2018 was a significant, if not slightly confusing year in the realm of fashion trends. Finding comfort in the soft, nostalgic cocoon of the ’90s, we once again saw the rise of logomania, fanny packs, PVC, and biker shorts. Both on and off the runway, fashion leaders and lovers alike sought to find safety, if only aesthetically, in an increasingly turbulent era with no signs of slowing down.
In 2019, modern life, saturated by technology, continues to hurdle towards us, stronger, harder, and faster than ever before, creating an exhilarating yet exhausting digital whirlpool we are completely consumed by and have absolutely no time to process before the next big (often bad) thing comes our way. In the world of fashion, last year’s trends are already being replaced by more symbolic signs of the past – tie dye, neon, and sequins are in, proving once again that these days, two steps forward means two steps back, just like the great Paula Abdul once said as she danced along MC Skat Kat in Opposites Attract.
Rather than concentrate wholly on what’s in now, we’re taking a look at what is likely to never go out of style. From decades-old classics like the Chanel Boy bag to more recent iterations like Gucci’s GG Marmont line which has achieved icon status, sometimes all you need is a bag that will see you through the years. Having a classic, quality bag is a lot like the ideal relationship – always by your side, never fails to compliment your look and is guaranteed to carry your things. Whereas an actual relationship like that might not exist, the perfect classic bag does.
Take a look at the ultimate designer classics to bring a bit of consistency to your rapidly changing life, and get you through this year and beyond.
Gucci Marmont Camera Crossbody
Yves Saint Laurent Kate Wallet
YSL’s chain wallet comes with a removal leather and chain shoulder strap, six card slots and gold-toned hardware to compliment any outfit.
Alessandro Michele’s Dionysus bag was first revealed in 2015, and has since become a style staple. The sleek design paired with an innovative tiger head clasp is now a certified Gucci signature look that will be around for a long time.
One of the most structured handbags Louis Vuitton has ever made, the Alma, is an original Louis Vuitton timeless bag. This black mini Epi leather version has just the right amount of hot pink to give your outfit that ever so subtle edge.
Introduced by Karl Lagerfeld in 2011 and named after Boy Capel, Coco Chanel’s long-time love interest, this highly structured handbag is characterized by three distinct features: a rectangular border, an adjustable chain strap and a modern interlocking C logo clasp. This is the definition of a smart investment bag.
Released under the direction of Phoebe Philo in 2019, Celine’s Luggage Tote is now a cult favorite. Its roomy interior, instantly recognizable structured shape, and zip top opening make it a closet essential.
Perhaps the most coveted bag in the world, the Birkin is the ultimate upgrade, the one you won’t ever want to part with – either because it took a skilled artisan 48 hours or it’s going to take you a lifetime to pay it off.
Created in Munich, Germany in 1976, MCM is making a comeback from its initial heyday in the ’80s and ’90s. This monogram pouch in Visetos leather comes with a crossbody strap for a hands-free look that works day or night.
Goyar’s St. Louis tote is a popular yet understated choice if you’re looking for a classic bag that will hold all your stuff for years to come, without falling victim to the latest trend cycle.