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YSL Loulou Medium: My 2-Year Use Review + What Fits

I’ve had my YSL Medium Loulou for more than two years now, so I’ve had some time to test it. In today’s post, I’ll show you everything I can fit in my bag and how I style it. I will also go through the pros and cons of this handbag and compare it in size to the YSL Small Loulou. 

My new YSL Lou Lou bag

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Why I Ordered The YSL Loulou Medium in Quilted Leather

The Saint Laurent Loulou bag was actually the first designer bag I’ve ever bought. It was really exciting for me! My collection has grown quite a bit since I first ordered the YSL Loulou a couple of years ago. 

But, I initially started my designer bag hunt I was looking for a timeless, versatile handbag that I could use for daily use but wouldn’t look out of place if I used it for a dinner date. I also wanted it to be something I could wear as a crossbody when I’m traveling and not be overly easy to pickpocket.

My thought was this way, I would only need one go-to designer bag in my collection. (That was a nice thought….)

The YSL Loulou seemed to check all of these boxes. It is quite versatile, and the strap is adjustable—you can wear it as a shoulder bag or a crossbody. I love the gold hardware and the calfskin leather—it’s so beautiful. 

I just wasn’t completely sure of the size I wanted, so I ordered a small YSL Loulou and a medium to see which one would work better for me. (I knew the Toy Loulou would be WAY too small for me, and the large was not something I needed.) I ordered the small from Mytheresa and the Medium from Neiman Marcus—those were just the sites at the time that had the color and size that I wanted. 

MY YSL LOULOU YouTube video:

Size Comparison of the YSL Loulou Medium and the Small

The small Loulou on the left is from Mytheresa & the medium Loulou on the right is from Neiman Marcus.

The YSL Loulou small is 9″H X 6.6″ W X 3.5″ D. See the photo below to understand the measurements better.

Photo of the YSL loulou small with ruler graphics showing the dimensions of the bag.

The YSL Loulou Medium is 8.6″H x 12″W x 4.7″D.

YSL Loulou Medium with ruler graphics showing the measurements of the bag

At the time I ordered the medium from Neiman Marcus, the price was $2490.  And the small one from Mytheresa was $2290. So, not a big price difference in the grand scheme of things.

Please note, though, that these prices have changed over the last couple of years. The exact same medium Loulou currently retails for $3,200. And now the small Loulou retails for $2,950.

Anyways! I personally thought the small just looked kind of boxy and strange. I didn’t love this size, and for a $200 price difference, the medium just seemed far more practical. I returned the small to Mytheresa and kept the medium.

What Fits in My YSL Loulou Medium

Everything I can fit in my YSL Loulou Medium featuring a water bottle, small hairspray, deodorant, tampons, pads, handwipe, wallet, Kindle, Keys, Passport, koozies

This is everything I can comfortably fit in my YSL LouLou: a small water bottle, passport, Kindle, small hairspray, deodorant, powder compact, lipstick, lipgloss, keys, wallet, sanitizing wipe, tampons, pantiliners, and koozies (you never know when you might need one in Wisconsin!).

Everything I can fit in my YSL Loulou Medium featuring a water bottle, small hairspray, deodorant, tampons, pads, handwipe, wallet, Kindle, Keys, Passport, koozies

Now, I don’t carry all this stuff with me on a daily basis. The only time I have it this loaded is when I’m traveling; what I do is wear my camera backpack and then use the bag as a crossbody. It’s the height of fashion right there when I’m running through the airport! (See below.)

On a daily basis I’m typically just using my keys, wallet, chapstick, feminine products, koozie, and four million receipts I cleaned out before I did this blog post!

Ways I’ve Styled My YSL Loulou over the Years

This bag is quite versatile! As you can see below, I can easily dress it up with a formal dress. I’ve also paired it with some more casual dresses for traveling. It looks great with a blouse and jeans. And I’m convinced this cream color goes with absolutely every color. Super versatile.

Floral Printed Chiffon Tiered Midi Dress by Marchesa Notte worn by Have Clothes, Will Travel
Lindsey wearing a black Tentree dress, YSL cream loulou bag, and cream Vivaia flats in Denver during summer
Lindsey wearing a white blouse with cropped jeans, nude colored Cult Gaia sandals and holding a YSL loulou medium bag
SCOTTEVEST travel dress worn in Denver by Have Clothes, Will Travel
Wearing my Vivaia Aria flats + Salty Crush dress at Meow Wolf Denver
Trying out a LilySilk silk dress.
Lilysilk winter collection styled by Have Clothes, Will Travel
McKinnon Midi Dress by Lilly Pulitzer

Pros and Cons of the YSL Loulou in Medium

Now let’s talk pros and cons of the YSL Loulou Medium.


