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Bag comparison: Hermes Birkin 30cm and 35cm vs. Chanel Jumbo

I’ve received quite a few emails and questions about how much a 30cm Birkin can fit versus a 35cm, and whether each fit more or less than a Chanel bag, etc. A sweet reader (hi Andrea!) suggested that I do a post showing how much could fit in my two Hermes bags, and I thought that was a great idea! Here goes, and I hope this is helpful. A disclaimer that I tried to show a true representation of what I fit into each bag, and I tend to just “throw” my things into my bags – I’m not one of those people who do some kind of Tetris puzzle solution to try to fit the maximum amount of stuff. I’m sure if you were were organized than me, you could fit more.

left to right: 35cm Hermes Birkin, 30cm Hermes Birkin, Chanel jumbo bag

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Standing upright

In case it isn’t self explanatory, the 35cm and 30cm for the Birkins refer to the length of the base of the bag – the 35 looks and is a LOT bigger though!

Chanel (single flap) Jumbo

So I thought I would do a progression of items – this is what I usually fit into a Chanel jumbo. My makeup bag, iPhone, little notebook, mints, long wallet, and sunglass case.

Hermes 30cm Birkin

The same fits comfortably into a 30cm Birkin…but I also add a large scarf/wrap/cardigan usually, and a magazine to read. Here, it’s The Economist because I am *ahem* Highly Intellectual. You could also probably fit an iPad or something similar and a bottle of water.

Hermes 30cm Birkin

Lots of room to spare – I don’t like filling to the top, the bag looks like a big stuffed rectangle then and it’s easy for pickpockets to grab your stuff.

Hermes 35cm Birkin

Now the 35cm…you can see I have everything that was in the 30cm, plus a beverage (love sparkling apple juice!). And I’m not actually an intellectual who reads The Economist – I’m actually a poser because I much prefer reading Bridget Jones Diary..!! The 35 fits an extra book easily. It could also probably fit a laptop and more.

Hermes 35cm Birkin

As you can see, there’s TONS of room to spare. The bag can easily fit in addition – papers for work, a laptop/tablet, and some snacks too. That’s what I usually add to it for travel/work. But the bag is way, way heavier! Even empty the 35cm probably weighs 2-3 lbs more than the 30cm – the 35 is not only larger but also made of a heavier leather. Here are a few more pictures of the bag with a laptop inside.

Hermes 35cm Birkin

Hermes 35cm Birkin

The laptop still fits inside (this is a 12′ laptop). So you can see, the 35cm fits a lot…but weighs a TON if you put this much inside.

You can see the 35cm on me in this post, and the 30cm on me in this post.

I also get asked a lot whether I would recommend a 35cm or a 30cm size Birkin, if I could only choose one to have. For me, my answer would be 30cm because that size is much easier to take from day to night. Here are some pros and cons

Hermes Birkin 30cm:

1. Easily goes from day to night

2. Lighter than 35cm (could be by pounds)

3. Some like the proportion better.

4. but…it doesn’t fit as much

5.  It isn’t as handy for travel…or work, if you need to carry a bunch of stuff with you

6. Some think that it looks too “tiny” on taller people (I think it looks fine).

Hermes Birkin 35cm:

1. Great size for travel and everything else – shopping, work, it will be used on many occasions

2. Some people prefer the proportion/size.

3. Again…it fits so much more!!

4. but…some shorties think that the 35cm overwhelms them 

5. Slightly more expensive than the 30cm

6. Can be quite a bit heavier! It makes a difference, trust me.

I hope this helps you all! Let me know if you have any further questions in the comments and I will try to answer.

PS: Looking for an easy tote but aren’t fully on board for the Birkin? My favorite under the radar but still totally luxury tote is by Bottega Veneta – beautiful and will last forever in black! 

At under $250, this Michael Kors tote will last a long time and is sleek and work appropriate.