Thinking of Buying a Chanel Bag? Here’s Everything You Need to Know.

Since it’s creation back in 1955 Chanel’s classic 2.55 bag has been a staple on wishlists around the world. While it was revamped in 1983 by Karl Lagerfeld, adding the iconic interlocking CC logo, the bag has never strayed far from it’s winning formula. It’s instantly recognisable, adds glamour to any outfit, and is wonderfully versatile. What’s not to love? However, if you’re considering adding this bag to your collection you’ll need to know a few things first.

First of all, what size will you need? You have a few choices here, and it’s arguably the most important thing to get right. Ultimately, it comes down to what you plan to use your bag for — everyday use or special occasions? If you’re only wanting to use it occasionally, you might be best suited to the medium. On the other hand, if It’s going to be an everyday essential for you the jumbo might be a better match. Every size has similar proportions and equal quality, so it really does just come down to what works best for you.

Next you’ll have to choose between two types of leather — lambskin or caviar — which are both beautiful. I personally prefer the lambskin’s appearance due to it’s striking gleam and soft touch, but I know many people who’d disagree with me. When it comes to durability, the caviar is your best bet. It can handle a bit of abuse, and small scratches won’t be noticeable. In contrast, the lambskin is fragile and you’ll have to be extremely careful with it — treat it like a small child. Even so, visible wearing is inevitable with this leather, making it an unsuitable everyday bag for those of us without unlimited money for repairs. For me, buying the caviar option would be a no-brainer. It’s much easier to take care of, looks just as good after many years, and holds it’s value well.

Speaking of value, it’s no secret that these bags are super expensive, and they’re not much cheaper on the second-hand market either. But did you know that Chanel increase the prices every few years? Sure, it’s bad news for people saving up, but the upside is that the longer you hold on to your bag, the more money you’ll get back if you choose to sell it. These really are the perfect investment bags — that definitely softens the blow of the initial purchase cost.

So, which variation are you going for?

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