How to choose the right size Hermès Birkin bag

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11 March 2021

Hermès Birkin Bag

You already know that a Hermès bag is an investment of a lifetime. But there are so many things that contribute to the high price. We share the 8 most significant reasons why a Hermès bag is totally worth your money! Birkins come in many different sizes and colours and are referred to by the numbers in centimeters of their length. While there is no official rule for choosing the right size Hermès Birkin, knowing what will fit in each of the sizes will help you choose the perfect Birkin for you. Although limited edition smaller and bigger Birkins have been made in the past (like the micro edition), these are the four main sizes that are available.

 

Hermès Birkin Bag Sizes

Birkin 25

L25×H20×W13

The smallest of the Birkin bags, the 25cm one, appeared in 2004. Because of its small size, it doesn't hold your bigger daily items and is mostly used as a stylish evening accessory. Go for a classic black version and you have the perfect bag if you only want to take your essentials with you.  

What fits?

  • iPhone 
  • small wallet 
  • sunglasses 
  • keys 
  • lipstick

 

Birkin 30

L30×H22×W16

Together with the 35 cm version this is the most popular Birkin size. However, it is hard to choose between 30 or 35. Depending on your height you can either choose the 30 or 35, with the smaller version more suitable for those up to 170 cm. Which also explains why it is more popular in Asia than in European countries. Do you want to go all out? Choose a Hermès bag in orange crocodile leather. 

What fits?

  • iPhone 
  • wallet 
  • sunglasses 
  • ​keys 
  • make-up bag 

 

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Birkin 35

L35×H25×W18

The 35cm Birkin is regarded by most as the best choice of Birkin and remains the most coveted size from Hermès, especially in the color black or blue. If you are over 170 cm, the 35 cm be the best fit. If you still can’t choose between the 30 and a35, then decide if taking your iPad or laptop is vital for you. If the answer is yes, then the 35 is your best pick.

What fits?

 

  • iPhone 
  • wallet 
  • sunglasses 
  • ​keys 
  • make-up bag
  • iPod/small laptop
  • charger

 

Birkin 40

L40×H30×W21

The 40 was the first Birkin, especially made for Jane Birkin. Most women think the bag is a little too big for daily wear which is why the two smaller sizes are more popular. However the bag is great when you are looking for a small travel bag. 

What fits?

  • iPhone  
  • wallet  
  • sunglasses 
  • ​keys 
  • passport 
  • make-up bag 
  • laptop 
  • charger
  • book 
  • bottle of water 

 

Are you more the classic type? Then you should definitely go for a Hermès Kelly bag. Not sure which one to choose? We listed the most important differences between the Hermès Birkin bag and the Kelly bag, from sizes to prices.