Whether you want to splurge on a new release straight off the catwalk or save on a vintage piece from the archives, the sun will not set on these bag trends this summer.
Dior 30 Montaigne, S’il Vous Plaît
Following a flood of coordinated posts by influencers on May 10, Dior’s 30 Montaigne broke Instagram and solidified its status as the ‘IT bag’ of summer. Currently, it is available in a variety of pastel tints, which are perfectly light for the warmer months. Its adjustable strap and roomy, boxy dimensions deliver the utility factor necessary for on-the-go traveling. Stylish and functional, this little beauty is a must-have for city sightseeing. Pair it with an oversized, crisp button-up and straight-leg jeans, and you will look French girl chic while you hunt down the atelier’s flagship address. Though the 30 Montaigne is definitely having its day in the sun now, with its elegant form and decorative, yet practical logo clasp, it was designed to be a classic.
Want to get the look for less? An iconic ‘IT bag’ itself, the Fendi Baguette could not be a better alternative. Also famous for its refined shape and logo snap, Fendi’s Baguette is ideal for city strutting. Tuck it under your arm, just like the traditional French baguette it is named after, and you will forget it is even there. If the €2,500 starting price of today’s ‘IT bag’ is too steep, get the look for less with this ‘90s ‘IT bag’ instead.
Soak up the Sun with the Jacquemus Le Baci
The straw bag has been a summer staple since Balenciaga released its Panier Tote. This year, Jacquemus has updated the trend, sizing way up and adding loads of fringe. Break the monotony of a wicker basket, and make the Le Baci your beach carryall. It will fit your sunscreen, towel, and snacks in-style. Match it with an oversized straw hat and a cover-up, and you will definitely make a splash.
Want to get the look for less? Lucky for you, there are many more fish in the sea. Among them: the Fendi Mesh Shopper, which is also crafted of a very unique material. Its fine, woven strands will show off that La Mer sunscreen you treated yourself to and ensure that all the sand stays at the beach. Even better, there is no need to retire it after the summer months. Get even more bang for your buck, and take it with you on your errands year-round. If the €516 price of Jacquemus’s single-use raffia bag is too high, get the look for less with this more versatile mesh shopper instead.
Burberry’s TB Belt Bag Hits the Right Note
For all the festival-goers, what is more sensible and on-trend than a belt bag? Stereotypically for tourists and dads, belt bags have been in the midst of a major revival since the SS18 runways. With Burberry’s recent revamp, the belt bag trend is definitely still in high season. In homage to the brand’s founder, Thomas Burberry, Riccardo Tisci has released a sleek belt bag – complete with a new monogram! – that is nothing like the cringe-inducing fanny packs from the ‘90s. Strap its leather belt or slinky gold chain around your waist, and you will be ready to dance hands-free all night long.
Want to get the look for less? Get your hands on a belt bag from Gucci. Similar to Burberry’s design, the Gucci Belt Bag features a monogram that was created in tribute to its founder. Crafted of ‘GG’ – for Guccio Gucci – Diamante canvas, you can flaunt your brand loyalty at every festival on the circuit this summer. Not to mention, its two compartments and zipper pocket will organize your phone, cash, and extra eye glitter, so you can crowd surf carefree. If you do not want to rep Burberry at a €1085 price tag, then get the look for less and rep Gucci instead.
Mansur Gavriel’s Trail Blazing Mini Backpack
Feeling adventurous and ready for a camping – or, if we are all being honest, a glamping – trip this summer? Then, a Mini Backpack is just what you need. Cult-favorite Mansur Gavriel’s Mini Backpack is simplicity at its finest. It has a pared-back, no frills silhouette – except for its shoulder strap pads, which will provide extra comfort on those longer hikes. Throw your water bottle and map in its main compartment, and tie your bandana around its top loop. With the Mini Backpack slung over your shoulder, you will be ready to hit the trails. As an added bonus: come August, it will look just as chic in the classroom.
Want to get the look for less? Prada’s Vela Backpack is just as no frills. Made of nylon – not traditionally a luxury material – it is durable and easy to clean, so it will return from your weekend camping trip looking much fresher than you! The Vela is not only useful in the woods, but also on day-to-day commutes – making it a true perennial. If you cannot justify spending €735 on Mansur Gavriel’s Mini Backpack, then take a hike with this Prada look for less instead.
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