This little Chanel bag is one of the brand’s most popular accessories, and it fits more than you’d think

I remember when I first heard of the Chanel WOC; I also remember it took me a while (maybe longer than I’d like to admit) to figure out “WOC” stood for “Wallet On Chain.” Chanel isn’t the only brand to make a WOC, but it’s arguably the brand most closely associated with the popular style, and much like many other Chanel pieces, the brand does its WOC oh so well.

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 6, 2015]

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I know many people who own a Chanel Wallet on Chain and have had many friends ask me if that should be their first Chanel purchase. The next question I’m often asked is if the Chanel WOC is really that great and usable, and the best way to answer that question is to tell you exactly what fits inside of it.

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Once you know what fits inside of the relatively petite Chanel WOC, it’s a lot easier to decide if the bag will be a good fit for your lifestyle. What I can tell you is this bag multitasks as a wallet, clutch and small crossbody bag, and it’s come in handy often for me and so many others. If you want to be part of the Chanel WOC fan club, look no further than the PurseForum.

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The Chanel WOC measures 4.9″ x 7.5″ x 1.4″. These dimensions appear small, but the bag ends up fitting much more than you expect. There are, of course, plenty of versions; pricing starts at $1,900 for leather. The version I have is the Chanel Stingray WOC, which currently costs $4,000. There is also a slightly smaller size of this bag, 4.5″ x 7.5″ x 1.6″ that offers a removable chain strap and costs $3,400.

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Here is what fits in the Chanel WOC:

– iPhone 6+
– Alligator card case from Lambertson Truex
– Louis Vuitton keychain and house key
– Car key
– Fresh Sugar lipgloss in Tulip | $22.50 via Sephora
– Gin Gins (I always have these!!) | $18.40 via Amazon
– Cash
– Credit Cards and other cards

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  • Pamela

    I am on the list for one!! Cant wait to get it.

    • There’s list for WOCs? Or you mean the Stingray?

  • KloeF

    I’ve never been the biggest fan of either WOCs or Chanel (don’t kill me), although I have to say, this one looks REALLY nice!

  • E Cooper

    Does anyone know the price of this one?

    • JaneH

      “The version I have is the Chanel Stingray WOC, which currently costs $3,400.”

      She wrote in the article. :)

    • $3,400

  • JaneH

    I really want to get one for my mom!

  • dinabobina

    Need one, want one! time to talk it up with the husband for xmas!

  • Jennifer McGee

    I absolutely love my WOC. I bought it on a whim at Neimans a few years ago. It is great with formal attire or jeans. I use was more often than my petite Shopping tote. Btw… I have the silver.

  • KDC

    Haha Gin Gins are the best. I never leave home without them.

    • I have an issue that leaves me with vertigo and nausea randomly, so gin gins are helpful for that but I’ve also become rather obsessed with them! So much so that I started to hurt my jaw chewing them so much haha

  • crescent

    Similar to what a wristlet can hold. Hmmm…

  • Kitty

    I just saw this version of the WOC at Neiman Marcus Coral Gables, it’s very beautiful! :)

  • BabyDietrich

    I was told by a Chanel SA that this WOC was $4000. Could you please double-check the price?

    • There are actually two sizes of this bag – one is $3,400 the other is $4,000, so your SA isn’t wrong. Dimensions are 4.5 x 7.5 x 1.6″ versus 4.9 x 7.5 x 1.4″

      • BabyDietrich

        Ah! Thanks for the clarification. Do you think the bigger/more expensive one would fit more stuff? That’s the only reason *I* would pay more money for it, not stingray on the back… I actually would love a back pocket! I love Chanel back pockets for Metrocards!!
        (You were a NYer so you will understand!)

      • Oh ya, I get it! It isn’t that different in size but it is just enough that the larger fits quite a bit more. But the smaller offers a removable strap and the slide pocket on the back…

        Can you go check it out in store to see?

  • I have the Timeless WOC (in a coral color that is out of this world)! I must say that, although small, it is indeed a lot more spacious than you would expect. It fits my LV zippy coin, my 5” smartphone, my lipstick and keys. I use the credit card pockets for my credit cards and the inside zipped pocket for my id and driver’s license. I use it when I go shopping or when I go to the Opera. It can be anything. From a wallet to a clutch to an evening purse (especially for Summer due to the color).
    Megs yours is heavenly! :)

    • Yep, it expands and ends up fitting quite a bit :)

      • I must add that the WOC was a very reluctant buy for me. Because of its size of course, but mainly because I am a curvy girl and I always thought that I should only carry large bags in order to balance the proportions (of my exuberant figure) :) So I was so pleasantly surprised when I saw how many things I could fit inside and how well it looks on me!! :)
        (I had to say this for all the curvy girls out there who want one and hesitate for the same reason!)

