The Bag Trend That’s Taken Over Fashion Week’s Street Style

I see London, I see France, I see a lot of tangled headphones and wallets in everyone’s street style bags. From New York to London to Milan and, we’re assuming, eventually Paris, the clear bag trend is elbowing its way to the forefront of items we’ll need come spring. We told you plastic was in. But before you pull out your mom’s battered and bruised PVC beach tote, it’s worth noting this trend is a tad more refined than that (although power to you if you can make it work). Between stacked bags peeking out beneath a clear outer lining to hot pink transparent fanny packs, the most unexpected material is riding the comeback wave.

But see-through bags are far from a new concept. Apart from clear bags reappearing every few years, last year saw the quick, but mighty, explosion of net and mesh handbags. The new fully-lined plastic purse, however, won’t result in you losing a lipstick or two. Maybe there’s a deeper meaning to us adopting see-through bags: In a world of change, transparency is key, even if it’s just letting the world peep into what we schlep around on a day-to-day basis. Or maybe we’re just into the slightly tacky, slightly nostalgic look of a good ‘ol plastic bag that will help us breeze through a stadium’s tough security policy.

While Staud’s quick sell-out Shirley tote, Chanel’s soon-to-be released holographic crossbody, and Céline’s cheeky transparent ‘Warning’ shopper have been the obvious winners, if street style is anything to measure by, they’re not the only options. Here, we’re breaking down the clear bags that will propel you ahead of the style-curve based on the best one’s we’ve seen over the last few weeks.

The Bag Within a Bag
The bag heard ’round the street style world. The already sold out top-handle tote was seen adorning wrists belonging to buying directors, editors, and everyone in between.

Alyson Cafiero carries Staud.

The Shopper Tote
Like your average, slouchy carryall, but see-through. While we may have used these in the past for beach trips and storing things around our home, it’s time to start taking them out for a spin as your new daily purse.

Aemilia Madden carries Nike.

The Iridescent Crossbody
Chanel’s been doing transparent crossbodys for some time now, but its holographic iterations for spring/summer 2018 threw everyone for an exciting loop.

Aimee Song carries Chanel.

The Belt Bag
We may be taking some liberties with this one. But this crossbody sits just so that it also comes off as the perfect belt bag, so roll with us on this one. With the fanny pack trend hitting its stride, we’re sure to see some really good transparent versions popping up soon.

Nicole Chapoteau carries Chanel.

The Colored PVC Tote
Opting for a colored finish adds a little oomph and character to a plain plastic tote.

Alyssa Coscarelli carries Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

The Baby Bag
Transparent versions of our current favorite silhouettes are almost too cute to handle.

Gabby Prescod carries Bally.

The Shoulder Strap
While we can’t all invest in a chain strap Chanel purse, we can invest in more affordable versions of the trend.

Jessica Wang carries Chanel.

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