A few weeks ago, I dished all about my recently Chanel purchase in Paris. For those who missed it, here’s the abridged version: I bought my first Chanel purse (the Classic Flap Bag) while I was roaming Champs-Elysées.

Before I decided on the Classic Flap Bag, I tried on multiple styles, from the Mini to the Large and Maxi. I even checked out the Wallet on a Chain version, along with a handful of Chanel’s latest and trendier releases. Though I ultimately decided on one of the brand’s oldest and most well known styles, I did learn quite a bit of useful information from my SA on Chanel bags overall.


If you’re familiar with anything Chanel, you’re probably well aware on how some of the chains are abnormally long, especially for women who fall on the shorter size (5’5 and below). In fact, my SA discussed how the ideal height for many of Chanel’s bags are 5’6 to 5’8 and up, making the iconic gold or silver crossbody chains just the right length for optimal use. Unfortunately, for someone of my height (5’4), the straps are just too long.

Solution? Wrapping the straps below the flap. This might sound a little confusing, but try to visualize it: Take your Chanel (Wallet on a Chain included) and lift up the flap. Wrap the chain across each side under the flap. In other words, take the left side of the chain and line it under the flap until it reaches the right side. Do the same with the right toward the left. Clasp the bag shut and it’ll be anywhere from four to six inches shorter, depending on the chain. You’re basically looping the straps under the flap and doubling it. As for some of the larger Chanel Flap bags, pull the straps and tuck them inside the bag and simply shut it. Yep, it’s really that simple!


Make note: This doesn’t work on all Chanel chain bags, including camera cases and some of the brand’s newer styles. The hack, either looping or tucking, is best used on the Classic flaps (any size).

If you happen to be tall enough where this isn’t an issue, I envy you! I’ve actually had a great deal of trouble in the last couple months in regards to finding camera bags (and crossbodies in general) that aren’t obnoxiously long (aka reaching my mid-thigh). I know this is a completely insignificant problem to have, but when you fall in love with a bag only to realize it’s too long, it stings. (OK… I’m well aware I’m being a little dramatic, but you know what I mean.)

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