If you could only have one handbag…

Carrying a Chanel Jumbo classic flap bag in black caviar leather with silver hardware.

If you could only have ONE handbag, which one would it be and why? As you may know by now I am a Balenciaga gal for sure, but if I had to choose only ONE handbag to carry for the rest of my life it would not be a Balenciaga but a Chanel Jumbo classic flap.

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been obsessed with Chanel. I would stare at pictures in Vogue for hours, draw them, dream and drool. And a classic flap bag has been on my wishlist forever. But it took some time to figure out which one to get since it comes in a variety of sizes, leathers, colours and hardware.

It had to be roomy enough to use as an everyday bag, but small enough to carry it out for dinner. I did my research and landed on the Jumbo size. Luckily the choice of leather was easy. As much as I love the look of that luscious lambskin, it is too delicate for a bag that, for me, was going to be used a lot, so the durable caviar leather it was. The classic black colour with silver hardware was also easy choices, as I always pictured my classic flap in that combo.

Carrying a Chanel Jumbo classic flap bag in black caviar leather with silver hardware.

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In 2010 I finally got my ultimate dream bag – a brand new Chanel Jumbo flap bag in black caviar leather with silver hardware. A plus was that in 2010, the Jumbo was still made as a single flap so it’s quite lightweight and a little roomier compared to a double flap. A drawback may be that it’s not as structured as a double flap, but to me, that is not a big issue.

This is the ultimate classic bag that can be used with any kind of outfit in every occasion. OK, it may be a tad too large for an evening bag, but then again I’m not that much out and I own smaller bags for those occasions (hello, only one bag is allowed!). I often use the Jumbo with a casual outfit like seen below, because I like the balance between casual and formal.

Even though there are so many beautiful and classic bags out there, the Chanel Jumbo flap will always be my number one. A true classic, timeless beauty that goes with everything and is roomy enough for my everyday essentials. If someone twisted my arm and I had to choose only ONE handbag, this would definitely be it.

Chanel Jumbo classic flap bag in black caviar leather with silver hardware.

Chanel Jumbo classic flap bag in black caviar leather with silver hardware.

Chanel Jumbo classic flap bag in black caviar leather with silver hardware.

Chanel Jumbo classic flap bag in black caviar leather with silver hardware.

 

Chanel Jumbo. If you could only have one handbag.

  

Chanel Jumbo. If you could only have one handbag.

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