Bag review: YSL Saint Laurent wallet on chain (+ comparison with Chanel WOC)


Saint Laurent wallet on chain (sold at SSENSE with free international shipping or at Saint Laurent), Express shorts, Ann Taylor sweater, Ray Ban sunglassesBP wedges (runs small), Kate Spade watch

I’ve gotten lots of questions about this Saint Laurent wallet on chain purse, and had been waiting to use it more before doing a formal review. Long story short, I’m in love with it and find it to be both beautiful and more importantly, super functional!


My Chanel caviar wallet on chain (see my review) is one of my top three favorite bags in my entire wardrobe, so I was thrilled to find a similar functional, convertible purse in a different color scheme. For all my trips this year I’ve been packing this one with me – it serves well as a cross-body for casual wear (above) and clutch for more formal events (ie. here), all in one.

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Left: Saint Laurent wallet on chain purse – in many classic colors
Right: Chanel wallet on chain (see my video review)

The leather of the Saint Laurent wallet on chain purse is a pebbled textured caviar leather that feels sturdy, and is very easy to wipe clean. I take this bag everywhere and have had a few mishaps with food and drink, but thankfully everything has wiped right off. The interior of the bag has plenty of little details for organization, very similar to the inside of the Chanel WOC….

There are slots for over 20 cards, a larger pocket behind the back row of card slots, another larger pocket that my lower thumb is holding shut by accident, and a small zippered compartment. The chain strap is removable and snaps on and off. In comparison, the Chanel WOC strap does not come off so I just tuck it inside when using it as a clutch. Being able to remove it vs. having to tuck in is a nice option to have, when every little bit of interior space is valuable!

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I usually carry the following inside: phone, keys, coins, bunch of cards, sunglasses (only case-less or very slim cases like the Ray Ban ones will fit), and makeup essentials like eyeliner, lip balm, and concealer.

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Although the measurement of the Saint Laurent bag is notably bigger at 9″ length x 6″ height, it turns out the Chanel WOC does expand quite a bit in depth and can possibly fit the same amount of items. I have never carried sunglasses in my WOC bag though – I don’t like expanding the bag quite so much as I’m afraid the tiny snap button will pop open.

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This brings me to my one and only complaint about the Saint Laurent bag – when the top is closed, there is a tiny gap which you can see below right where the chain comes in and out. Although it hasn’t happened to me, I feel like small objects like a pen or eyeliner could potentially fall through. Hence I always keep important small things like keys in the zippered compartment.

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Back view:

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Here’s how it looks with the chain detached:

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Another thing I love about the Saint Laurent bag is the length of the chain strap is very petite-friendly! See how it compares to the Chanel WOC, for which I always have to tuck an extra length of the strap inside the flap of the purse. The Saint Laurent strap drop length measures approximately 19 inches.
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I hope you guys found this review helpful! Let me know if you have any questions. By the way, Instagram friends know that I actually bought a different bag first – the tassel bag in medium:


Be still my heart, I still find this to be an absolutely gorgeous and classic purse, down to the clean design and vintage YSL-inspired tassel. I had been looking everywhere for it and ended up having it shipped from a Saint Laurent store in PA. (Big FYI, their brick & mortar store policies are completely different than their online ones. They charge for shipping, and I was surprised to see on my receipt that there are no refunds – only store credit for returns within 10 days). However, upon careful inspection I noticed the bag arrived with scratches already on the calfskin. I felt that with my klutzy habits, this poor bag would be completely stained and scratched up in no time. I was able to return it despite the stringent store policy, due to it arriving damaged. It all worked out for the better, but I just wanted to share about the tassel bag for those interested!

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    You look like Wendy Nguyen..are you in any way related?

    Posted 7.13.15 Reply
  2. You have great taste!! I purchased the SL in "porcelain" and absolutely love it. The chevron makes the style and it is just so "fresh" looking. The chain is substantial as well. I like it so much will go back for another color:) Well worth the price.

    Posted 6.25.15 Reply
  3. Exceptional,Exquisite…………..

