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Why Ladylike Bags Are Having A Big Fashion Moment

From mini to retro-inspired, this season’s bag trend makes a strong case for a pragmatic-yet-stylish accessory.

For any fashion enthusiast, a structured handbag calls to mind the practical-yet-feminine shapes from the 1950s. Style icon Grace Kelly led the trend by stepping out with top-handled purses, and in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film Rear Window, she carried a boxy Mark Cross bag on-screen. Flash forward to today and brands like Mark Cross and Delvaux are reimagining the ‘50s classics with mini iterations and bold colors. Meanwhile, lines like Area and Aspinal of London have released new spins on bags inspired by vintage travel cases.

The timeless accessory has emerged as a big trend in recent seasons due to a hint of novel design and the ability to amp up streetwear in an unexpected way. Bags with clean lines, whether satchels or crossbodies, add polish and offer a unique juxtaposition when paired with casual attire. The latest assortment also offers newer geometric shapes, updated hardware, and nuanced top handles. Scroll on to discover more of the ladylike trend, and then shop the full bag edit here.

These mini hat-box bags were inspired by the golden age of luxury travel.
Today's version of the "Grace" bag is smaller—better suited to carry everyday essentials.
This handcrafted Delvaux style introduced in 1958 retains its timeless elegance in a popular pink shade.
A square, gold-tone handle is a modern take on the ladylike design.
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