  • The WOC ranks no.1 on my wishlist right now. Although I’m hoping to pick up a classic one, this stingray boy WOC is stunning!

  • Sparkletastic

    Ok. So. WOW! Your stingray bag is mind blowing my gorgeous. I would love it in a medium size!!!

    But, I just can’t embrace this trend. Just too tiny for me. My biggest issue is that there is no room for sunglasses. And I wear sunglasses every day of the year. So WOC would be an evening only bag for me.

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    • TBH, you might be able to fit sunnies in there, but not in a case and that means they can easily get scratched!

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        I put my sunglasses in fabric pouch.

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  • Helene Gardner Kaufman

    This was on my wish list the other day when you asked what bag are you dying for. I love yours! TDF for sure!

  • Suzanne

    Oooh I saw this stingray WOC in a boutique recently. It’s so beautiful it hurts. Enjoy yours!

  • Rashmi

    Hi Megs, where did you get this beautiful stingray WOC? It is simply gorgeous and I’m glad it fits more than it looks like it would fit.

  • Sandy

    I love big bags so I was hesitant at first to purchase a WOC. It was a very good purchase. I take it on every vacation and every outing that a bigger bag would be a nuisance. It holds more than enough when you want to be hands free…out site seeing etc. It is a very useful and stylish bag.

  • Cara M

    This bag is stunning! WOC doesn’t make a lot of sense for me right now, but this version is so beautiful it could make me change my mind.

  • ReneeO

    Whoa, the stingray on this is sooooooo beautiful!!!! Wow!

    • AltEuropa

      Have you seen a live stingray? They are beautiful. Shouldn’t really end up in a purse. Mind you, I love Chanel but sorry, not one made of Stingray.

      • Puja Wahi

        I thought that was just the name! Do they actually skin a stingray?!

  • Imgoingbroke

    Megs, yours is so pretty I love it. What do you think about putting it inside a larger bag, and then when you run in to get your facial or bank or whatever, just pull out the WOC and use it that way? I carry large handbags, all my Chanel are at least 13″ wide, so I think this would fit in it nicely without too much bulk, am I right? Also, is it crossbody?

  • Goldie James

    $4,000 for a. WOC?? Where have I been! ????
    It is beautiful though!!

  • Scottsdale Kim

    Have there been any blogs on WOC bags in general? I am fixated on the Hermes Convoyeur although I’ve never seen one in person. It is over $4000 as well. I’m interested in which WOC models can sensibly carry a phone and those awfully large car keys.

  • ellavanw

    It is the most useful travel bag ever. You can wear it cross body through the airport and it carries everything you need to get on the plane without being a third carry-on. When you get to your destination you can use it as a wallet, evening bag, etc. It pops right into a tote. I have two and use them constantly. (I travel for work a lot.) The new patent ones hold more – I think they stretch a little. Love!!

  • FashionableLena

    Have you tried to put your phone in the bag with a case? I don’t ever take the off of my phone.

  • Sarah

    I own a WOC from Chanel too but could never figure it out what fits in the zipper compartment underneath the top flap =/

    • Png

      I use it as life saver or secret compartment for extra cash, 1 check when u needed.

    • Tre Hathaway

      I watched a Youtube video where the girl put her passport in it if she was traveling abroad.

  • Amanda

    I just got my first Chanel a few months ago, and it was the caviar WOC! I love it! It’s the perfect size for me as I am a petite girl. I like how it can easily convert it from a casual weekend day bag to a going out/evening bag! :)

  • Jerri R

    I am CCCCCrazy about that LV keychain!!!!

  • Tre Hathaway

    I walked into a Chanel boutique to buy a card case and walked out with a caviar WOC. The SA was shocked that they had one in stock and when she checked the system, she said there were only 2 in the whole country at that time. I couldn’t walk away from it. It was my first Chanel purchase and it is perfect for running errands. I will definitely pack it when we travel this summer.

  • psny15

    i love megs croc wallet

    was never a fan of the woc or boy bag!

  • ahhhsoneo

    I Keep the content of my WOC to the bare minimum, similar to yours. I love to use mine in this way as then it’s easy to throw it in a larger bag if i need to carry more.

    I love the WOC in all it iterations.
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