    Posted 6.20.15 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    I was wondering if the chain rubs against the flap of the YSL bag. It looks like there's no wear there in your photos, but I have similar bags where the strap will rub against the leather with noticeable wear and tear. Just wondering if you've had similar experiences after carrying the bag for awhile. Thank you!

    Posted 6.17.15 Reply
  5. Hi Jean,
    I'm wondering if you have a sizing/fit review up about the Express jean shorts you're wearing in this post? I'm curious about what size you ordered and how they fit. I normally wear 3-4" shorts, and saw online those are about 2 1/2". Thank you:)

    Posted 6.16.15 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi I bought the sweater in an xs petite. I find it to be a little boxy looking on me and was thinking I should have ordered an xs regular for a longer , less boxy look. I love the material though it does snag easily. But I guess that's the nature of a linen knit and doesn't reflect so much on quality issues

    Posted 6.12.15 Reply
  7. Shirlyn O wrote:

    Your YSL bag is gorgeous. Is the bag comfortable being worn as a crossbody? I got myself a Ferragamo perforated leather Ginny crossbody bag in Macaron (pink) and the strap is rather long if carried on the side (not as crossbody). Wish I had seen this post earlier. 🙂

    Posted 6.10.15 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Can you please give recommendation on camisole for this sweater and under silk shirts

    Posted 6.9.15 Reply
  9. Your whole outfit in the second pic is way too cute! I love those neutral sandals <3

    Posted 6.8.15 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Awesome! Can't wait and good luck on your wedding!

    Posted 6.5.15 Reply
  11. Kate N wrote:

    don't know how i missed it, thank you :).

    Posted 6.3.15 Reply
  12. I love the color scheme!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  13. mybeautrip wrote:

    Pink bag is amazing and I need the shorts!!!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  14. Jean wrote:

    Hi Violet – I won't be able to do a post for a while since we're still renovating, but I keep most of my bags in dustbags and store them one inside another (ie. the smaller wallet on chains go inside bigger totes. Bags that don't have anything inside are usually stuffed with large scarves to keep their shape and structure.

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  15. Jean wrote:

    The YSL is $1490 in the US as shown in the link (about 25 – 30% less in Europe), and the Chanel I'm really not sure! They aren't sold online and mine is very old.

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  16. Jean wrote:

    I really can't name a top three, but I knew for sure that the WOC would be amongst those : ) Other bags that I use regularly are my Goyard St Louis tote, my Coach court crossbody, Ann Taylor gallery tote, Tory Burch and Prada convertible strap satchels…it all depends on the occasion though (ie work vs weekend)

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  17. Jean wrote:

    The Chanel strap when tucked in takes up a little space, maybe similar to what a piece of makeup would take up, but not terrible. I feel the snap on the YSL is a little sturdier, but that could also be because it's newer vs the Chanel which I've probably snapped open and closed a thousand times now!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  18. Jean wrote:

    Hi Kate – they are Dune London brand. I did a post about them earlier last week!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  19. Jean wrote:

    So far so good! I feel like that usually happens when dark jeans get wet, though, and I haven't had that issue yet.

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  20. Jean wrote:

    Thanks! It's Essie Pound Cake (an old one)

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  21. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – I am incorporating a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with my family, and also wearing a Qi Pao / cheongsam style dress but not in red. Will do a post with photos after my wedding!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  22. Jean wrote:

    They are really so similar, it's hard to say!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    I felt I ove the Chanel WOC better than YSL, the YSL chain looks little bit cheap compare to Chanel.

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  24. Violet wrote:

    Hi Jean! I would LOVE for you to do a post about how you organize all your beautiful clothes and accessories when you aren't wearing them. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Interesting. A helpful element of a review and any comparison is the retail price of each. Can you share that? I wasn't sure if there was a reason you left it out.

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  26. Nice review my dear!!! YSL is my favorite!!! Have a nice day, kisses from Italy,

    Eniwhere Fashion
    Eniwhere Fashion Facebook

    Posted 6.2.15 Reply
  27. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jeans, you mentioned that the WOC is one of your top 3 bags. What are the other 2 Jeans? Can you do a post with your most worn handbags and shoes ? thank you in advance.

