The One Bag Trend That You Really Don’t Need to Spend a Lot On
If there’s one item that epitomises ’90s style, it is surely the baguette bag. Just one glimpse at its teeny proportions and dainty shoulder strap will take you thundering down memory lane to a time when jeans were low-slung and crop-tops were in plentiful supply.
For me, the trend has connotations of girly chick-flick heroines, glamazon girl-band members and, well, Regina George. As someone who prefers androgynous fits and simple style, it’s fair to say that initially, I was dubious at the baguettes return to fame.
But before you dismiss it like I did, let me assure you that the 2019 iteration has an entirely different flavour to the ’90s original. Along with many other autumn/winter trends, the baguette 2.0 has taken on a more minimalist spin, and the majority of styles this season come in blacks, browns, mock croc and faded pinks. They’re all designed to sit nicely with masculine shirting, loose-fit jeans, sharp blazers and slouchy sweaters. Essentially, our favourite influencers have been using theirs to add polish to androgynous getups, and the results are pretty damn chic.
If you’re worried about the price tags of the logo-clad iterations beloved by Carrie Bradshaw and the crew, rest assured that the high street has delivered a bounty of winning styles that can easily fit into any budget (Zara, in particular, has a fab selection right now, as does ASOS). This is also a trend that lends itself to buying secondhand, so if you fancy a vintage Fendi, head over to Vestiaire Collective or Rokit and keep your eyes peeled (I’ve also included a couple below).
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