People Always Stop Me in the Street When I Wear This Fashion Item

True story: While in NYC this past weekend and walking from the Flatiron to SoHo with my husband, mid-NoHo, he told me that every woman walking by had stared at my bag. "Is it really cool or something?" he asked. His endearing reaction aside, this confirmed to me that the number one fashion item I wear that even strangers want to know about is my quirky, unique, frequently rotating handbag collection. (In the most recent case, it was the Staud Shirley bag.) 

I love a neutral, versatile bag as much as the next girl, but in recent years, I've been gravitating to more whimsical styles. As a result, I get questions, stares, and compliments from friends and strangers alike on a very regular basis. While compliments are great, what I most love about carrying a quirky handbag is that I don't feel the need to try quite as hard to come up with an exciting outfit when I just can't. Also worth noting: These unique bags don't need a designer label (and the price tag to go along with it) to be cool. Case in point: The It bag of summer 2018 is made of beads and rings in under $300. Not only that, but quirky bags are very Instagrammable, which you're about to see proof of. 

Below, see my quirky bag collection in action and shop some of my current favorite styles.

Found that ☀️

A post shared by Allyson Payer (@allypayer) on

This It bag now comes in mini form, which I of course had to own.

You won't be able to go anywhere without getting compliments on this one.

Older and wiser ????

A post shared by Allyson Payer (@allypayer) on

If you don't own a Susan Alexandra bag yet, now is the time.

What I love about this belt bag is that it feels classic but has a quirky twist.

Crop top Tuesday?

A post shared by Allyson Payer (@allypayer) on

I bought this affordable beauty in black.

As long as Staud keeps making cool bags, I'll keep buying them.


A post shared by Allyson Payer (@allypayer) on

Try the netted bag trend without actually exposing the contents of your bag.

Definitely not your average basket bag.

Weekend Ally ????

A post shared by Allyson Payer (@allypayer) on

Guaranteed to complement all your summer dresses. 

Yes, there are crocodiles in there ????

A post shared by Allyson Payer (@allypayer) on

Another far-from-average basket bag to covet.

There's a lot of outfit-boosting power in this $60 bag.

My bag isn't aware that vacation is over ????

A post shared by Allyson Payer (@allypayer) on

Charleston dinner #ootn

A post shared by Allyson Payer (@allypayer) on

The chicest NFL stadium–approved bag I've seen.

This dramatic pouch is a thing of beauty.

My version of rainy day gear ☔️

A post shared by Allyson Payer (@allypayer) on

So much cooler than a clutch for a night out.

This looks like it could be a prized souvenir from a vacation to Mexico.

The color of the season, in cool bag form.

Related Stories