To my dearest:
It’s been a long while since my last bag review, so I have to say this is LONG overdue! I was going down the list of my purses and decided to review one of the Chanel WOCS (wallet on chain)! And to tell you my personal story with it.
With the Chanel WOC, I was searching desperately for the classic caviar with gold hardware one for a while. I was waitlisted in multiple stores in New York and when my mind is into something, I just do a ton of research on an item. And YES – that entails a bunch of youtube videos and blog reading. THANK YOU to my fellow bloggers and youtubers who kept me sane while I was thinking about the Chanel WOC 24/7.
Well, during my research I stumbled upon the season’s WOC offering and it was the Trendy CC WOC that caught my eye. I immediately fell in love with it because of it’s interlocking C turnlock and the trendy bar on top. It was a WOC, but had elements of a Chanel Flap! I found it to be the perfect combo.
Then, the hunt for it began. I looked for SA’s all over the nation and texted them photos of the style I was looking for and finally located one in New York at Bergdorf Goodman! How lucky was I?! I jumped the gun and purchased it for myself in time for Valentines of 2017. It was definitely a nerve wrecking journey, because a limited amount of these were produced and the one I found was apparently the last one in the US and even Chanel Boutiques didn’t have them. I definitely lucked out.
Onto a review of the bag! I’ve owned it for almost a year now, so I can tell you all my personal experience with it.
About the Trendy CC WOC
A little background of the bag. The bag was first released for Chanel’s Fall 2016 collection and it’s the first WOC to feature the Trendy CC bar, which was based off of their Trendy CC bag. The first color released was the black and later an abundance of colors followed such as red and yellow. The bag is now a design available in limited quantities and limited colors as with most Chanel designs. So it’s really up to your luck whether you land the color of your dreams. Another thing to note is that this Trendy CC WOC only comes in lambskin and not caviar.
Durability of the Lambskin
Lambskin is always going to need more tender love and care than caviar. Chanel’s more recent lambskin is supposed to be more durable as they’ve added a new way to treat it. However, be reminded lambskin is unique so it depends on the quality of the batch. I would advise inspecting the quality before purchase. Mine was perfectly soft and felt on par in terms of quality. I did get a bad scratch on the back corner of mine when I fell onto concrete last July. But that’s a given since it scratched against concrete. My heart still aches from the incident, but it’s normal wear and tear. The same probably would have happened if it was other softer leathers such as calf skin.
Lambskin does not do well in rain, so do not get it wet. I do full protection for my bags, you can review how to in my previous post here. However, I would still not advise in heavy rain. I’ve gotten little water marks on mine when it drizzled and I cared less and just carried it. Granted the marks disappeared after it dried, I would advise against having contact with water. Just don’t use it on a rainy or snow day and you’re good to go. OR if you’re caught in such weather conditions with it – it’s a small bag so protect it by wearing it inside your jacket. Those scenes of ladies getting rained upon but protecting their bags as if their life depended on it, is not a joke, but a reality.
The size of the Trendy CC WOC is generous. Although it’s supposed to be a wallet on chain, it’s definitely a “bag” size for me as I always carry small bags when I can since it looks better on my petite figure. (Read more on 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Small Bag For Your Next Purchase!)
This WOC is definitely more roomy than your regular WOC. The interlocking C turn lock gives you a bit more room. The amount of stuff I can fit in it is the same as the amount I can fit in my 2014 small Chanel Boy bag. It’s also about the same amount as a Celine Small Box for reference. It will also fit approximately the same amount as the Chanel Mini Flap.
I think that this bag is super classic and workable with any outfit. This is probably one of my most used bags since I can use it all seasons. It’s easy to style and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it in person and on my instagram!
I got my Chanel Trendy CC WOC last year for about $2700 USD after tax. Chanel has increased their pricing yet again this year. An expected increase of roughly 6.5 – 8.2% on their classic designs, but a unexpected increase of a whopping 19% on their WOCS!
A Classic Chanel WOC was roughly $2100 and has now spiked to $2500. I could not confirm prices in stores for this Trendy CC WOC due to it’s limited availability. But you can expect an increase of roughly 19%. So it should be roughly $500 more before tax at a range of $3200 USD. I still spot some online at the $2700 price range, so I recommend checking it out at online consignment stores.
I think that the mix of classic and trendy makes this bag a strong contender against other WOCS on the market or other Chanel bags. I think the price point is decent for it’s intricate design. Chanel bags will always have a steady increase so it’s really an investment you have to make sooner rather than later if you have your eyes set on it. The lambskin is luxurious, but the high maintenance is definitely something to keep in mind. For me, it grew on me and has not been a big problem. This bag is definitely a keeper for me and will serve me for years to come.
Next week, I’ll be making price and size comparisons for this Chanel WOC to other Chanel pieces and really put it under the microscope in terms of price and size and telling you if it’s really worth it! So if you’re curious to know more, definitely stay in tune for another segment dedicated to Chanel bags!
I hope you enjoyed this post. And have a wonderful rest of the week!
For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.