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Decoding Chanel Classic Flap Bag Sizes: A Comprehensive Guide

In the realm of must-have fashion essentials, the Chanel Classic Flap bag reigns supreme. What makes this iconic piece even more appealing is the range of sizes it comes in, ensuring there’s a perfect Chanel bag for every fashion enthusiast. Lovedbags proudly stocks this iconic piece in an array of sizes, ensuring you’ll find the perfect fit. In the event that your desired size and colour combination eludes you, our concierge service stands ready to assist in tracking it down for you. Join us as we delve into the unique qualities of each size, utilising this Chanel size comparison to assist you in discovering your next coveted designer piece.

A Timeless Evolution

The first Chanel Classic bag, the 2.55 bag, introduced in 1955 underwent a transformative redesign by Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel’s Creative Director, in 1984. Lagerfeld’s touch brought forth the iconic interlocking CC turnlock, replacing the Mademoiselle lock, and thus, the current Classic Flap was born.

The Medium Classic Flap, representing the epitome of the Classic line, has maintained its signature features since the 1980s – diamond-pattern quilted leather, the iconic interlocking CC Chanel logo turnlock, rear half-moon pocket, and the interwoven chain and leather strap. While the Small has been in production since the 1980s, its popularity has surged with the current trend favouring smaller bags. The Jumbo and the Maxi (an updated version of the XL Jumbo) have seen modifications over the years, evolving into larger double flap versions of the Medium Classic. The Mini, introduced in 2010, adds a delightful touch to the collection.

With the exception of the Mini, all Chanel Classics are double flaps. The interior flap serves a crucial role in maintaining the bag’s structure and shape over the years. Classic double flap bags boast seven pockets, including Coco Chanel’s secret compartment, adding a functional yet elegant dimension to these timeless pieces. Next, let’s take a closer look at the different sizes available. 

Chanel Mini Square Classic Flap Bag

17cm x 13.5cm x 8cm

The smallest among the Chanel Classic bag sizes, the original Mini Classic introduced in 2010, known as the Chanel Mini Square, measures 17cm x 13.5cm x 8cm with a 53cm strap drop. Characterised by its distinctly boxy shape, it exudes a contemporary and minimalist charm with its single flap design. Embraced by enthusiasts of the mini bag trend, this beloved Chanel size adeptly accommodates essentials like keys, lipstick, card holder, airpods and phone.

Versatile in its use, the Mini Square Classic transitions seamlessly from a chic shoulder or crossbody bag during the day or evening to a small clutch by tucking the chain strap inside the bag.

Chanel Mini Rectangular Classic Flap Bag

20cm x 12cm x 6cm

The Mini Rectangular Classic bag, standing out as one the most popular among Chanel Classic designs, is a petite and rectangular addition to the collection that mirrors the proportions of its larger counterparts in the Classic Flap Bag series. Measuring 20cm x 12cm x 6cm with a 58cm strap drop, the Mini Rectangular is wider, shorter, and narrower compared to the Square Mini. Like its counterparts, it features a single flap.

Identification of the Mini Rectangular Classic is facilitated by counting the six diamonds stitched in a row on the bag’s flap. Some variations of the Mini Rectangular Classic include a small rolled handle, creating the sought-after Mini Rectangular Classic Bag with Handle. This compact bag accommodates all essentials held by the Mini Square, with some added capacity for longer objects like hand cream. 

The extended strap of the Mini Rectangular Classic renders it a comfortable Classic for crossbody wear. Doubling the strap shortens it for shoulder wear while tucking the chain into the bag transforms it into an elegant evening clutch. Effortlessly sophisticated, the Chanel Mini Rectangular bag complements various styles, from jeans to cocktail dresses.

Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag

23cm x 14.5cm x 6cm

The Chanel Classic Small size is an iconic and versatile addition to the renowned Classic Flap Bag collection. Distinguishing itself as the first Chanel Classic Flap size to incorporate a second interior flap, the small Chanel flap bag can be recognized by counting seven stitched diamonds across the flap.  This timeless piece combines elegance with functionality, making it a coveted accessory in the world of fashion. 

