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The Kelly Danse: Five ways to wear this versatile Hermès handbag

Looking for a pre-loved designer handbag that will go with everything? Look no further than the Hermès Kelly Danse. A variation of the hugely popular Hermès Kelly bag, the Danse is loved for its versatility. In fact, this designer bag can be worn in loads of different ways to suit your look, making it perfect if you love to switch things up with your outfits.

Whether you’re shopping for a treat for yourself or a gift for a fellow handbag-lover, the Kelly Danse is a gift that’s sure to become a wardrobe staple in no time. 

The evolution of the Hermès Kelly bag

The Hermès Kelly bag was first released in the 1930s as a practical yet stylish bag for ladies. In 1956, screen starlet and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, was pictured hiding her growing baby bump with a Kelly bag. Until then, the Hermès Kelly had been known as the Sac à dépêches, but it was quickly renamed in honour of Princess Grace. 

The shape and style of the bag still retain an element of vintage flair, but over the years exciting versions of the Kelly bag — like the Kelly Danse — have made sure it’s still a symbol of modern luxury. 

The original Hermès Kelly Danse bag was first released in 2007, and discontinued a few years later, making these first releases rare collector’s items. The sister of the well-loved Hermès Kelly bag, the Kelly Danse features the same recognisable trapezoid shape and triangular gussets, but without the top handle. In place of this, the Kelly Danse features a long strap that can be worn in a variety of different ways, for a really versatile and fresh take on the original design. 




Clutch bag

A sleek clutch bag is a must-have addition to any collection and, with party season just around the corner, now could be the perfect time to make a new investment. As the Kelly Danse doesn’t feature the top handle seen in the design of the original Kelly, it’s ideal for turning into a clutch simply by removing the long strap. 

Small enough to easily carry on nights out but with plenty of room for your phone, purse and lipstick, the Danse is sure to be the envy of your friends at your next girls’ night. Pair with your favourite party dress and heels to instantly add a shot of classic Hermès elegance to your occasionwear. 


It’s no secret that backpacks have been having a bit of a moment over the last couple of years. Far from the chunky rucksacks of our school days, backpacks have been given a modern makeover — making them a must-have accessory for any handbag enthusiast. The Kelly Danse is a hassle-free way to create a backpack on demand, just by changing up the strap so it can be worn on each shoulder. 

We love this look for casualwear, and it’s a great way to take all your essentials with you while you’re on the go. Whether you’re hitting the shops or popping out to lunch with friends, wearing your Kelly Danse as a backpack is a great way to add a cute but luxurious twist to an outfit. Pair with your favourite jeans, a cosy jumper and a baker boy hat for an effortlessly cool daytime look. 

Cross-body bag

For those days when you’ve got an endless list of errands to run, the Kelly Danse bag with a cross-body strap is ideal. Position the bag off centre at the front of the body to really show off your Hermès piece, as well as making it easy for you to grab your to-do list and tick things off. 

Make sure you’re comfortable and fashionable while you’re out and about by choosing a pair of straight leg jeans, a simple white shirt and a long trench coat for some relaxed, autumnal vibes. Add the final touch by throwing your Kelly Danse cross-body over the top for a dash of Parisian chic. 

Shoulder bag

If you’re searching for a smart handbag to add to your workwear wardrobe, the Kelly Danse is an excellent choice. Keep it classy and sophisticated by wearing your Kelly Danse over your shoulder, to keep your work phone and diary close at hand. Double up the long strap so it sits comfortably at your side, for a great way to amp up your workwear. 

Pick out a smart pencil skirt and feminine satin blouse to pair with your Kelly Danse handbag, and channel some of the vintage charm of its 1930s design at the office. Add a matching blazer for a co-ordinated look, or choose your favourite cardigan for something a little more cosy. 

Belt bag

Give the vintage Kelly Danse bag a seriously modern twist by wearing it as a belt bag. Secure around the waist of dresses or feed through the belt loops of your jeans to wear this versatile piece with your favourite outfits. If you’re jetting off on a winter city break, wearing your Hermès Kelly Danse as a belt bag is perfect for keeping your hands free and your belongings secure while you’re browsing the winding streets or even a Christmas market or two. 

Grab a denim boiler suit and feed the strap of the Kelly Danse through the belt loops for an off-duty model look that’s perfect for staying cosy and chic on all your weekend adventures. You could even add a pop of print to the look by reaching for a pair of leopard or snake print loafers to finish it off in style. 

Find your perfect Hermès Kelly Danse bag

If you’re looking for a versatile bag that tick all the boxes, the Hermès Kelly Danse will not disappoint. Check out our range of pre-loved and vintage Hermès handbags today, as a special treat for yourself or a Christmas surprise for someone special. 

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