The best Chanel bags to invest in—from the Boy bag to the iconic 2.55

Looking to splurge on the best Chanel bags? Here’s everything you need to know

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Some bags really do live up to the hype and the best Chanel bags are among the most worthy of their coveted status. There is nothing quite as luxurious as a Chanel bag. Elegant, timeless, and truly iconic, a Chanel handbag is guaranteed to elevate any outfit.

From the hugely popular flap bag to Meghan Markle’s favorite Gabrielle Hobo bag, Chanel bags are one of the most coveted amongst fashion lovers. Much like the best Louis Vuitton bags and the best Gucci bags, a Chanel bag is a life-long investment that is likely to get even more popular as time goes on, making them some of the best designer handbags that hold their value at resale. “Most girls dream of owning a Chanel handbag someday and the classic styles just ooze timeless luxury. Aspirational luxury brands like Chanel will always hold their value and often be worth more on the preowned market because of their superior quality and scarcity," says Charlotte Staerck, CEO & Co-Founder, Handbag Clinic.

Whether you’re after the best tote bags or the best crossbody bags, Chanel has got you covered. With their signature quilted design, iconic CC clasp, and chain strap, their designs are not only one of the most recognizable across the globe but one of the most beautiful too. 

The best Chanel bags as chosen by fashion experts

Every capsule wardrobe needs a classic handbag and your search ends here with our edit of the best Chanel handbags to invest in. 

Chanel 2.55

Chanel 2.55 Handbag in black

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Chanel 2.55

Reasons to buy
+Iconic design+Timeless and versatile+Wide choice of colours and sizes

Created by Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel in February 1955, hence the name, the 2.55 handbag is one of the most iconic. A novelty at the time, it was designed with a double-chain shoulder strap so it could be carried hands-free giving women some much-needed freedom. It has a quilted design and a double flap construction with a ‘Mademoiselle’ lock fastening. There’s also a zippered compartment inside which is where Coco Chanel is rumored to have stored her secret love letters.

Chanel 2.55 Fashion Editor’s Picks

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Chanel 2.55 Handbag Aged Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal Black: $8,800/£6,630 | Chanel

You’ll never tire of a classic black handbag especially when they are as chic as this. An iconic flap design, this regular-sized design is roomy enough for all the essentials.


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Chanel Mini 2.55 Handbag Velvet, Glass Pearls, Crystal Pearls & Gold-Tone Metal: $10,500/£7,890 | Chanel

Keep it compact in the miniature version of the classic 2.55. We love the plush velvet finish for extra texture and interest. The pearl detailing makes it a glamorous choice for evenings too.


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Chanel 2.55 Handbag Shearling Lambskin, Aged Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal White: $8,800/£6,630 | Chanel

Give the timeless bag a wintery finish with this shearling design. The perfect companion to the best winter coat.

Chanel Classic

Chanel Classic Bag

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Chanel Classic

Reasons to buy
+Very recognizable+Iconic CC clasp+Celebrity fave

Often referred to as the 11.12, the Classic is a reinterpretation of the 2.55, designed by Karl Lagerfeld upon his arrival in 1983. Its most distinguishing feature is the signature double CC clasp for that statement designer stamp. It’s classic for a reason with chic diamond quilting, a double flap, and the iconic chain strap, guaranteed to add a dose of Parisian flair to the simplest of looks. 

"If you’re thinking of snapping up a Chanel bag on the preowned market, your best investment is a vintage Chanel Classic Bag. Vintage versions hold their resale value much better than modern ones. This style has increased by an average of 5% year on year and gets snapped up very quickly when we get one in the Clinic," says Staerck.

The Classic is probably the most recognizable of the line-up and has been seen on the arms of countless celebrities and influencers including Paris Hilton and Jessica Biel.

Chanel Classic Bag Fashion Editor’s Picks

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Chanel Classic Handbag Lambskin and Gold Metal Black and White: $8,800/£6,630 | Chanel

The monochrome color blocking on this beauty makes a fresh change from all-black whilst keeping it just as versatile too.


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Chanel Classic Handbag Tweed and Black Metal: $9,100/£6,740 | Chanel

For that preppy, ladylike finish why not opt for this tweed iteration. Team with your best cashmere sweater and a swishy skirt.


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Chanel Classic Handbag Perforated Lambskin & Silver Tone Metal $8,800/£6,630 | Chanel

Inject some color to your look with this dip dye design. Keep the rest of your outfit simple and let the bag take all the glory.


