Too casual for Chanel Classic flap?

Oct 15, 2013
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I am pretty set on getting a chanel classic flap in black caviar leather with silver hardware in the jumbo size.

However I am worried that my style is too casual for a chanel bag. I live in ankle grazer jeans, oversized jumpers, graphic tees and shirts, sneakers, boat shoes and boots. Is it going to look weird to carry this bag and outfit combination?

I am a great believer in wearing the things you have and just working with it, if you feel comfortable it will look great, but for some reason this particular bag is a stumbling block for me :shucks: :shrugs: :confused1: :hrmm:

Any advice and outfit pictures would be appreciated. I am also pretty young, 18, so wearing dresses and fancy clothing just doesn't appeal to me, I like to look cool, casual and effortless.
 
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sararachelle

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Oct 15, 2013
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Not at all! I am 21 so I'm pretty young to wear Chanel too, but I wear my flap with casual outfits and love the polished feel it adds to my look. I actually prefer a flap with a more casual outfit because of the contrast if that makes sense.

However I heard many people who buy black caviar with silver hardware find that it is kind of bland. Would you consider gold hw?
 
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Agreed with sararachelle, not at all too casual!

I've been wearing my flap or reissue with jeans-on-jeans ensemble. Yes, even with denim shirt :biggrin:
One thing I really like about Chanel is its versatility. The bags from C just match well with casual outfit or more polished dresses. Your choice. You can wear it with casual, tomboy-ish outfits or very sweet-feminine ones.

On my recent quick reveal thread I wore the pink boy with Zara sweater and American Apparel skirt and tights. I cropped the pics but I was actually wearing a baby blue New Balance sneakers. Granted it's a pink-white-baby blue rather sweet pastel combination, however it's decidedly not at all fancy :smile:
http://forum.purseblog.com/chanel/mini-quick-reveal-plus-a-bonus-885213.html

Let's see if I can get a picture of me with denim/sweater/tee and a flap/reissue bag...

HTH!
 
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remainsilly

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Try this thread: http://forum.purseblog.com/handbags-and-purses/cheap-clothing-expensive-handbags-884211.html

It's quite popular to dress casually with upscale bags.
 

sararachelle

Sara S.
Oct 15, 2013
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Long Island, New York
Agreed with sararachelle, not at all too casual!

I've been wearing my flap or reissue with jeans-on-jeans ensemble. Yes, even with denim shirt :biggrin:
One thing I really like about Chanel is its versatility. The bags from C just match well with casual outfit or more polished dresses. Your choice. You can wear it with casual, tomboy-ish outfits or very sweet-feminine one.

On my recent quick reveal thread I wore the pink boy with Zara sweater and American Apparel skirt and tights. I cropped the pic but I was actually wearing a baby blue New Balance sneakers. Granted it's a pink-white-baby blue rather sweet pastel combination, however it's decidedly not at all fancy :smile:
http://forum.purseblog.com/chanel/mini-quick-reveal-plus-a-bonus-885213.html

Let's see if I can get a picture of me with denim/sweater/tee and a flap/reissue bag...

HTH!

I actually saw this earlier and screenshotted your outfit because I loved it soo much!
 

kittymoomoo

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I think you'll look great no matter what type of clothes you have on. The idea of only dressing up to carry a Chanel is gone. When I was your age it was a no-no. I say enjoy your Jumbo all the time!! I love seeing young women with their Chanel.
 

nadineluv

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I dress very casual. Jeans, tee, denim cut off shorts, chambray, sweaters, sandals & converse most of the time & I wear my Chanels along w those outfits.
So you can never be too casual for Chanel ;)
 

agumila

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I actually think silver hardware would be perfect for you because of your casual style. I tried a jumbo with gold hardware in a store last weekend and it's just too formal / glam for me. i think silver hardware is more young and understated
 
Oct 15, 2013
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Thankyou all for replying! I'm reassured that actually this bag is going to work well for my style and lifestyle! I also think picking the silver hardware is going to make it work with casual outfits, it's a little more casual, fresh and modern in itself. In so excited to get my bag now, last stretch of saving and by the end of November I'll have my bag! :biggrin:
 
Oct 15, 2013
199
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London
I actually think silver hardware would be perfect for you because of your casual style. I tried a jumbo with gold hardware in a store last weekend and it's just too formal / glam for me. i think silver hardware is more young and understated

That's what I thought, the silver feels so fresh and modern! The gold, whilst really classic, is just too 'in your face' for me :smile:
 
Oct 15, 2013
199
2
London
I dress very casual. Jeans, tee, denim cut off shorts, chambray, sweaters, sandals & converse most of the time & I wear my Chanels along w those outfits.

So you can never be too casual for Chanel ;)

Jeans, graphic t shirts and bright sneakers are basically what I live it! Glad we have the same philosophy on chanel :biggrin:
 
Oct 15, 2013
199
2
London
I think you'll look great no matter what type of clothes you have on. The idea of only dressing up to carry a Chanel is gone. When I was your age it was a no-no. I say enjoy your Jumbo all the time!! I love seeing young women with their Chanel.

I'm so glad you see it that way, I was worried that maybe people, even on tpf would harshly judge someone so young purchasing this bag. But they way I see it, I am using entirely my own money I have saved for working 5 days a week, I don't have bills to it yet, no mortgage or children so it's really the best time to get such a bag! And if you can't treat yourself when you are young and carefree (well sort of! Lol) when can you?!
 
Oct 15, 2013
199
2
London
Agreed with sararachelle, not at all too casual!

I've been wearing my flap or reissue with jeans-on-jeans ensemble. Yes, even with denim shirt :biggrin:
One thing I really like about Chanel is its versatility. The bags from C just match well with casual outfit or more polished dresses. Your choice. You can wear it with casual, tomboy-ish outfits or very sweet-feminine ones.

On my recent quick reveal thread I wore the pink boy with Zara sweater and American Apparel skirt and tights. I cropped the pics but I was actually wearing a baby blue New Balance sneakers. Granted it's a pink-white-baby blue rather sweet pastel combination, however it's decidedly not at all fancy :smile:
http://forum.purseblog.com/chanel/mini-quick-reveal-plus-a-bonus-885213.html

Let's see if I can get a picture of me with denim/sweater/tee and a flap/reissue bag...

HTH!

Thankyou so much for posting the picture, by the way such a cool outfit! Love the sweater and the contrast you made between pink and blue, as I love to clash colours because they go together, oxymoronically!

I'm feeling more at ease about my choice of bag now. I considered a boy bag actually but as my first chanel I think I want to go classic, especially as this style is ALWAYS subject to price rises!
 
Oct 15, 2013
199
2
London
Not at all! I am 21 so I'm pretty young to wear Chanel too, but I wear my flap with casual outfits and love the polished feel it adds to my look. I actually prefer a flap with a more casual outfit because of the contrast if that makes sense.

However I heard many people who buy black caviar with silver hardware find that it is kind of bland. Would you consider gold hw?

I totally get the contrast between casual and classic, even though it's a clash, it actually does work well! Weird! That's one of the reasons I want to go for the flap bag.

I have considered gold, but I feel it's too glam for me, I wear silver jewellery everyday, and I feel like silver is the modern option. Although when I get to the store I think I'm going to look at both hardware options to make sure!