I think I’m the only person on the face of the planet who has a genuine distaste for blue. I didn’t realize that that was the case until I recently cleaned out my closet in an attempt to rid myself of things that I never wear, and I found myself left with a pile of blue clothing. Navy blue is one thing, but the blue I dislike tend to be any shade of medium or light blue, and baby blue in particular, which likely has something to do with my skin tone.

I’m not entirely opposed to the color, of course, but it has to be a really particular shade for me to want to incorporate it into my wardrobe. Luckily (or perhaps unluckily, depending on how you look at it) for me, this Balenciaga Giant Brief is exactly that color. I was dubious until I saw someone toting a City of the same color at Neiman Marcus recently, and laying eyes on it in person removed any shred of doubt that I have left. That Balenciaga can make me like a medium shade of blue is really a testament to their mastery of brights.

This particular Balenciaga shape may be too big for some people, but when you take out the stuffing and allow it to slouch, I think it’s pretty great. The proportion works particularly well with the giant silver hardware, which is my favorite of the brand’s four major options. I don’t wear much (or any) denim, and this shade (which is much richer in real life than in the photo) would probably contrast nicely with my normally black-heavy outfits. Perhaps I should reconsider blue’s role in my life and wardrobe. If only every blue were a Balenciaga blue…Buy through BlueFly for $1276.

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  • marian t

    this will be great for me as i tend to carry lots of stuff for my kiddies! nice bag and i love bright colors! (fb)

  • Amy

    Looks too worn for me. I’m not in the market for a used-looking bag. (fb)

  • BLynnT

    It does look a bit large for me personally, but I have to agree that they nailed it with the shade of blue here. I do wear more denim than you said you do, so I might have to be careful not to overdo the blue, but that doesn’t take away from how beautiful this bag is on its own. (fb)

  • annabelle

    OMG OMG OMG i want i want i want~ the shade of blue is pretty. i dont own anything with silver hardware but this one is nice!!! (fb)

  • Graciella

    I don’t like blue either – navy is the exeption – and I can’t say I particularly like this shade either…

  • Stacy

    Nice shade of blue indeed. I prefer silver hardware to gold any day of the week so again, this is right up my alley. The only thing that isn’t working for me is the size.

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  • covertanjou

    I prefer Balenciaga’s Giant Hip Crossbody bag. (fb)

  • Shelly

    i LOVE this bag!
    perfect for work! (fb)

  • Jane

    How funny that you lack blue in your wardrobe I too lack blue in mine as well. I never noticed this before until my boyfriend who is a cop moved in together and I started doing our laundry, all he wears is blue and I only have one tshirt that is blue. I like blue, but for some reason feel that I can’t pull it off because of my pasty white skin my skin is so white you can see my blue veins so I guess I don’t want to draw attention to that by wearing blue. However, I love this blue color it is just perfect and it isn’t the color of my veins :) (fb)

  • L

    I love blue, especially bright shades, and this is no exception!

  • AimeeR

    I LOVE this bag! And the color is perfect! (fb)

  • M

    I love this blue shade (fb)

  • Lauren H.

    I really love the shade of blue, but not crazy about the hardware. And, I LOVE the size of the purse…I am a fan of LARGE purses (I tote around a lot! I’m a mom ;)


  • anna

    i lvoe this!!!fb

  • polda

    lovely bag, gorgeous color, but I’m afraid it’s too big for me. And with this blue it would be better the gold hardware, the silver one disappears

  • ad

    omg im totally crazy about the bag. it looks verrryy gorgeous. and the price is verryy reasonable at $1200 range. The bag looks perfect in everyway, the leather, the hardware and the color! ohh.. (fb)

  • NB

    REALLY Pretty!

  • swags

    Amanda, for some reason I don’t wear much blue either (except for jeans) but shirts, I usually opt for something else.

    That said, I do think this bag is gorgeous and this shade of blue is stunning. I love the shape, the 2 handles, the zippered pocket on the front and the detail. If I had a budget for high end bags, I think I would go for this one.

  • Signe

    I think it’s amazing, but I’d much rather have it in gray (fb)

  • Raleine

    this bag is gorgeous! i especially love that it’s quite big so i can put lots of stuff in it. (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    useable (fb)

  • Mallory Antonino

    I love the giant brief, I like the color, it but I probably wouldn’t buy it in this color. (fb)

  • sheri d

    like the bag but don’t like this exact shade of blue (fb)

  • Melody

    i love it i love it i love it! =D (fb)

  • Cara

    Am I the only one who feels that the leather (at least in this photo) looks quite Matt & Natt ish ?

  • Jo-Anne

    I’ve been wanting a balenciaga bag. I thought this might be it, until i clicked on the link and found out it was sold out. =( (fb)

  • Lynette

    I love this shade of blue (fb)

  • Valentina

    I love blue but I don’t find this bag so appealing. (fb)

  • Celeste

    I love blue except for navy! We can switch blue clothes ;) Love the shade of blue on this bag. It’s rich without being a neon/electric/comic blue. My first Balenciaga is baby blue so he might need a big brother! But…I think still holding out for sorbet (fb)

  • Pat

    I’ve been looking for a blue bag for the longest time to add to my collection. I really like this pretty shade and love Balenciaga. (fb)

  • Shamron

    I’m another person who isn’t fond of blue. It’s definitely my least favorite color. However, I have to admit that I love this bag! (fb)

  • Sofia Nolan

    I was never crazy about balenciaga. It`s funny how leather looks the same on most of their bags. And when I say it looks the same, I`m talking about the plastic like look….

