Return of the Baguette Bag
While most things have gone downhill in 2020, some have gone up, and we are glad that small purses are one of them. Large chunky bags were big until last year, and while they have not gone redundant, smaller bags have been more popular, in particular baguette bags.
A staple accessory from the early 2000s, this design has made its way back, and of course, in funkier colours and prints than the last time it was around. So, it only makes sense that we take a closer look into this old, but rediscovered purse trend.
The Croc Effect Baguette
Kicking it off with the most popular on the list, you have probably seen this numerous times while scrolling through social media. This dainty purse has a croc-effect for a nice texture, slim handles, a slim body, and a chain.
This style specifically has been an all-rounder. It is classy, well suited for the evening and dates. At the same time, it is casual enough to take to the mall. Now that is a hard combination to find!
The Buckle Baguette
Even though these are small, you can always throw on a buckle. Save this for the boot season when you match one with the other for a tied-together look. Thanks to the buckle, these are more suited to heavier clothing styles, such as oversized blazers or sweaters.
The Wide Handled Baguette
This style simply has a wider handle compared to the traditional baguette bag. While the bag itself remains petite, the handle gets an upgrade. This certainly adds more character, not to mention structure to the purse.
While they pair well with pretty much every kind of outfit, they are especially suitable for clothes with strict shoulders. This means blazers, suits, or even balloon sleeves where this creates a definite line of separation.
The Cloth Baguette
This sleek trend is not confined to harder materials and can be found made from softer cloth as well. These are not as sturdy, but they do a fine job of making an outfit look natural and comfortable. And because of this, this style is best for casual outings. They pair really well with a kurta or shalwar kameez, which shares similar cloth structures.
Make it Yours
As one of the most popular bag trends this year, expect to see a lot of this bag around you. They do come in various colours, styles, and textures with minimal design differences too, but if you want to, you can take it a step further to make it your own.
Chains are one accessory that can be used. You can pick anything from your current collection. These can be neckpieces or chunky chains from other bags you might have. And if they are too long, use double layers.
One way is to wrap them around the handle and attach each end to the hooks. Or you could simply let them hang down the side.
Pins are another way you can spruce up your purse. And of course, scarves. Silk scarves are a classic bag accessory. Even though they are traditionally reserved for bigger bags, do not feel shy to try it out.
Not all baguette bags you find will be labelled 'baguette.' But you have certainly come across them more than you think. The idea is to have a slim and long purse that tucks well under the arms with a petite handle. It is functional and fashionable, so there is little reason to not check it out.
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