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).

Style Notes: We like how Trine has used her baguette to continue the colour-blocking theme of her outfit. 

Style Notes: A pale brown style will go with so many things: From summer white denim and midi dresses to winter tailoring. 

Style Notes: Why not use your baguette to add a pop of colour to a casual weekend look à la Lucy Williams?

Style Notes: This is one of my favourite ensembles. A structured high-shine leather baguette pairs perfectly with Maria’s retro tailoring.

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A little bit of animal print never goes amiss.

I have this in dark brown.

This looks so premium in real life. 

Buy now, wear forever. 

A cool way to wear pale pink.

ASOS’s sellout baguette now comes in pink.

Ideal for a night out with jeans and a nice top.

This would look so cool with a white shirt. 

Buy a vintage Fendi and prepare to feel very smug.

One of my favourite high-street iterations.

Mango has some fab bags in its new-season drop.

Yes, you can buy Burberry for less than £150.

Chylak is a bag brand to watch.

Simple yet so cool.

A chain strap makes this look so much more expensive.

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