Review: Chanel Wallet on Chain
Even typing this headline feels unreal, but yeah… I bought my first very own Chanel bag. Something I’ve dreamt about since basically ever (or at least since watching Gossip Girl). I always thought it would be the perfect gift for myself when turning 30, but you know how they say one must celebrate when one has the chance? So that’s exactly what I did. Usually, “big things” like a Chanel bag (I mean, it doesn’t really get any “bigger” in my universe), is nothing I’d buy just like that… All my purchases in this dimension are always very thought through and usually occur for a special occasion like a birthday or an important milestone in my life. So how this Chanel incident happened was a combination of a few circumstances, including the fact that I was in the south of France with CHANEL themselves on a press trip (I know, unreal again… Is this even real life!? I still doubt it.), a very talented and friendly sales girls at Chanel, who made me feel that this bag was the ultimate missing piece in my wardrobe, plus Vicky next to me who also had great arguments why this bag should come home with me. Also, I quickly sent a sneaky photo of the bag to Patrick and when he said it’s drop dead gorgeous, it happened. I asked you via Instagram if you’d like to see a little review of the bag, and lots of you said yes, so here it goes…
When we went on the press trip with Chanel, we already knew they would show us the two beautiful Boutiques in Cannes and Nice (I liked the one in Nice better, btw). My initial thought was that I’d want to get the Chanel Slingbacks on that occasion, since I’ve been running after them for months now and it seems my size is constantly sold out. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any luck in neither of the two stores, which was kind of sad. This being said, I didn’t want to leave this super special trip without a little CC souvenir. And then there it was: The Wallet on Chain (short WOC) in black with grained calfskin, which is also called caviar leather and apparently the sturdier version of it, with gold hardware and the classic burgundy lining. I guess I don’t have to mention that it was love at first sight? This bag has been on my wishlist (or let’s rather call it wishlist of my dreams) for ages, and every time I saw someone with it I would have literally stared at it.
To me, the strap of the bag has the perfect length. It can be worn cross body or simply over the shoulder, and there are two ways of crossing the chain inside the bag which makes it shorter. Plus, the chain can be tucked inside which transforms it into the perfect clutch. Quite the multi-tasker, right?
In fact, the bag can be worn in four ways: First, with the strap at full length on one shoulder or cross body. Then the chain can also be doubled up like a shoulder strap, or looped inside the flap which makes it hang at a more casual length. As mentioned before, the chain can also be tucked away completely which makes it a clutch. And my personal favorite version, and how I wear the bag most of the time, is to double cross the chain on the inside and wear it cross body.
Four ways of adjusting the strap of the Chanel WOC:
The Chanel WOC currently goes over the counter for a stiff price of 1.865€ in Europe. However, prices have gone through the roof over the years and I’ve been told at Chanel that annual price adjustments are a common thing. The measurements of the bag are 12,3 x 19,2 x 3,5 cm. I know it’s a whole lot of money for something called wallet, but to be fair, the term “wallet” doesn’t live up to the bag.
The WOC has more pockets and zips to offer than you’d assume: The bag itself is closed with a popper flap. On the inside of this flap there is a little zip pocket which stretches down to whole back of the bag. In the bag itself there is a smaller pouch on the front which I mainly use for receipts, then there’s a zipped pocket which I put my coins in, followed by another tight pouch which is great for cash and then there’s the biggest compartment of the bag in the middle where I put my phone (the iPhone Plus fits perfectly btw!), lip balm, ear phones and keys. Also, there are six card slots at the back which are super handy. And, of course, there is the famous secret pocket stitched onto the back of the bag – classic Chanel style. I basically do not use my normal wallet anymore, because I simply transferred its whole inner life into the WOC.
You could say, it’s the perfect bag to hold all of your most important necessities. The only problem is, my car key is super bulky (maybe think of a slimmer solution, MINI!?) and I don’t really want to force stretch the bag just yet, so I usually keep the keys for my car in my coat pocket.
All Chanel items are ready to use by the way. This is something I’ve learned from the very sweet ladies at the Chanel store in Nice. Which means, the leather has been perfectly treated before so you can wear your purchased item right away. Obviously you should avoid wearing it in the rain, but other than that especially the caviar leather is quite robust and does not scratch easily.
The bag comes in the classic beautiful black Chanel box, a little dust bag and – super handy – with it’s own cleaning cloth. When you buy the bag you’ll get all necessary cleaning and caring information by the Chanel staff. I almost felt like adopting a puppy from the shelter because I got so many useful tips and infos for the bag…
So yeah, that’s my little Chanel story. So far so good, I’d say. After returning home with the bag I first kept it in its box for two days because I couldn’t quite believe it was “mine”. After this short realization phase I’ve been wearing it every day non stop. I even wear it on days I need a bigger bag for my laptop and camera, just as my wallet. It’s super convenient, because I don’t have to dive into the depths of my big bags to find my phone and money anymore. I seriously take the bag everywhere: From trips to the supermarket in my PJs, to Sunday strolls in my Pilates pants and sneakers, to date nights on which I dress up.
