Here it is, one of the trendiest bag shapes for Spring 2016: the camera case. You’re going to be grateful, and not just because the newest ones are mega-cute. Think of the camera case bag as a crossbody upgrade. Is there an easier bag to run around with than this boxy yet surprisingly roomy little silhouette? I recently got this sunny yellow Valentino (at Madison Los Angeles for $1,395), and I’m currently in the throes of a serious love affair with the classic style.
From the Gucci Soho to Saint Laurent’s chevron texture to Céline’s Box on strap, the camera bag goes perfectly with ’70s-inspired super-flare jeans and a floppy-brimmed hat. Nonchalantly chic and not trying too hard, there are more than a few reasons to make a case for this new-season staple.
1. Prada Saffiano Camera Bag: A camera case-inspired style brings sporty ease to an otherwise femme little essential. At Neiman Marcus for $730.
2. Gucci Linea G 2 Canvas-Trimmed Leather Shoulder Bag: This is so timelessly Gucci, it looks vintage. Which is exactly what we’re going for here. On NET-A-PORTER for $1,190.
3. Valentino The Rockstud Printed Leather Shoulder Bag: What better way to welcome in spring than with a revival of Valentino’s 1977 archive print in yummy ice cream shop colors? On NET-A-PORTER for $1,675.
4. Saint Laurent Monogram Camera Medium Sheep Leather: Sometimes a simple but impactful logo and a simple but impactful take on leather is all you need to make an “it” bag. At Neiman Marcus for $1,990.
5. Gucci Soho Small Camera Crossbody Bag: A compact silhouette comes on just strong enough in royal purple with Gucci’s classic flourishes. At Neiman Marcus for $980.
6. ASOS Chain Cross Body Bag With Pom: Bag charm fever is at an all-time high, but the downside is that the prices of these keychains can be just as steep. With the addition of a removable pom pom to this classic black bag, this is basically a two-for-one! ASOS has On ASOS for $30.79
7. Monki Bronze Metallic Cross Body Bag: The sparkly holiday season may be over, but this rose gold crossbody from Swedish brand Monki is just as fun as a January pick-me-up. On ASOS for $26.
8. Zara Mock Croc Messenger Bag: Have you ever seen such an elegant bag for under $20? It’s perfect for crazy nights when you want to keep your look elevated, but don’t want to risk taking out one of your more expensive investments. At Zara for $19.99 (from $25.90)
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Photography: Scot and Kristi Redman