanel Classic Flap bags on our site—all thanks to our partnerships with over 600 of the world’s top designer consignment boutiques!

So, which one is perfect for you? Let's investigate!

WALLET ON CHAIN (7.5"W x 4.5"H x 1.5"D)

If you're a minimalist with a penchant for lavish accessories, the wallet on a chain is for you! As one of the pioneers of the WOC style, Chanel has mastered the art of designing exquisite statement pieces of every size. The WOC is for the glamour girl on-the-go who'd prefer to carry just the necessities, like her phone, keys and cards. With an interior zipped pocket and multiple slots for cards and IDs, and Chanel's signature chain strap, it's the perfect bag for a gala or cocktail party.

 

Shop Authentic, Used Designer Handbags & Purses | LePrix
Chanel Golden Clasp Patent Leather Wallet on Chain

 

Shop Authentic, Used Designer Handbags & Purses | LePrix
Chanel Iridescent Quilted Wallet on Chain

Iridescent Quilted Wallet on Chain

 

THE SMALL (8"W x 13"H x 2"D)

The baby of the bunch, the small flap bag might be petite, but it still packs a fashionable punch. Whether you're off to a fancy gala, brunch or a concert, this little luxury is big enough to hold your phone, lip gloss, credit cards, keys and just a little bit of makeup, but with an optional crossbody chain strap, it'll never be in your way. So, all my girls who love to tote the essentials without weighing themselves down, this hands-free wardrobe staple and investment piece is just for you! And like I said regarding the Birkins, the small bag might be best for a woman with a petite silhouette.

Shop Authentic, Used Designer Handbags & Purses | LePrix
Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag


 

Shop Authentic, Used Designer Handbags & Purses | LePrix
Chanel Chevron Classic Flap Bag


 


THE MEDIUM (10"W x 6"H x 3"D)

The medium flap bag is the most sought-after size of the Chanel Classic Flap bags. Not too small, yet not too big, this bag holds quite a bit more than the small, like your wallet and a comb or brush. Perfect for a night out on the town or running errands during the weekend, it's compact enough to make a big impact without slowing you down. It's the perfect grab-it-and-go luxury carryall!

Shop Authentic, Used Designer Handbags & Purses | LePrix
Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag


 

Shop Authentic, Used Designer Handbags & Purses | LePrix
Chanel Westminster Pearl Flap Bag


THE JUMBO (12"W x 8"H x 4"D)

Jumbo is not just a clever name. Due to the large size of this classic shoulder bag, the jumbo is more casual or travel than formal, and best for the woman who won't leave home without her makeup bag, a phone charger, a large wallet, devices and notebook. Also, note that a small-framed woman might be overwhelmed by a shoulder bag of this size.

 

Shop Authentic, Used Designer Handbags & Purses | LePrix
Chanel Iridescent Quilted Classic Flap Bag


 

Shop Authentic, Used Designer Handbags & Purses | LePrix
Chanel Crocodile Jumbo Classic Crocodile Bag


 

 

THE MAXI (14"W x 9"H x 4"D)

The most gigantic of the Chanel Classic Flap bags, the maxi is the whale in a sea of small fish. At 14" wide, this bag can not only fit your makeup, cellphone, chargers, a large wallet, a curling iron and the kitchen sink, but my Microsoft Surface laptop can be toted too! The maxi is the perfect statement bag and it's best used for travel—like through the airport so everyone can clearly see you're carrying a mammoth Chanel bag. As I mentioned regrading the jumbo, this bag is a bit bulky, heavy and cumbersome so it's best for a taller person with a slightly larger frame...otherwise you'll look like you're being swallowed by a large box of diamond-quilted leather!

 

Shop Authentic, Used Designer Handbags & Purses | LePrix
Chanel Classic Flap Maxi Bag


 

Shop Authentic, Used Designer Handbags & Purses | LePrix
Chanel Quilted Leather Maxi Flap Bag


 

Shop all Chanel Flap Bags at LePrix.

 

You May Also Like
A Guide To Dior's Most Drool-Worthy Bags
"Individuality will always be one of the conditions of real elegance." - Christian Dior  Christian Dior, who was kno
Jeannie Mai: Style Icon & Leprix Curator
Whether you know her from numerous stints as a style contributor on TV, a talk show host on The Real, a host on Holey Moley or o
Trending Now: Vintage Chanel Jewelry
Don't you miss the days when you'd stare blankly into your closet wondering what to wear? We sure do. What used to seem like such a tedious morning
A Big Boom For Designer Resale & Consignment Stores
So, what were you doing during lockdown? If the answer is cleaning out your closet, learning how to cook or shopping for bargains online,
Copyright © 2020 LePrix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.