The bag was love at first sight, and I think it will stay this way forever. Until one day, when I’ll hopefully be able to pass it on to my daughter. Just like my Mom did when she gave her Chanel bag to me.
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Puuuuh wow, sie ist schon wirklich sehr schön aber mir persönlich wäre sie zu klein – ich möchte nicht Rücksicht auf die Tasche nehmen müssen wenn ich meine Autoschlüssel wo reingebe. Da geht bei mir Funktionalität vor Schönheit. 😉 Also eher kein “Daily Begleiter” sondern wirklich nur was für besondere Anlässe und dafür wäre sie mir wiederum zu teuer, haha! Aber schön zu sehen welche Freude du daran hast! 😉 Ist ja wirklich ein ganz besonderes Stück! <3
Hi Miriam, ja ich weiß genau was du meinst.
Ich hab jetzt einen anderen Schlüsselanhänger ausprobiert, mit dem geht es sich aus 🙂
Ich persönlich finde sie perfekt für den Alltag, weil ich sie quasi als Brieftasche mit zusätzlichem Platz für Handy, Lippenstift und Schlüssel sehe – also quasi alles, das ich wirklich immer bei mir brauche.
Aber es hängt natürlich auch davon ab, was man für sich persönlich als “unbedingt notwendig” empfindet, und immer mit haben möchte.
OMG, ich liebe liebe liebe dieses Outfit, sieht echt super aus und dir steht es einfach zu gut. Und die Tasche liebe ich auch total, habe mich echt auf den ersten Blick verliebt, hehe, aber wie schon die Miriam geschrieben hat, ist es definitiv keine Tasche für den täglichen Gebrauch, sondern eben für besondere Anlässe…
merci Sandra! Ich finde sie auch traumhaft schön… und bei mir ist sie tatsächlich täglich in Verwendung 🙂
Liebe Grüße und happy weekend!
ahhh sie ist so schön 🙂 u ja man darf sich auch mal selbst belohnen!
hihi da hast du absolut recht!! <3
Very cute! And what brand are your boots from? They are fabulous!
Hi Nina. What is the name of those gorgeous boots you’re wearing in these pictures?! They look amazing and like something I need for fall! 🤩
hi dear, they are from Högl and are called Peak: https://hoegl.com/de-at/schuhe/alle-schuhe/stiefeletten/peak-6-102610?colorCode=0100
Hi Nina! Your purse is gorgeous and your blog is really helpful for those who loves Chanel WOC. I do agree that it’s really a purse that you can wear in any occassion. I just got mine and it was also love at first sight! 😍
I just found a little issue with the part of the chain inside the flap. That’s why I found your blog because I was searching for any forum or having the same reviews on it. Try to pull the chain “hiding” inside the flap and check if you’ll find something different in that part of the chain. I think around two inches of the chain was not twisted the way it should be. I got mine in Dublin, apparently it was already a week after I left the country when I noticed that.
Hoping to hear from you. Take care…
Hi Shiela! Thanks a lot for your comment, glad you stumbled upon my blog 🙂
I’m not too sure which issue with the chain you mean – I just noticed that at one part of the chain the leather band which is going through the chain connects, wich makes this part slightly thicker.
If you want, you can send me a photo of your chain to my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll be better able to see what you mean and check with my bag 🙂
Where is this jumper from!? Love it with the bag x
it’s from Zara, but 2 years old already…
Hi! I have been dreaming about this exact Chanel woc, but before pulling the trigger, I wanted to ask you how yours is holding up after two years? Do you still love it the same way you did when you first got it? Thanks!
Hi Angela, I love my WOC dearly and wear it almost daily. It’s for sure my most used bag, because even if I carry a bigger bag, I sometimes just throw the WOC in as my purse + phone case.
Hi there- just wondered if you can fit sunglasses in your beautiful w o c?
Hi Anna, depending on the sunglasses I’d say they fit. I usually put mine in without the case, so only the sunnies. However, not much else has space then. Hope that helps! Best, Nina
hi Nina! I enjoyed reading this article you wrote I was looking for reviews on chanel WOCs actually since they’re not available here in the Philippines il have to buy online. I’m planning to buy mine in caviar thats camellia embossed. the first luxury bag that I bought for myself is a YSL WOC and I absolutely love it. like you I also use it on a daily basis wherever I have to go. I can imagine my chanel being like that too. Thanks for the wonderful review. I know id be loving the purchase
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Love the bag! Do you know how long the chain is, or could you measure it? Thinking of getting this bag but need the chain to be long…
Love the bag, wondering why your zipper has a leather puller instead of the metal one like mine ?
that’s because it’s an older model. The newer models also have a different button to close it from what I’ve seen.
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Many thanks for your sharing. It’s really hepful and i am inspired. I am thinking about it for several days and you help me to decide, especially your reason “give to my daughter”, i have the same thinking
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Hi Nina, how much was the bag originally? Thanks!