Chloe Small Nile Bag Review

I have a strong love for handbags – they can be the center of an outfit while elevating high
street brand outfits. With a limited budget, I generally purchase 1 (or 2 if I don’t buy random things) quality bags a year to add to my collection. Chloe small Nile was my 2017 choice. After using it for more than half a year and taking it on to two trips, I’ve got the real pros and cons about the bag here. Read on to find out what I love about the bag and most importantly, what I don’t love about the bag.


  • It’s cute. No, it’s SO cute. I fell in love with the design of Nile. The round buckle at the front just
    makes it so fun and chic. The small size is proportional to my 5’2 frame and the bag just
    looks super stylish!
  • Short strap: this is very important to me. Cross body bag is my favourite type of bag,
    because they free up my two hands (so I can shop with one hand and sip coffee with the other). However, I am short. With my height at 5’2, most cross shoulder bags on the market
    have straps that are simply too long for me. Here is a tip for you: when wearing a cross body
    bag, the bag should hit around your buttocks area, no longer than your buttocks. When your cross body bag hangs at your thigh area (too long), it makes you look shorter. On the other
    hand, if the bag hits your pelvis area, you’d look taller and more proportioned. SO, coming back
    to Nile bag, the strap is short enough for my frame (19.7 to 22.8 inches) – super duper
  • Comfortable strap: Nile’s strap is very comfortable. When wearing the bag on one shoulder,
    the bag stays put on my shoulder and doesn’t slip off.
  • Can be worn two ways: the bag can be worn two ways – as a cross body and as a top handle, carrying the bag by the round buckle. Strap is removable too. I love the versatility.


  • Size: This is a really small bag. It doesn’t fit much, which is a pro and a con at the same time. For me, this bag is a tad too small. The bag does fit an iPhone 6+ (or 7+), see photos above, BUT, it’s a struggle to put it in/take it out. Once I put my phone in the bag, I don’t want to take it out because it’s too difficult to put it back haha. I so wish Chloe designed the bag just half an inch wider. That will make everything much easier.
  • The front button: the front button that opens the bag is a very tight magnet button. It makes opening the bag much less convenient because I’d have to try hard to pull it open, while making sure I don’t scratch the leather.
  • The leather: my bag has suffered a few scratches as the leather is not completely scratch-proof. I am somewhat okay with the scratches because I know it’d happen sooner or later.

Overall, given the cons, I still love the bag. Because I bought the bag when it was a hot new item, I didn’t get to feel it in person before placing an order. I never realized it was this small and the front button was this tight. And yes, I really don’t like the front button. Would I have bought it again if we reversed time back to spring this year? Maybe not. HOWEVER, if you are in love with the design of the bag, everything will be worth it. Are you eyeing a small Nile? How are you loving yours? What do you think of the bag? Let me know in the comments!!





    • Irene
      December 21, 2017 / 10:40 pm

      I can’t get enough of the handle! It’s so pretty!

  1. December 25, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    I love this bag and how you’ve styled it multiple ways! Thanks for the honest cons though, always good to be aware!


    • Irene
      December 25, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      Thanks Akshaya!Thought I’d let everyone know all the pros and cons!

  2. December 25, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Its such a cute bag! I love the look of lambskin but I would scratch that in 2 seconds. Definitely gonna have to be careful about that!


    • Irene
      December 25, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      I gave up protecting the lambskin long ago… I know I’d scratch it sooner or later haha

  3. nana
    December 25, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    love the handbag. it’s simple yet very chic. Merry Christmas. =) feel free to drop by on my blog. keep in touch =)

    • Irene
      December 25, 2017 / 10:57 pm

      Hey Nana! Thanks 🙂 I will visit your blog. Merry Christmas!

    • Irene
      December 26, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      Thanks Rae! I really enjoy carrying this bag. 🙂

    • Irene
      December 26, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      It’s such a cute bag!! Thanks Violette

    • Irene
      December 26, 2017 / 4:35 pm

      teehee I am loving how versatile the bag is! Thanks Cindy

  4. December 26, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    My heart breaks when I get my first scratch on a leather bag! I love how the Chloe Nile looks! I’m debating between this and a larger Faye!

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_


    • Irene
      December 27, 2017 / 5:01 pm

      ooohhh I love the medium Faye. Still looks so good after many seasons.

    • Irene
      December 27, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      ME TOO!!

  5. December 26, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Now that’s a gorgeous bag. I love the ring handle, so fab and edgy.

    Jessica |

    • Irene
      December 27, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      The ring handle is my fav thing about the bag. Makes it so versatile!

    • Irene
      December 27, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      I can’t get enough of this bag! So stunning

  6. January 7, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    the first time I saw this bag on social media I fell in love with it, then I got a bit tired of seeing it everywhere but it’s nonetheless a really beautiful piece. I love the golden handle above all! I found this review really useful and honest, thank you for sharing Irene and hope you are enjoying the first days of the year 🙂

    Saida | She talks Glam