By Megan Willett
Bucket, envelope, baguette—no, this is not a shopping list. These are just a few of the classic handbag silhouettes designers turn to time and again. Trends may come and go, but a front flap is forever. And one shape that is on the fast-track to becoming a new staple is the up-and-coming saddle bag.
Inspired by the Wild Wild West and the literal bags frontiersmen would attach to the saddles of their trusty steeds, the modern saddle bag is much more “city chic” than “down-home country.” The clean, streamlined U-shape and over the shoulder strap is a marriage between the functionality of a messenger and the slick style of more structured arm candy. And whether you’re on the lookout for leather or canvas, neutral shades or a pop of color, chances are you can find a saddle bag to suit your needs.
(Left: Scalloped Leather Crossbody Bag ($99), by Kimchi Blue, from Urban Outfitters; Center: Vintage Re-Issue Fabric Cross-Body ($178), by Fossil, from Dillard’s; Right: Tangerine Medium Saddle Bag Messenger ($248), by MICHAEL Michael Kors, from Neiman Marcus)
So embrace your country side in a city slicker way and sling on a saddle bag. No matter if you’re headed to a festival or out on a casual weekend stroll, this is one accessory sure to rustle up a heaping pile of compliments.
Featured Image: Saddle Bag ($365), from Dooney & Bourke