The super-popular Chanel Boy Bag and the new-but-coveted Christian Dior Diorama Bag have a lot in common. The bags are both fairly new marquee additions to their respects brands’ lines, likely intended to appeal to a younger audience that might find their respective’ brands legacy offerings a little too ladylike. They also have similar structures and shoulder straps, but there are some noteworthy differences.

The Boy Bag, despite being a little edgier than the Classic Flap, does tend to have the sense of traditional luxury to it that generally characterizes Chanel bags. By the same token, the Diorama skews considerably more futuristic, which is Raf Simons’ general preference in interpreting Dior’s enormous aesthetic legacy. The bags have functional similarities, but the brands have chosen to take them in two distinct directions.

As for value: the bags are priced very similarly, and they come from brands that generally command prices at similarly high levels. There’s no clear edge one way or the other here.

In this Bag Battle, it’s impossible for me to pick a favorite overall; my preference comes down to the two specific versions of the bag being compared at any given time, and since both come in many sizes, leathers, colors and finishes, there are a lot of possible answers. Let us know which bag you like best in the comments!

Chanel Boy Bag
Starting at $4,000 in Leather

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Christian Dior Diorama Bag
Starting at $3,700 in Leather

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  • Dewi

    My love goes to Diorama. Its leather and craftmanship is better than Boy IMO. And I like that Diorama’s design is somewhat more edgy yet still lady-like. Plus with that quality it comes with cheaper price.

  • dela

    I like them both. But Boy Bag seems more versatile and, more importantly, the original prototype. The similarities between the two are quite remarkable.

    • Kay

      If I was thinking to purchase a bag within this range and budget, I will never have second thoughts to choose, cos there’s no comparison at all. Firstly Chanel bags has better resale value world wide,,and Chanel bags are Classic. I have doubts whether Diorama sales will last through the season, i just hate the silver thingy material it look so cheap! Can’t they be more creative, sorry guys at Dior. I don’t want to own a Diorama because it’s not original. No No Noooo!

  • Nan

    Definitely the Dior!!!!

  • As much as I’m not a fan of Chanel, there’s something about the closure on the Diorama that I don’t like. If I absolutely had to pick one, I’m going with the Diorama because Dior bags are better made!

  • Manolos21

    HUGE vote for the Boy Bag. I not only like the seasonal versions more than the Diorama, but I also like that it came first. In my mind, the Diorama blatantly copied many features of the Boy Bag. The Boy Bag also has higher resale value, if that matters. :)

  • Dior. Chanel boy bags irritate me :)

  • Lola

    I prefer the Dior bag in this case but I don’t know if it is going to be more than an it bag.
    The Chanel is already a classic which can last even after Lagerfeld.
    I have some doubts about the Dior for that.

  • MM

    Dior bag. Cheaper, and probably better quality.

  • Dylan Propst

    Diorama for sure. The Boy is too thick for my taste.

  • I own both and while I absolutely love Chanel, my vote goes to the Diorama. It is much lighter in weight and overall more elegant.

  • Maya

    Chanel Boy…no contest…

  • Charlie

    Boy bag, because it’s original

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  • Violet

    I personally don’t like both bags too much. If I had to choose, I would go for the Chanel, though. I can’t stand the clasp on the Diorama. Reminds me of the clasps on the plastic envelopes we used at school.

  • Chanel boy for sure. The silver foil-like material on the diorama bag looks a bit weird to me.

  • Both are lovely….but in general I’ve seen many more unique and special versions of the Diorama than the Boy. I’d go with the Diorama!!! Impeccable quality and vision.

  • Dwightinha

    So fed up with Chanel and their ridiculous price increases that I’d buy the Dior anytime.

  • Kathyjazz

    I love my two Boys, get excited every time new styles come out, and that clasp—tdf!

  • Sandy

    The Boy for sure. If you are going to invest your hard earned $$ for a bag it is your best bet for longevity.

  • Vicky

    I like the look of the boy more. The lock of Diorama look like a bird’s beak to me. But Dior’s craftsmanship is more superior than Chanel.

  • Anteya

    My love Diorama!!! This design is New Look!! Absolutely amazing! And also very pleased that Diorama lighter in weight than Boy!

  • dredre47

    Agree with posters who say the Chanel looks too thick and heavy. I don’t like how the larger sizes of the boy tend to get what looks like an indentation in the middle of the flap. I would choose the Diorama anytime. The way that the stitching on the flap is a magnified version of the classic Cannage stitching is just genius.

  • Nina

    Much as I love Chanel boy bag, it has become too common. So Diorama any day!

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  • Alex

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  • Giselle

    Great article idea, I like Boy more! I think you could have included LV Twist.

    • Dylan Propst

      I think the twist’s logo is a little too chunky to become classic.

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  • Jennifer

    Chanel. The Dior is nice, but even though the Boy bag itself doesn’t appeal to me, I think it’s enough of a variation on the classic flap that it’s staying power will outlast the Dior!

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  • Channel addict

    All my purchases are Chanel ! But I’m leaning towards Dior now ! I recently bought their perforated silver diorama in silver and it is stunning and weightless , compared to the Chanel large boy that I have !

  • Kate

    The Diorama is a clear rip-off of the Chanel Boy. Might as well get the original. The Boy will stand the test of time, whereas eventually we’ll talk about the Diorama by saying, “Hey, remember when Dior used to do a knock-off on the Boy bag? That was weird.”

  • pinkloverme

    I really do like Diorama. I love its femininity and everything it comes with. Although, I would still go for the Boy. I think that the Diorama is getting inspiration from the Classic Flap so might as well get the Boy from the same brand.

  • Baggaholic

    Chanel anytime