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Is there a handbag that is more iconic than a Chanel bag? When I received my first Chanel classic, I vividly remember shedding a tiny tear. It felt like it was passed on from Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel to Karl Lagerfeld and then to me. With the long shoulder strap that frees women's hands and the zippered pouch ideal for secrecy, it was not only a symbol of fashion, but also a symbol of femininity and freedom. Sorry for the drama – or not. Chanel deserves it.
Since the founding of Chanel in 1910, the luxury brand has continued to grow alongside women as we gained more rights and power and continued the pursuit of equality. Chanel is a symbol of strength and it just happens that Chanel bags are incredibly chic and add value to any outfit. You can go back in history to see Chanel evolve and that is exactly what we did with the 10 most popular Chanel bags below.
When Gabrielle Chanel created the 2.55 (hence the name) in February 1955, it caused quite a scandal. It was the first women's bag to be equipped with a shoulder strap so that women could freely do whatever they wanted with their hands, for example by putting them in their pockets. It was viewed as a sign of rebellion, and women were delighted with their newfound freedom. Another hidden fun fact about the bag: the secret zip pocket installed in it was originally intended to hold secret love letters, as Coco Chanel did when she was reportedly in the middle of an illegal affair herself.
Fast forward to today, and the 2.55 is still a household staple. Almost every member of the social elite worn by Blake Lively and Sarah Jessica Parker owns a 2.55.
Karl Lagerfeld's 1980s update to 2.55, also known as 11.12, stayed true to the original shape and gave it a decadent flair signature of the decade. The most noticeable change was the updated lock, which now includes the legendary CC, and which we've come to know and love since then.
It's called the Classic for a reason. It's a simple statement in all closets from mine to Kristen Stewart's. If you think of a Chanel bag or see one on a celeb's arm, there's a good chance it's a 12-11.
The Chanel Boy was launched in 2011 by Karl Lagerfeld and owes its name to Gabrielle Chanel's first love, Boy Capel. The boy quickly won the hearts of 2.55 and classic owners with his androgynous rock & # 39; n & # 39; roll feel. In fact, the boy’s masculine side pays homage to Chanel itself, who always pushed the boundaries of femininity and style.
Celebrities like the world's Miley Cyruses and Stella Maxwells trying the same thing today can often be seen carrying the boy all over the place from the streets to the red carpet.
The Grand Shopping Tote (also known as GST for short) is probably the most spacious style in Chanel's history. To the disappointment of many Chanel lovers, GST was discontinued in 2015, which has only made it more popular with real fashion girls.
With plenty of room for the many necessities that women carry every day, the bag rose to the height of popularity in the early to mid-2000s with reality stars from Paris Hilton to the entire cast of The hill put the bag on her arms. Today it's a rare vintage find that makes it an instant buy for anyone who knows.
Named as a tribute to Gabrielle Chanel, the bag was launched during the Chanel S / S 17 show and immediately became a classic as it was the first bag to be introduced as unisex fashion.
The long strap and sloppy, yet structured shape also make it extremely versatile for any man or woman. That's probably why the classic style icon Meghan Markle has been seen many times with the Gabrielle slung over her shoulder while wearing her signature men's shirt and jeans.
Take the Gabrielle, but make it practical. Chanel did that with the backpack version of the more classic handbag mentioned above. As backpacks have become fashionable in recent years, Chanel continues to release updated versions of the Gabrielle backpack, including in its summer 2019 collection.
Because of its natural school girl flair and simple, effortless practicality, the backpack has become a chic addition to outfits for Penelope Cruz, Cara Delevingne, and more.
Another popular style, the Wallet on Chain (WOC), is perfect if you want to leave your GST at home. The WOC is surprisingly spacious and has everything you need, but remains compact and rigid. It's probably the bag's chic practicality that made it a favorite with classically stylish women like Eva Longoria and Keira Knightley.
Not exactly what one would call a classic, Chanel's perfume bottle made waves when it debuted on the catwalk in 2013. This Chanel bag is modeled after the legendary perfume Chanel No. 5 and an easy conversation starter. Anyone can see why trendsetters like Kim Kardashian West or Momager Kris Jenner saw this trendy style.
If you were to host a DIY Chanel bag class, the Chanel Art School collection would likely be the result. For the A / W 14 line, Karl Lagerfeld did just that by putting a felt-tip pen in his pocket and turning it into the purse of the rebel dreams. With graffiti prints and ornate embellishments, this bag has just the right amount of punk rock edging. Tracee Ellis Ross and Elle Fanning did this bag justice.
Last but not least, the camera bag. With a similar purpose to the WOC or the Gabrielle, the camera bag offers a small, textured leather bag that can be carried over the shoulder and across the chest. Ariana Grande and Ashley Benson are lovers of this tiny bag and add it to the collection of must-have Chanel bags.
Next up, the best Chanel nail colors – period.
This story was originally published earlier and has been updated since then.