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  28. adrienne wrote:

    Still loving the blush for summer! Such a great look!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  29. Hi J! Thanks so much for your post! I love how you compared the 2 items and the pictures with all the contents are very helpful! No one else has done this on other blogs and I've been scouring all over. I had one question regarding Chanel WOC; when you tuck in the chain/strap, does it bulk up the wallet and therefore minimize the content potential? You mention the gap it creates on YSL but overall the snap enclosure on both are pretty sturdy, no? Thanks so much! – Min –

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  30. Gorgeous I love the pink YSL bag so much!!

    Posted 6.1.15 Reply
  31. I really love the color of the YSL bag. I'm a sucker for blush, and I've bought three bags from Tory Burch this year in the same blush shade (whoops!). I'm actually getting use out of each of them, though, since blush is surprisingly easy to wear with anything!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 5.31.15 Reply
  32. Makes me wonder what you do for a living. Jeez thats very expensive for a normal person. haha

    Posted 5.31.15 Reply
  33. Christie wrote:

    Thanks so much for this review Jean! This is super helpful and now I definitely know that I want this bag. I love how you compared it to the Chanel WOC as I have that too but I wanted something even roomier but not too heavy on the shoulder. I do wonder about colour transfer as the leather is pebbled and the colour is a blush but I guess a darker colour bag would be easier to maintain.

    Posted 5.31.15 Reply
  34. coffeeslag wrote:

    Thanks so much for this review!! I love both, they look amazing on you. I love these kind of high end reviews, especially for people like me who are debating buying them. Thank you!


    Mango Favorites

    Posted 5.31.15 Reply
  35. Ami wrote:

    Its such a gorgeous pink! Love how you've matched the bag and watch as well in your outfit

    Posted 5.31.15 Reply
  36. Kate N wrote:

    i really like your sandals with the bling bling heel, where can i find them please.

    Posted 5.31.15 Reply
  37. Jamie Wong wrote:

    Have you noticed any color transfer from it running against your jeans or other dark bottoms?

    Posted 5.31.15 Reply
  38. Lovely blush pink YSL bag, it's so pretty and comes with so many compartments! Thanks for the review!


    Posted 5.31.15 Reply
  39. That bag is just stunning, love the color.

    Diary of Elegance

    Posted 5.30.15 Reply
  40. Anonymous wrote:

    snap is regular button snap. sorta wish it was magnetic but it might be more secure that way i guess.

    Posted 5.30.15 Reply
  41. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Some of the leather are too delicate. These are great information. I definitely love the caviar one better too:P

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 5.30.15 Reply
  42. Diana wrote:

    Hi Jean – what nail polish color do you have on? It's lovely!

    Posted 5.30.15 Reply
  43. Anonymous wrote:

    Cool. Thanks for sharing.

    Also, I was wondering if you could do a post or YouTube video on how (if) you are integrating Cantonese wedding traditions for your wedding? Particularly if you're choosing to wear the traditional red dress in a modern context?

    Posted 5.30.15 Reply
  44. Anonymous wrote:

    that's the one thing I don't like about the long length of the WOC, I also have to luck it so that it's shorter for my body frame. However I think that can cause stress to the flap even though it's caviar it still can get damage IMO

    Posted 5.30.15 Reply
  45. Suzie Q wrote:

    The bag is gorgeous with its color and design! So versatile that the strap comes off. Thanks so much for such a helpful review! After reading this, the bag moved up higher on my want list 🙂

    xo, Suzie Q

    Posted 5.30.15 Reply
  46. I've been loving that bag in your outfits! It's the perfect blush color and the gold detailing is beautiful.

    Posted 5.30.15 Reply
  47. Lylarush wrote:

    Very nice. Which strap is heavier?

    Posted 5.30.15 Reply
  48. Soo beautiful 🙂 !


    Posted 5.30.15 Reply
  49. Colleen wrote:

    Wow SO GORGEOUS! I know I've made it when I can afford a bag like that 😉


    Posted 5.30.15 Reply
  50. I am drooling all over this! Is the snap magnetic, or is it just a plain snap?

    Posted 5.30.15 Reply

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