They say a woman’s handbag is a gateway to her entire life. Meticulously curated, a woman’s bag needs to fit all the essentials she may need- for a day on the go or an evening out on the town. From the utilitarian sacks that were used to hold stuff around to the ergonomic pieces that women today carry around with absolute style, the shoulder bag has come a long way.
Bags have survived through the evolution of the modern world. They have adapted to the war in the ‘40s, the rise of the bohemian subculture in the ‘60s, the disco era of the ‘70s and ‘80s and the popularization of all things internet in the ‘90s. As the essentiality of the bag turned to a blend of aesthetics and functionality, the shoulder bag had to be the next best thing.
With the pursuit for designer collections on the rise, labels and designers ventured out into the accessories market. Heritage houses like Balenciaga, Chloé, Saint Laurent and many more dominated the markets and developed a cult following for their ‘It’ bags. What started off mainly as word of mouth and excited scream inducing marketing, soon found it’s rightful place on social media. Instagram is responsible for helping upcoming pieces by boutique designers gain cult status. Designer shoulder bags from Wandler, KASSL Editions, Jacquemus and more are some must have Instagram stars that rose up the ranks.
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Primarily, the shoulder bag is a utilitarian accessory. These functional objects, when made by designer, are crafted with materials and resources that lengthen their shelf life. Designer shoulder bags have amassed various styles and iterations that are suitable for everyday and special occasions, befitting the needs of the woman of today.
Accessorizing your favourite outfits with comfortable but chic bags is always the goal. Le Mill breaks down the best shoulder bags for each occasion.
Totes: One of the most widely used styles that easily holds all your daily essentials. A structured leather tote like the Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Nano bag is the go-to for accessorizing an outfit from the power dressing genre. Chloé's Darryl tote, a roomy bag is the optimal casual tote to sling over your shoulder for a day on the beach or even just to run errands.
Saddle: A classic silhouette, the saddle bag is a small carry on that can hold a reasonable amount of things and easily pair with your outfits. The Chloé Darryl Saddle is a versatile shape that is available in styles meant for the day. For a night look, Saint Laurent’s Uptown Chain Wallet is all your outfit needs.
Pochette: Currently the ‘It’ bag, the Pochette is making a comeback from the ‘90s when all you needed with you was some lip gloss, a scrunchie and your flip phone. While the list of essentials has changed, the Pochette is back as your go-to bag for when you have to go the mall, a party, Sunday brunch or literally anywhere! Wandler’s Georgia bags are the ‘It’ bags you need in your wardrobe.
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Prepping for a day on the go? The Saint Laurent Niki bags are a chic option available in a wide colour and style range. Their Loulou Puffer is the perfect option to lug around daily essentials too. If a timeless designer shoulder bag is what you’re on the hunt for, the Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Nano bag is exactly what you should be investing in. Need something smaller for running errands? Chloé's Mini Daria Chain bags are a comfortable, understated option. Their Saddle bags are impeccably crafted to be fashion-forward as well as functional.
Jacquemus knows exactly how to nail Sunday brunch. Along with their summer ready edits, the Le Riviera is a compact designer shoulder bag that you can sling over shoulder for brunch. Balenciaga’s Hourglass bags are shoulder bags for women with their signature architectural structuring and edgy streetwear aesthetics. Wandler’s Georgia and Carly bags are must have shoulder bags for women that are chic and functional at the same time. KASSL Editions’ Oil Bags are the absolute everyday designer shoulder bags that are built for comfort. For an evening out on the town, Saint Laurent’s Uptown Chain Wallet is a clutch that can easily hold your phone, money and a lipstick.
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