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.
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.