Like most of our party outfits, our going-out bags, too, have been locked away in the labyrinths of our wardrobes for most of last year. Traversing from the sofa in the living room to the bedroom and back didn’t really demand a bag, you know? Plus, with most of us sitting in a fortress of all the things we always need at an arm’s length from us, what is the purpose of a bag anyway? What is left for it to carry? But, before you relinquish the idea of a bag altogether, there’s hope.
Call it the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, but since the return of Carrie Bradshaw and her hyper-sequined Fendi Baguette, diminutive bags are everywhere, especially in the hands of fashion’s ‘It’ girls. The purveyors of fashion from the runway to Instagram, these ‘It’ girls, have relegated the roomy tote bags to future seasons when we will carry more things with us like we used to in the pre-pandemic days. But, for now, when all you need is your phone and a few cards to fetch coffee, these small bags are offering just the right amount of practicality.
It is also interesting to note the sweet departure of banal colours from these handbags. This season, bold saturated hues of confectionery nature are inundating these bag designs and looking chic than ever. These charm-like bags that have become wardrobe power statements and in a weird turn of events, unexpected ‘It’ bags. They can be tucked under the arm pit, nestled in the crook of arms, or worn across the bod; chances are, they’ll still look mighty fashionable.
Who: Priyanka Chopra
Bag: Fendi First Bag
The first design collaboration between Kim Jones and Silvia Venturini Fendi, the Fendi First is an interesting bag featuring the trademark F that also moonlights as a fastener. It can be carried as a clutch or thrown over the shoulder thanks to the detachable straps.
Who: Veronika Heilbrunner
Bag: Versace La Medusa
A hobo bag with soft curved corners and a scintillating Medusa plaque is perfect for day and night looks and will become the mainstay in your street style. The bag comes with an adjustable handle so you can tuck it under your arm or wear it like a purse!
Who: Leonie Hanne
Bag: Balenciaga Hourglass
From Demna Gvasalia, creative director of Balenciaga, comes another street-style staple that he has injected with his sense of hyper-construction. The bag features a unique, never-seen-before curvilinear base that’s inspired by the hourglass.
Who: Kayaan Contractor
Bag: Gucci Jackie 1961
Alessandro Michele exhumed the Jackie bag and made it apropos of 2021. The half-moon shape and the piston buckle continue to make the bag iconic and a bag worth investing in. It even comes with an additional strap now that will turn it into a cross-body with a simple buckle attachment.
Who: Chiara Ferragni
Bag: Bottega Veneta Casette Chain
The makers of puffy bags, the Bottega Veneta Casette is a must-have featuring leather strips that are weaved together to make the bag. It comes in a variety of confectionery colours with a strap and chain attachment so you can switch up the style whenever you want.
Who: Caroline Daur
Bag: Prada Nylon Re-Edition 2000
If there was a bag that perfectly defined the noughties, it was the Prada Re-Nylon. Three times less expensive than any other Prada bag but equally stylish, it was launched by the house in 2000 and brought back recently. This bag is produced from recycled, purified plastic trash collected in the ocean, fishing nets, and textile waste fibers making it an eco-conscious fashion trophy and an absolute must-have.
Which one are you splurging on?
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