Chanel 19

Chanel 19 bag in gold

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Chanel 19

Reasons to buy
+Newer design+Softer silhouette+Modern colors

The newest addition to the Chanel family, the 19 launched in 2019 and was one of the last bags created by Karl Lagerfeld before he passed. It has all the classic elements that make a Chanel bag so sought-after, such as the signature quilted design, chain strap detailing, a single flap, and the iconic CC clasp, but with a softer silhouette and new contemporary colorways. Although being the new kid on the block, it hasn’t reached cult status just yet but it’s certainly on track to reach new sartorial heights.

Chanel 19 Fashion Editor’s Picks

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Chanel 19 Handbag Lambskin, Gold-Tone, Silver-Tone & Ruthenium-Finish Metal Light Orange: $5,700/£4,210 | Chanel

The pop of orange is bound to lift any look. Team with a floaty floral dress for a spring-ready getup.


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Chanel 19 Handbag Metallic Lambskin Gold-Tone, Silver-Tone & Ruthenium-Finish Metal Gold: $5,800/£4,300 | Chanel

If you’re after more of an evening bag, consider a metallic finish on your Chanel. The shiny gold hue on this makes it the perfect party piece.


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Chanel 19 Handbag Cotton Crochet Gold-Tone, Silver-Tone & Ruthenium-Finish Black: $7,200/ | Chanel

We love the cotton crochet finish on this design making it an all-year-round winner. Pair with creams and caramels for a polished tonal look.


Chanel Boy

Chanel Boy

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Chanel Boy

Reasons to buy
+Boxy structure+Lots of sizes and colors+Unique double-C mechanism

Named after Coco Chanel’s lover, polo player Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel, the Chanel Boy bag was introduced to the house by Karl in 2011. It has a boxy structure for a more masculine edge and a unique double C mechanism closure. In July 2021, Chanel increased the price of the Boy bag by 15%, making it more desirable than ever. "Chanel’s Boy bag is another super seller for us – it’s a boxier, edgier rendition of the classic Fab Bag and is a personal favorite of mine," says Charlotte. 

"The black Chanel Boy is the most sought after and most valuable. A medium can exchange hands for between £3,500-£4,000 ($4,640-$5,300) which is around 90% of the original RRP."

The Boy comes in an array of sizes from large to wallet-sized in numerous colorways to suit everyone’s needs.

Chanel Boy Fashion Editor’s Picks

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Chanel Small Boy Handbag Fuchsia: $5,400/£4,040 | Chanel

The cool boy bag comes in lots of different hues and this fuchsia shade gets our vote for added punch.


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Chanel Large Boy Handbag Calfskin & Ruthenium-Finish Metal Black: $6,200/£4,640 | Chanel

If you struggle to travel light then you might want to upgrade to the large design. Not only will it make a bold fashion statement but you’ll be able to stash all your belongings in it too.


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Chanel Boy Wallet on Chain Lambskin & Ruthenium-Finish Metal Light Blue: $3,000/£2,220 | Chanel

On the other end of the scale, this wallet-sized bag keeps it neat and compact. Perfect for the evening, the charming blue hue keeps it fresh.


Chanel Gabrielle

Chanel Gabrielle bag

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Chanel Gabrielle

Reasons to buy
+Slouchier style+Hobo-bag design+Long double metal chain strap

Another Karl Lagerfeld creation, the Gabrielle is named after its founder. The Hobo-style bag has a slouchier aesthetic that still has structure with signature stitching in a diamond pattern and a long double metal chain strap. Available in a plethora of sizes and designs, Meghan Markle has been spotted with her trusty Gabrielle bag slung over her shoulder proving it’s a celebrity hit too.

Chanel Gabrielle Fashion Editor’s Picks

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Chanel Gabrielle Small Hobo Bag Rattan Calfskin, Gold-Tone & Silver-Tone Metal Beige & Black: $5,700/£4,520 | Chanel

Rattan bags are all the rage when summer rolls around so give it that extra premium touch and go for this Chanel style. One you’ll reach for time and time again. 


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Chanel Gabrielle Large Hobo Bag White: $5,400/£4,040 | Chanel

This go-with-everything style has that round-the-clock appeal you can take to your 9-5 and straight onto cocktail hour afterward.


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Chanel Gabrielle Small Hobo Bag Pink: $6,100/$4,640 | Chanel

You don’t have to stick to neutral hues. If you’re buying a designer bag, why not let it stand out more—the extra Chanel stamp on the strap makes it a real showstopper.