I’m back with a list of 5 trendy designer bags which I love but won’t purchase in 2022. There’s a lot of beautiful bags out in store and I just can’t stop myself from browsing and online shopping. I just added the small Gucci Dionysus to my collection, not a month ago, and I’m already itching for my next purchase of the month. There’s too many things in my basket and wishlist and I finally decided that it’s a more productive use of my time to write this (and potentially convince myself out of buying these trendy designer bags in 2022).
With that being said, here are the top 5 trendy designer bags I love but won’t purchase in 2022:
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1. Saint Laurent le 5 à 7 hobo bag
This bag is such a timeless beauty. There’s no denying that the Saint Laurent le 5 à 7 is a beautiful staple. It’s incredibly simple and it looks quite well made. I really thought about getting this bag for Christmas, but I just personally found too many cons that steered me away.
First things first, the smooth leather looks difficult to maintain. Smooth leather is generally susceptible to scratches and I don’t know if this is the type of bag I’d like to baby around. Next to that, I just don’t know if I can deal with an open/exposed bag. Not having the option to fully zip up my bag just seems really unpractical for my lifestyle. I’d love to bring this bag around town, but I feel like with an open top, I’d have to constantly watch for my stuff. Plus, I can be clumsy. I can’t imagine running around and having my stuff spillover all over the street.
I definitely love it, but it’s a pass for now.
2. Valentino Stud Sign leather bag
Oh my god. The Valentino Stud Sign. This bag literally could not escape my mind since I first saw it on mytheresa– no exaggeration. I was obsessed with the studs, the extremely vivid candy colorway, the pillow shape. I just really fell in love with this bag and I really kept talking myself into buying this bag. Call it candy fever, but I just couldn’t resist it. It really took me a while, but after the butterflies have calmed down and my sugar levels have decreased, I started realizing that this bag really wasn’t for me.
I wasn’t convinced that the shape of the Valentino Stud Sign is flattering on my built. I’m not super short, but I think I’m more on the petite side. The challenge that I have with this bag, is that it looks tiny but huge at the same time. From experience, I just feel like these type of bulky in between sizes can look quite awkward for my built, especially so with the chain length. I can’t imagine it as a cross-body (on me) and I just don’t think that this is really fitting with my typical style.
Plus, when I really thought about it, I realized that I’d most likely only use this bag as a clutch. Though the studs weren’t the main reason to why I fell in love with these bags, they were definitely a huge contributor. Seeing how the bag looks as a shoulder bag, without the studs just kinda changed my mind. The bag became really plain, in my view, and I just saw it differently when the studs weren’t above the V.
All in all, I don’t think that this bag fits or complements my personal style and I really don’t foresee a lot of times which I’ll use this bag. I hope that I can prove myself wrong, cause honestly, I still have a crush on this bag. But, for now, I’ll have to remind myself to pass.
3. Balenciaga le Cagole bag
This one’s a little different. I love the le cagole bag and I don’t have any other reasons from not purchasing this bag other than wanting to branch out from Balenciaga. When the le Cagole came out, I literally could not stop myself from dreaming about this bag. The shape, the color, the overall vibe of this bag. I
was am obsessed. But, I have a few Balenciaga pieces (bags & clothing) and I think I should hold the brakes and branch out. I personally don’t think that it’s strong enough of a reason and I honestly see myself purchasing this bag this year, but for now I’m pausing the brakes. Say what you want about Balenciaga, but I just love this brand. I always found them quite ironic, edgy but, simple.
My only concern with this bag is how stiff it looks. I love Balenciaga bags because they get quite soft and slouchy over time, but this bag just looks super stiff. I saw it in person a couple of times, and I just don’t know if it’ll ever be soft. At the same time, the design is beautiful the way it is and it doesn’t need the slouch. But, I just don’t know if I’m a fan of the stiffness overall. Maybe I’m wrong, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
4. Jacquemus Le Bambino Le Chiquito Long
These Jacquemus bags were such trendy designer bags in 2021 and I’m convinced that their status is spilling over to 2022. I love them and the shape is just so boxy and beautiful. It’s literally perfect over a coat or over a long flowy dress in the summer. As much as I adore them, I really just don’t feel convinced that it’s a bag that will age well. It’s really really trendy and I can’t decide if I like the bag because of the bag, or if social media has convinced me that I need this bag.
I’ve been burnt with trendy bags before and looking back, I really felt like I wasted my money by buying into the trends that I thought was really good at the time. I’m not saying that it’s not worth buying this bag, absolutely not. I just personally feel that I want to be more convinced that I love this bag because of what this bag actually is, and not just because everyone is styling it. I’ll have to give it a bit more time and if it’s really still on my mind a year or two later, then I’m definitely buying it. For now, as much as I want to, I just don’t think that I should spend hundreds of euros on it.
5. Dior Bobby bags*
*with the exception of the east-west bobby bag which is still fresh on my mind.
This is no doubt a beautiful bag that gives you this casual, effortlessly stylish kind of look. I really had a mini-obsession with this bag, but that was quite short-lived. It honestly doesn’t seem all that flattering to my style and it’s incredibly expensive to be a super casual bag. I just didn’t think I was ready to be a Dior girl and to be honest, the shape of this bag somehow reminds me of diapers and ever since I thought of that, I can’t seem to unthink it. That’s in no way an insult and it’s honestly really dumb on my end, but I don’t know – am I the only one who sees this?
And, there you have it. Other honorable mention: the Gucci Jackie; the Loewe Puzzle (which has always been a thing, but for some reason it’s blowing up on my timeline once again); Hermes Picotin; Fendi first; anything by Prada (for now); & anything by Celine (except for the Triomphe bag).
I hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment down below and let me know which bags you’re loving, but keeping away from this year. If I fail to keep myself from purchasing one of the bags I’ve mentioned, I’d be sure to update this post 🙁
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