Vintage bags are a sophisticated way to add classic flair to any outfit without going full retro. Well-made leather bags will stand the test of time, and the patina developed through wear and tear offers an effortlessly cool accent to your aesthetic. Here’s a list of four of our favorite vintage bag styles to bring next time you’re scouring your favorite consignment boutique.
1. The Leather Backpack
Whether you opt for a full-size version suitable for commuting or a miniature version that calls to mind your grunge heyday in the 90s, the leather backpack is a great vintage investment this season. The Glowsy fashion blog notes that leather backpacks appeared in the Fall 2017 runway shows of Ralph Lauren, Coach, and Maison Margiela.
2. Monogram Prints
While all-over monogram prints from brands like Louis Vuitton were ubiquitous in the first decade of the 2000s, the trend toward minimalism has put classic bags like the Neverfull on the shelf for several seasons now. Get ahead of the curve by shopping for this iconic style on your next treasure hunt.
You’ll be equally stylish whether you choose real or go for faux when it comes to crocodile. Cosmopolitan reports this trend on the fall 2017 runways of Jason Wu, Fendi, and Gucci. Up the ante by choosing a bag with a decorative chain strap, another au courant look for fall.
4. Box Bags
This is a classic vintage style that will add instant elegance to your work or evening wear, regardless of the material you choose. Clutches are a popular choice for this season; if you prefer a bag with a strap, think about the aforementioned chain strap to bring this look up to the modern era. This silhouette appeared in rich yet delicate jewel tones at Christian Dior and fun, whimsical versions were shown at Dolce and Gabbana.
Before heading out to score the styles on this list, heed Harper’s Bazaar‘s advice for shopping for vintage bags. The magazine recommends only buying vintage designer bags from a reputable source, whether online or in person. Fake vintage can be difficult to spot, so if you’re shopping for a vintage bag familiarize yourself with features that could signal a counterfeit. As for quality, look for straight, even stitching and smooth engraving. Leather should have a supple, heavy feel that’s hard to duplicate. With the right education and a little look, you just might find your new favorite bag.