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8 Statement Designer Bags... without Making a Statement ...

By Sofi

I don’t know about you, but I prefer my designer handbags without all those flashy designer logos. I think it’s a reflection of the current minimalism trend that is taking the streets by storm. I’m talking about bags that have simple, clean designs and are all still pleasing to the eye. It’s understated elegance at its best.

1 Chloe Aurore Leather Duffle Bag

Chloe Aurore Leather Duffle BagPrice: $1800 at net-a-porter.com
This black leather duffle-style bag has me in a tizz. For starters, it’s just beautiful to look at. The design is structured, yet smooth and the gold hardware adds that extra bit of detail. The Chloe trademark padlock is a welcome, discreet addition to the design.

2 Proenza Schouler Small Keep All

Proenza Schouler Small Keep AllPrice: $1150.00 at lagarconne.com
If you’re after a black bag, then look no further. This is possibly the ultimate all-black hand bag. Everything from the stitching to the lining to the metal clasp is black. This bag is so sleek and simple in design, it can easily be unisex. It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, if you’ve got this bag on your arm, you’re sure to be damn stylish.

3 Mulberry Bayswater Bag

Mulberry Bayswater BagPrice: $1150.00 at lagarconne.com
This is probably one of the most classic designs out there. It has been on my lust list for as long as I can remember. What appeals to me most about it is the fuss-free design. The handles on the top are perfect for carrying or slinging over the nook of your elbow. It also comes in a range of different colours and leathers, but the classic tan is by far my favourite.

4 Yves Saint Laurent Muse Two Tote

Yves Saint Laurent Muse Two TotePrice: $1264.54 at mytheresa.com
This bag, in rich brown leather with contrasting white canvas, is a ladylike addition to any wardrobe. With this bag, you can channel your inner Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn. The design is elegant and the gold toned hardware adds just the right amount of detail. Paired with a demure outfit – it’s perfect!

5 Roger Vivier Miss Viv Small Bag

Roger Vivier Miss Viv Small BagPrice: $2020.80 at mytheresa.com
This small brown leather tote is a minimalistic design with luxury leanings. The structured design is complete with brass toned hardware and logo buckle. What I love about this bag is that while it is understated, it still has distinct features that make it recognisable to the discerning eye. Good things do come in small packages!

6 Victoria Beckham Leather and Nubuck Shoulder Bag

Victoria Beckham Leather and Nubuck Shoulder BagPrice: $2600 at net-a-porter.com
This two-tone satchel is an elegant offering from former Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham. This definitely lives up to the ‘Posh Spice’ moniker. What really appealed to me about this bag was the colour combination of black and taupe. It’s just a really beautiful and wearable design.

8 Tods Styling Bauletto Leather Bag

Tods Styling Bauletto Leather BagPrice: $1530.77 at mytheresa.com
Detachable shoulder straps, silver toned protective feet, and luggage tag labels on either end – it’s the functionality that makes this bag so appealing. The added bonus is that it is such a beautiful design. I find that the cream colour is a nice change from your run-of-the-mill black and brown leather. This bag makes the most out of both form and function.

The best part about classic designs like these is that you can easily recreate the look on a budget. A quick trip to a vintage or charity store, and you are bound to come across something similar. Which of these bags is your favourite, and which will you be taking inspiration from?

Top Photo Credit: brancoprata

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