Measuring 23cm x 14.5cm x 6cm, the Small Classic offers a compact yet spacious design, making it ideal for various occasions. The 53cm strap drop provides the option for a chic shoulder or crossbody wear, allowing for both practicality and style. Inside, the Small Classic is thoughtfully organised, offering ample space for essentials such as a wallet, keys, phone, and a few small accessories. 

This size is a favourite among fashion enthusiasts for its versatility. It seamlessly transitions from day to night, complementing a wide range of outfits. Whether paired with casual denim or an elegant evening dress, the Chanel Classic Small size is a symbol of timeless sophistication and enduring style.

Chanel Medium Classic Flap Bag

25.5cm x 15.5cm x 6.5cm

With its opulent flair, the Medium Flap Bag unquestionably stands out as one of the most popular styles in the Timeless Chanel collection. Chanel lovers and loyalists favour this bag, selecting it as a fabulous everyday accessory from the diverse range of designs available. Measuring 25.5cm x 15.5cm x 6.5cm with a handle drop of 43cm or 23cm when doubled, the Medium Classic Flap bag boasts a double flap, a characteristic shared by all Chanel Flap bag sizes except the minis.

Recognizable by the diamond-pattern stitching featuring eight whole diamonds in a row across the flap, the Medium Chanel Classic bag is both distinctive and spacious. It accommodates everything stored in the Small plus more- perhaps a pair of sunglasses and a small vanity bag. The bag’s seven pockets offer convenience for organising small essentials such as your phone, wallet, keys, and headphones. 

The Chanel Medium Classic Flap bag is a timeless choice that serves as a sophisticated shoulder bag from day to night. 

Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag

30cm x 19.5cm x 10cm

Produced at the end of the last century, the Chanel Jumbo is a slightly larger iteration within the Classics series. While remaining a practical everyday handbag, it surpasses the carrying capacity of the typical luxury handbag making it ideal for the bustling woman managing a multitude of daily essentials. Measuring 30cm x 19.5cm x 10cm with a strap drop of 60cm, or 34cm when doubled, it stands out as a roomy Chanel size purse capable of accommodating all your daily necessities plus more; phone,  wallet, keys, sunglasses, toiletries, tablet or book and even a compact umbrella for those uncertain weathers. 

For the busy individual who desires quick access to their daily essentials, the Jumbo Classic Flap proves to be a fitting choice. Whether for work or travel, this chic Chanel bag is a beautiful option for day wear. The Jumbo Classic Flap is designed to cater to the needs of those who appreciate both style and practicality.

Chanel Maxi Classic Flap Bag

33cm x 23cm x 10cm

The largest designer bag in the Timeless series, created just a year before the Jumbo Flap Bag, is the Chanel Maxi Classic Flap. Measuring 33cm x 23cm x 10cm, this spacious bag comes with a strap drop of 30cm when doubled. It surpasses the Jumbo Classic in size and can comfortably accommodate everything in it, including both a vanity case and a compact umbrella or even your slim laptop.

Ideal for a glamorous weekend away, the Chanel Maxi Classic bag serves as a stylish everyday or travel companion. Like all Chanel Flap Bags (excluding the minis), the Maxi features a double flap with an exterior and interior flap, along with a spacious compartment. 

With multiple pockets for organisation, this spacious Chanel Flap Bag essentially functions as a chic version of a backpack, making it perfect for a glamorous getaway.

Finding your Dream Classic at LovedBags

Among the chic Chanel bags, the Chanel Classic Flap Bags stand out as the most iconic. Explore our collection of pristine, pre-loved Chanel Classic bags, in various sizes and colours. We are here to help you discover the ideal accessory to enhance your wardrobe.

Lovedbags proudly stocks this iconic piece in an array of sizes, ensuring you’ll find the perfect fit. In the event that your desired size and colour combination eludes you, our concierge service stands ready to assist in tracking it down for you. 

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