  • Anita

    I love this shade of blue & the hardware on it. It’s a little large for me, though.(fb)

  • sohhee

    LOVE Bal!! (fb)

  • CahtyFitz

    I honestly like B’s more cobalt blues. (fb)

  • Kayla

    Great bag! Balenciaga <3 also I am another hater of all things blue except for cobalt.. (fb)

  • Helena

    i wear blue jeans 90% of the time and I have this color in the Giant City version..You can wear anything you want and the bag with the jean bonds them together-love it (fb)

  • Barb

    Love LOve LOVE! I’m a sucker for an electric blue bag! (fb)

  • Handbag Lover

    I like the color but i notice that Tory Burch has one like it as well called Tevin bag. I like her’s better. I guess big bags are coming back.

  • Meredith

    I could take a pass on this bag. I don’t like the color, size or the silver hardware. Give me a great looking black bag any day of the week – or orange. Love orange.

  • Jacqueline

    I love the giant brief and I love this color too! (fb)

  • Leona

    Dare I say…. I actually dislike this bag. The shape, the colour, the studs/file tips (looks like metal working tools). (fb)

  • Kate

    I don’t love blue bags and I don’t love the size of this bag either nice try balenciaga (fb)

  • gacats

    The Bal bags just don’t seem to jangle my bells. Sorry (fb)

  • Lee-Anne

    I love this bag I want one (fb)

  • Karin bag4bag

    It is beautiful to me. Love blue bags – (Tano Most memorable tote my current favorite). I would like this bag but a bit pricey for me. (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    too blue (fb)

  • Dawn

    I like Bal! (fb)

  • Kadri

    totally like the ide of mirror, but not really fond of that colour! (FB)

  • Rashida

    I think it’s pretty! I’d wear it casual, with a cute top and skinny jeans! I like the shape and the color of the blue! Fb

  • Fiona-Brazil

    I believe if you check the blue Chanel 2.55 XL , degradée in the may issue of US Vogue, you may change your mind about blue.That blue is perfection…

  • Amelia Logan

    i also really do not like blue i won’t wear it. or brown, gold, pink, most red…

    i actually look nice in navy, but i hate brown and i don’t like to mix navy with black.

  • Roxanna

    Love this. Super cute, I’m imagining it with a bunch of outfits. (fb)

  • mika

    definitely love this piece! i want one!!!! (fb)

  • Lilly P.

    I love this bag but not the color. (fb)

  • Michelle S

    I have this bag and I absolutely love it. I goes with everything I wear, but than again I love blue and unfortunately I don’t understand why you hate blue so much. Everything is blue this season if you haven’t noticed.

  • Lisa

    I love this color! (fb)

  • Tiff Chao

    I don’t mind the blue but the design and structure of the bag is great. (fb)

  • stefaniewhite

    I prefer the smaller size…this one is too bold for me…


  • Jocephine

    Nice! Love it. (fb)

  • Leslie

    I don’t like the shape of the top of the bag where the zipper is. The blue is okay for me, I usually either like navy’s or really bright blues. (fb)

  • hiptownrose

    I like the shape and size, don’t like the color. (fb)

  • Kate

    Too blue, too trendy. There are few blue bags I like and this is not one of them. And with a second look, I am not a fan of the studs.

  • Lizzie

    OMG I LOVE this. I would kill for this bag!

  • Kate

    Oop, forgot to write “fb” on my last one. (FB).

  • Becko

    I love a brighter blue ( not electric blue ) w/ black or turquoise blue colors, but i agree baby blue is hard to pull off etc– not very versatile!– navy is tough for me– i always find myself buying navy clothes and then struggling w/ shoes/ handbag etc- i finally realized a bronze colored shoe looks okay w/ my navy summer things– anyway I think i would have to see this bag in person to appreciate the color. I would love a blue bag though, and it’s one color i really don’t have in my handbag wardrobe. (fb)

  • Missy

    I love this bag, I think it’s the perfect shade of blue. I wouldn’t buy it simply because I could never afford a bag over $1000 (fb)

  • Brenda Cervantes

    Fab color! Me likey! (fb)

  • Debbie C

    I like the color but have a feeling the bag itself would be way too big and heavy for me. (fb)

  • Tammie

    I love this handbag. I like the straps, the extra storage and though I am not a fan of too much blue either, I do believe this bag is eye candy! (fb)

  • Deborah Curran

    oh, I would be very happy to own this !! However, this shade of blue seems to make the bag a little more casual (reminds me of jeans). I however, would be very thrilled and could see me using it often. (fb)

  • febi(fb)

    I like this color for summer.

  • Nika

    I would love this bag in purple! (fb)

  • Mae

    Perfect bag any time of the day! (fb)

  • Joyce

    Not a fan of Balenciaga. :(

    sorry :/

  • kim

    Not a fan of blue either…but I love this Bal. (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    no blue for me (fb)

  • Becky

    I love this shade of blue! Not a huge fan of the bag itself but love the color (fb)

  • faith24

    this is weird looking shape for a bag. also, i can see why you may not like blue color, it reminds me of light denim which i also dislike (fb)

  • mtsft

    love the shape not the color.fb

  • Rachel

    I’m always iffy about bright blues…but I have Balenciaga French Blue and I love it! (fb)

  • Claudia varela

    I Love it!!

    • Claudia varela

      forgot to write “fb” .

  • Claudia varela

    I love it Nice Color!! (fb)

  • maritza A

    I love this color. I hope to own a b bag someday!!! (fb)

  • Beth

    I hate blue. But this is very nice. Great size. (fb)

  • !!!

    oh man are you not alone! i am not a fan of blue either…its always my last choice. but i am slowly finding things every once in a while that change my opinion. i appreciate this blog being open-minded… the bag snobs were really apt when they chose their name

  • Jocelyn

    I really like the color! (fb)

  • April

    This would look great with jeans.