What is it about a quilted bag that just automatically exudes an upscale vibe? While the texture itself isn’t anything innovative, modern, or particularly edgy (in fact, it’s more grandma-chic than anything that could be described as “edgy”), the look nearly always manages to read as expensive, no matter what the brand or how much you actually paid for it (definitely a good thing in my nonexistent bag-buying handbook). Maybe it’s because it’s classically simple yet rich in texture, or maybe it’s the modern prep school vibe a la Gossip Girl, or, most likely, perhaps its the unavoidable association with the similarly-textured iconic Chanel bag (aka the handbag Holy Grail). Whatever the reason, while other handbag trends are boasting excess hardware, sequin details, and zippers galore, the quilted bag is keeping it cute and classy in a retro-modern way!
Go for the Chanel-esque chain-and-quilted combo with a designer bag (that won’t set you nearly as far back in shopping debt) like the Gorjana Hudson shoulder bag. Or toe the line between prim and punky with one like Marc Jacobs’ studded python version. Or, to combine some of fall’s hottest handbag trends, try one in a cross-body bucket shape like this budget-friendly option from Forever 21!
*This is a guest post from our friends at The Find Blog, written by Alex Gambardella