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Bag Battles: Chanel Boy Bag vs. Christian Dior Diorama Bag


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!





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Fendi By The Way Bag Pink Embellished

Fendi released its now-coveted By The Way Bag last year at this time. Fendi has been at the top of the bag world for a little while now, sticking to a handful of great styles and coming up with a different spin on each one every season. I’ve loved the By The Way bag for a while now; the shape is very different from the 2Jours and 3Jours, and there isn’t anything else quite like it on the market.

Fendi is also winning at embellishments, from the beautiful to the quirky to the crazy, and in this case, it’s a little bit of quirk that lends the perfect additional touch. This By The Way bag features a tail, and while that sounds harsh, the lavish crystals on the tail somehow make the whole thing make perfect sense. I always opt for a smaller bag when it comes to choosing a crazier design, and the light pink leather on this mini version with the yellow-toned crystals is the perfect combination. Shop Fendi via Nordstrom.