Chanel Medium/Large Classic Flap Review


Chanel Medium/Large Classic Flap Review

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Chanel M/L Classic Flap


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Created by Karl Lagerfeld upon his arrival in 1983, the Chanel Classic Flap handbag reinterprets the iconic 2.55 handbag created by Coco Chanel. It features a double flap, quilted leather, a chain interlocked with leather and the iconic CC logo turn lock.

The M/L Chanel Classic Flap, also called the Medium Classic Flap at Chanel is the second size up after the Small Classic Flap and it is probably one of the most popular, quintessential Chanel handbags.

One of the most common questions people are asking before buying their first classic flap is: “which hardware should I choose” as well as “which leather should I choose, lambskin or caviar leather?”. 

Silver Hardware versus Gold Hardware for Chanel Classic Flaps – which one to choose?

  • Firstly, we must acknowledge that there is no right and wrong answer, it totally depends on your preference, what kind of jewelry you prefer and even your skin tone, I am one that likes to mix and match my jewelry but for my first classic flap I went with silver hardware because my engagement ring and wedding set are in white gold. The general consensus is that silver hardware makes the bag appear ever so slightly more casual whereas the gold hardware is more glamorous
  • Another thing to keep in mind is your clothes’ hardware. Do you have an extensive collection of leather jackets with gold hardware or boots with silver hardware, then maybe choose a classic flap with the same tone hardware so you don’t have to worry too much about matching your bag to your shoes and outerwear 
  • Occasion. Do you envision wearing your classic flap on fancy nights out or to brunch on Sundays? Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wearing silver during the night or gold during the day, but we must admit that a Chanel Flap with SHW is slightly more casual than one with GHW.

In the end, really, you can’t go wrong with either. If you have the chance, go to a Chanel boutique to try both on and see which one makes your heart sing more. If you’re looking on the pre-loved market and you can’t make up your mind, see what comes up at a good price and just snatch that, it is really that simple.

Lambskin versus Caviar Leather – which one is better?

Another question that sometimes puzzles us, is which leather type is better. Again, there’s no right and wrong but there can be a right or wrong leather for your needs. There’s no secret that caviar leather is more hard wearing than lambskin and shows way fewer scratches. However, lambskin is just so luxurious looking and so amazingly soft to touch. In general, we suggest caviar leather for the bigger Classic Flaps (Jumbo and Maxi) since you’re more likely to wear them casually and baby them less. However, if you don’t mind a few scratches here and there and love that buttery soft leather then lambskin might be the best choice for you.


6 × 9.9 × 2.5 in

What fits

  • A smartphone
  • A small wallet
  • Keys with a key pouch
  • Small pouch with mask, lipstick and mini hand cream
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Chanel M/L Classic Flap

Staying Power
Price-Quality Ratio
  • One of the most iconic bags ever, the classic Chanel Flap in M/L is a piece of luxury fashion history
  • Staying power - this handbag will probably always stay in fashion
  • Investment opportunity - although we don’t think many bags are truly investments, this bag can be if you take great care of it
  • Fits a decent amount
  • Does not work cross-body for most body types
  • Works beautifully from day to night
  • Comes in different leathers, including caviar (grained calfskin) as well as tweed
  • The price is high and keeps on going up with Chanel’s yearly and sometimes twice a year price increases
  • Due to its double flap it doesn’t fit as much as you’d expect from a bag this size
  • Can be a bit hard to go in and out of the bag due to the turnlock as well as the double flap
  • The bag is very structured and classic, which some see as a bit too formal

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