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Chanel 2.55: Classic Resilience

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By Hong Kong Tatler
September 07, 2011


It is no exaggeration when I say that the Chanel 2.55 has been the “it” bag for over 50 years. Since its debut in 1955, there has been at least a hundred different versions made with a range of materials spanning from denim to the most luxurious crocodile skin accented with a diamond buckle. This all-time classic is the perfect combination of beauty and practicality. What I personally love most about this timeless classic is the 'love letter pocket' discreetly hidden in the front flap of the bag. How romantically mysterious and practical!

With over a hundred versions of the bag available today, the best way to make the most out of it is to mix and match looks and use it on every possible occasion! After all, it is not just a day bag! Here are a couple of classic Chanel looks to go with a Chanel 2.55 for you to test out:


1) Black Tie: A true lady should always wear a long evening gown on such occasions and my personal motto is 'too much is not enough'. Long gloves, diamond chandelier earrings, diamond watches that don’t even tell time would be the least anyone could do. When using a Chanel 2.55 on such formal occasions, the key is to tuck away the chain inside the bag and to use the bag as a clutch. And Remember, always hold it from the top to avoid looking too granny-esque!



2) Cocktail: What better outfit to wear to a cocktail than a Chanel 2.55 paired with the infamous little black dress? To avoid looking too casual or corporate, the best way to use your 2.55 at a cocktail would be to retain most of the chain inside (say 80%) and leave an approximate 8cm drop of the chain to use as a top handle. Demure, ladylike and delicate!

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3) Work: I was once told by a girl friend that the best workbag is the Jumbo Chanel 2.55 since it can easily hold everything and anything needed. More importantly, the bag tidies up any look and is not too flashy for anyone who fears appearing unprofessional at the workplace.

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4) Casual: Last but not least, the Chanel 2.55 is the perfect accessory to finish off the everyday casual look. Whether it is worn off one shoulder or as a cross-body bag, the 2.55 will instantly glam up any outfit. To update Linda Evangelista's look, pair a white t-shirt and a vintage military jacket with this washed out pink 2.55 as a cross body bag!

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