Much like snowflakes, pasta, and one-bedroom apartments, trends come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like leopard accents or military-inspired pieces, tear through the fashion community, making their way from the most talked-about designer collections to the most accessible high-street finds. Others, like pleats or leather shorts, seep into the collective consciousness slowly, rendering them less ubiquitous than the aforementioned obsessions, yet still noteworthy and intriguing. Bucket bags, the illustrious subject of today's inaugural Microtrend story, fall into the latter category, proving that must-have items can come in small packages!
Frankly, we're not surprised that bucket bags have stealthily gained traction among fashionable ladies like Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung-both who have been seen toting the cute carryall on numerous occasions. Storing all the necessities and neatly tied up to avoid spillage, these bags are not only adorable, but très useful too; unlike a top handle tote or a clutch, these bags have long, across-body straps, which means you get to enjoy unencumbered hands! Yet, before we delve right into the bevy of beauteous bags we've chosen to highlight today, we'd like to take a closer look at the bucket's background. Perhaps the most well known of this pail-shaped breed is the Louis Vuitton Noé Bag ($1070). This monogrammed delight was originally created in 1932 (we told ya it was a slow and steady burn!) as a way for the chic to carry four to five bottles of champagne en route. It's no wonder, then, that an accessory originally dreamed up to help the crème de la crème keep their bubbly handy would resurface in the sartorially-beloved decade of excess-the eighties-as label-bedecked leather or satin puff versions to accentuate power suits and party dresses! And now, this fashion season, the standby carryall is seeing another surge of popularity, but this time around designers have updated the bucket bag in fall's hottest neutral hues.
In case you're still not sold on this bag's It status, let's take a look at one of our top trend trailblazers-Kate Bosworth-who was recently spotted toting Mulberry's Edna Mini Drawstring Bag ($950) in Camel to a Broken Bells show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles earlier this fall. The stylish actress used her bucket bag to accent a casual concert ensemble consisting of an oversized camel H&M Sweater ($29.95), dark skinny jeans, and suede Isabel Marant boots. She finished the chicly neutral look with festive Cleopatra Earrings ($30) from her own JewelMint line she shares with stylist Cher Coulter. The result is an off-duty look that is still sleek, well-assembled, and spot-on for the concert.
Now that we've thoroughly examined the lineage of this sac and noted its chic comeback among fashionable favorites, it's time to bring you a few top picks so you, too, can take your place among this microtrend. Thus, without further ado, we bring you our carefully curated list of must-haves, so you can cross purchasing a bucket bag off your bucket list!
Mulberry Edna Drawstring Bag ($1350) in Tomato Red
Whether it's the Alexa, the Bayswater, or the Margaret, we're always swooning for a Mulberry must-have tote, and now we're adding the Edna Drawstring Bag to that lovely list. Clearly, we're not the only ones who adore the British luxury brand, considering today's muse used the miniature version in tan to complete her stylish concert-going look. Yet, while Bosworth's pick is an excellent selection, we'd also like to suggest the full-size version in this festive crimson shade. The size is perfectly suited for a daytime ensemble, while the tomato-red tone will provide the ideal pop of color to all your winter wear.
Tila March Bonnie Bucket Bag ($780) in Kaki
Highly intriguing in both color and shape, Tila March's silvery cylindrical sac immediately caught our eye. The super structural look and directional mushroom hue gives it a sophisticated look that lends itself to this season's minimalist trend. Wear it with a strategically-knotted, sleeveless button-down and black maxi skirt for a fantastic fall ensemble.
Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag ($825) in Luggage
Alexander Wang has no problem whipping up item after item that shoots to the top of everyone's hit-list, like today's pick, the Diego Bucket Bag. This leather drawstring style comes in a variety of colors and materials, including of-the-moment velvet and leopard-print, in addition to a studded iteration that has been spotted on the arm of Bosworth herself! We were particularly drawn to this mustard color as it seamlessly mixes in with everyday basics and provides the perfect finish to casual, denim-centric outfits, like a flak jacket and skinny jeans.
Pour La Victoire Sade Bag ($499)
When we discovered one of our favorite purveyors of on-trend footwear was branching out into handbags, we were elated. Filled with black leather bags of every desirable shape and size, including the one featured today, Pour la Victoire's burgeoning new line is perfect for the city-girl on the go. Case in point: the Sade bag, today's most oversized and street-smart choice. The roomy bucket is large enough to haul all your wares, while the strap and chain detailing give it a little edge. Use it as your daily carryall, or pair it with a belted maxi dress and floppy hat for a spot-on weekend-getaway outfit.
Zara Handbag with Handle ($109)
Zara has always been a go-to for high-street finds and this sleek bucket bag is no exception! The mix of suede and leather is surprisingly luxe, and we love the bag's luscious earthy hue. We'd pair ours with neutral basics like tan trousers and camel coats, or sling it over a knit sweater and knee-length skirt for a Chloe-inspired look.-Liza Kaplan