Vanity bags: the next major handbag trend

Vanity Bags: The Next Major Handbag Trend

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Let’s talk vanity cases. Yes, we normally use those for storing our cosmetics and beauty essentials. Have you noticed that vanity cases have been all over the Instagram lately? It’s becoming a very big trend now to wear a vanity case as a handbag and to be honest, I’m here for it! The vanity handbag trend first kicked off when Rihanna wore the vintage MCM Vanity Case as a handbag. Needless no say that the bag has sold out instantly and continued selling out for months after Rihanna carrying it.

I, personally, find the idea of wearing a vanity case as a handbag brilliant. With brands constantly pushing new designs on us, it’s so refreshing to see this old shape being repurposed. The vanity bag shape is so unique. This type of bag is very different from bags that we usually see being carried and that’s one of the reasons why I believe the vanity case bags are so popular right now. Moreover, with major fashion houses officially picking up the trend, we now have a larger variety of vanity cases to choose from.

Here is the list of the 5 most popular designer vanity case bags at the moment:

1. MCM Rockstar Vanity Case

MCM Rockstar Vanity Case Cognac
MCM Rockstar Vanity Case in Monogram Visetos Canvas. Media Credit:

Launched in 2016, the MCM Rockstar Vanity Case is inspired by the vintage MCM Vanity. The Rockstar Vanity in silhouette is very similar to its predecessor. The bag comes in the iconic MCM monogram Visetos coated canvas in both Cognac and Black with a nappa leather handle. The MCM Rockstar Vanity Case features a detachable crossbody strap that allows to wear it multiple ways. In addition, the hardware on the bag is 24k gold plated. The MCM Rockstar Vanity Case opens to one main compartment with an interior side pocket. The bag is big enough to hold all your necessities. It will easily accommodate a larger size iPhone, a card holder or a mini wallet, a key pouch and some makeup essentials. Buy the MCM Rockstar Vanity Case for $595 via Fashionphile.

2. Louis Vuitton Vanity PM

Louis Vuitton Vanity PM Bag
Louis Vuitton Vanity PM. Media Credit: Fashionphile

In Spring/Summer 2020, Louis Vuitton has officially picked up the vanity bag trend by releasing the Vanity PM. In its essence, the Vanity PM is a modern update of the famous LV Nice Vanity Kit. But, there is one major improvement! Now, the Nice Vanity turns into a trendy city bag! The Louis Vuitton Vanity PM comes in a combination of Monogram and Monogram Reverse Canvas. The bag is lightweight and compact. It features a removable leather chain strap which allows for in hand, crossbody and shoulder wear. The LV Vanity PM features a double zip closure with padlock. The bag opens to microfibre lining interior. It features one main compartment, as well as an inside flat pocket. There is enough space to accommodate for all your essentials and more. Buy the Louis Vuitton Vanity PM for $1,995 via Fashionphile.

3. Chanel Filigree Vanity Case

Chanel Medium Filigree Vanity Case Beige
Chanel Medium Filigree Vanity Case. Media Credit: Fashionphile

The brand that had has been into vanity bag shape for years is Chanel. In their S/S 2016 Airline Collection, Chanel has introduced the Filigree Vanity Case, which was a modernized take on the vanity train cases that were popular back in 1950’s/1960’s. The Filigree Vanity Case comes in several sizes and many color options, with limited edition colors coming out every season. The bag itself is crafted of Chanel’s luxurious caviar leather, while the trimming and the CC logo detail are made of Lambskin. The Chanel Filigree Vanity Case is stylish and functional. The bag comes with the leather and chain strap that allows to wear it as a top handle, a shoulder bag and even crossbody. The inside of the bag is divided in half with a zipper pocket in the middle. The Chanel Small Filigree Vanity Case is perfect size for carrying just the essentials, while medium and large Filigree Vanity Cases are spacious enough to hold most of your necessities. Buy the Chanel Medium Filigree Vanity Case for $5,595 via Fashionphile.

4. Chanel Classic Box With Chain

Chanel Mini Vanity Case with Classic Chain
Chanel Mini Vanity with Chain. Media Credit: Fashionphile

For Spring/Summer 2020, Chanel added several new vanity case style SLG’s to their range. They come in several different sizes and materials. However, what’s particularly special about these new SLG’s is that they feature a woven chain strap, therefore, converting effortlessly from SLG’s to mini bags that can be worn both on the shoulder and crossbody! Chanel Small Vanity With Classic Chain measures 3.7 × 6.6 × 3.1 inches and retails for $1,550. The Mini Vanity With Classic Chain measures 3.3 × 4.3 × 2.7 inches and retails for $1,350. Doesn’t the pricing seem a bit too good to be true, right!? A Chanel bag for under $2,000? The Small Vanity With Classic Chain is big enough to store most of your essentials. For $1,550 retail, in my opinion, this bag is a steal! However, I must admit, I am not the only person who thought so. In fact, it’s quite difficult to find the new Chanel Vanities in boutiques right now. They sell out in a flash!

Read also:  Top 5 Designer Bags for 2020

5. Gucci Ophidia Cosmetic Case

Gucci Ophidia Cosmetic Case
Gucci Ophidia Cosmetic Case. Media Credit: MATCHESFASHION

A vanity that is being talked a lot about lately is the Gucci Ophidia Cosmetic Case. In essence, it’s a cosmetic case. But, what I found many people are doing is attaching a chain strap to the top handle, which turns the cosmetic case into a chic crossbody/shoulder bag. The Gucci Ophidia Cosmetic Case comes in Gucci’s iconic GG Supreme canvas. The bag is decorated with the signature green and red House Web and the recognizable Double G logo. The Gucci Ophidia Cosmetic Case opens up to one main interior compartment with a mirror, a slip pocket and several elastic pockets that will keep your items in place and organized. Buy the Gucci Ophidia Cosmetic Case for $750 via MatchesFashion.

Would you ever wear a vanity bag as a handbag? Sound off in the comments below!

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