Hermès Constance

Saddle Up

I never thought I’d say it, but it’s time to embrace saddle bags.  No, not those kind of saddlebags.  These bags are incredibly chic, minimal classics, that make them worth the investment, whatever your budget.  This style has withstood the test of time, and will undoubtedly continue to do so.

The saddle bag is generally defined by its rounded bottom and a top flap, and can usually be worn either on your shoulder or crossbody.  Great for those days filled with errands (and kids, and dogs, and groceries!)  It holds everything you need, but doesn’t give you the option to carry your whole life with you.  Which is a plus for those of us who have trouble editing down our ‘necessities.’

Top row: Mansur Gavriel; Victoria Beckham; Tom Ford; Middle row: Cuyana; Altuzarra; Celine Lefebure; Bottom row: A.P.C.; 3.1 Phillip Lim; Jérôme Dreyfuss.

Saddle bags can be traced back as far as 700B.C., since the first time saddles were used on a horse.  So essentially, they may be the original Man Bag.  But their biggest moment in A.D. history was unquestionably the 70’s.  Everyone from Ali McGraw, to Jane Birkin to Jackie O had one on their arm.  Hermès even launched two of their most iconic saddle bag styles during this time.  The Constance in ’69 and the Evelyne in ’78.  Still highly coveted today.

What I love about the options above is that they’re all sleek and neutral, with minimal hardware and no logos.  You can dress them up or down, they go with everything.  In shades of nude, navy and burgundy, they are anything but basic.  This season, try a new neutral.  I’m pretty sure no one needs another black bag!

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