  • It’s absolutely stunning. The leather is soft and beautiful, yet it is resilient. Despite how soft it feels, I haven’t had any issues with this bag getting dented or scratched over the years.  
  • I love the gold hardware, and the ability to use it as either a shoulder bag or crossbody is a cool option.
  • The interior in the medium is very roomy, and the inner zipper pouch is a great feature. (this part go kind of awkward on camera, we could just cut after saying its roomy and the zipper 
  • It’s quite versatile, as you can see in the various ways I’ve styled it over the years.
  • It’s very sturdy, and well structured. 
  • It’s holding up very well, after a couple years of use, it still looks new. Granted, though, I am not overly rough on this bag and don’t throw it on the ground or anything. It is an expensive bag, so I treat it kindly when I’m using it.
Wearing my Vivaia flats + Tentree dress + YSL Loulou before walking to dinner.
I really don’t like where this bag hits when used as a crossbody.


Oh boy, unfortunately, I have quite a few cons to discuss about the YSL Loulou. These are things that are very apparent after a couple of years of using it, but it was honestly stuff I noticed right away when I first tried the bag on and chose to ignore, thinking I would get used to it, or I was just being overly judgemental because it was the most expensive bag I ever bought and I expected perfection. So, I talked myself down when I noticed these cons and went ahead and kept it…

  • The first con is that this bag is an awkward length for my body. I’m 5’5” tall, and this bag just hits such weird areas when I’m using it fully extended as a crossbody. It does sit better as a shoulder bag for me. This might be less of an issue for someone who is more petite than I am.
  • This bag feels heavy and uncomfortable to use. I weighed it with my luggage scale, and it weighs 2.2 lbs with nothing in it, which doesn’t sound like a lot. So I weighed a couple of other handbags I use on a regular basis, and I found that they are roughly the same weight. (See below) So, I think it’s just the way that this weight is distributed with the YSL Loulou, and the straps make it uncomfortable to use.

Cons continued…

  • The snap closure on this bag is a pain the you know what to get to close when you have stuff in it. And when I’m traveling this can be super annoying. 
  • I also wish it had the feet on the bottom. It’s a big enough bag where I feel it would benefit and not sit so strange when I set it down, especially when it’s full of my stuff.  
The YSL loulou medium with gold hardware in cream
The back of the YSL loulou

Verdict – is the YSL Loulou Worth it? Should You Buy One?

If you’re reading this post, it’s likely because you are considering buying this bag for yourself. This is ultimately a very personal decision. If you search what the best designer bag is, you’ll get a list of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, YSL, Chanel, etc., and it can be overwhelming to make this decision!

But the best designer bag is ultimately the one you will actually use and cherish for years. And this will be different for everyone. 

For me, the YSL medium Loulou was not that bag. I knew that almost immediately when I tried this bag on, but I sort of gaslit myself into thinking this bag was perfect for me because it is so freaking gorgeous, and on paper, it really is the perfect bag for me.

Over the last couple years, though, I’ve found that this Bottega Veneta bag and the YSL Lou Camera bag were actually the perfect bags for me. I use these bags all the time now and I absolutely love them. 

Overall, though, if you’re looking for a beautiful quality bag, and you try the YSL Loulou on and it just feels right… there is no reason not to get it. This post isn’t to talk you out of getting this bag; it’s just to explain some of the things that didn’t work for me so you don’t end up in a similar situation and never use it, despite spending thousands of dollars on it. And you’ll know when you try it on.

A stack of designer bags in clear cases
My bag in its case…

I personally find I’m happier looking at this bag in its little case than actually using it. After I publish this review post, I am actually going to get a quote from What Goes Around Comes Around. If I don’t like the quote I get, I’m going to try selling it on Poshmark. So if you want this exact bag, check out my Poshmark.

So, to sum it up, the YSL Louloul Medium is a beautiful, high-quality bag. It just wasn’t the best bag for me. 

Where I Recommend Buying YSL Products From

The best place to order YSL bags is directly from YSL.com. Of course, visiting a YSL boutique is ideal, but if you are like me, and don’t live near a YSL boutique, you can also order directly on their website. YSL has fast shipping (the YSL bags I ordered only took 2 days to reach my address in Wisconsin, USA.), and YSL has very easy and free returns.

However, if they are sold out of the size or color you are interested in, these are other sites I have purchased luxury handbags from and recommend. They all have easy, straightforward returns.

If anyone has any questions about my YSL Loulou and this review, please reach out in the comments at the end of the post.

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