Do me a favor and tell me the bag trend you’ve been seeing more and more of on your Instagram feed. If you just mumbled mini bags, ding ding ding , that’s it. More specifically, micro croc-effect satchels. These It bags have been the talk of the town thanks to new brands cropping up, combined with the street style set’s adoration of the silhouette. A few reasons I’ve personally been feeling them? Well, not only are the finds out there legit adorable, but they also add a luxe, elevated twist to whatever you’re wearing.
So yes, we’re clearly in the midst of peak mini croc, but with the 2019 runway’s emphasis on the style and the new iterations that keep popping up from all the major lines, I know we’re going to continue riding this trend wave well into next year. So if you haven’t grabbed onto one of these It bags yet, it’s not too late. Keep scrolling for a little visual inspiration in the form of fashion girls with their must-have satchels, plus shop some of the best styles of the moment that are bound to give you all the feels.
If there’s anyone in the world who is opposed to the fake version of anything, it’s fashion girls. Knockoffs are typically deemed never worth it, and most of the time (if you ask anyone remotely engaged with the fashion world), a direct fake is simply forbidden. Well, there’s one exception to this rule, and that’s when it comes to animal products such as fur and leathers. Today, we’re here to hone in on one particular handbag trend that fashion girls always buy the “fake” version of, and that’s crocodile.
This fall has been all about the croc-effect handbag trending in versions ranging from belt bags to more traditional carryalls. Instead of spending thousands on a product that is not sustainable, women are buying the faux- crocodile version instead. While it’s safe to assume that these shoppers value sustainable mission statements and vegan products, it also doesn’t hurt that some of the most talked-about brands of the year are designing the mock-croc bags everyone’s carrying.
Over the past few years, there has been a rise in affordable designer handbags. Most of the It bags that you see all over your Instagram feeds are selling the fast, and all have one thing in common: a croc-effect finish. Lisa Aiken, Net-a-Porter’s former fashion director, said at her F/W 18 presentation that this trend is only going to get bigger this autumn and that the key is that it photographs well.
“Lots of contemporary brands are working this into their collections but it still feels super premium,” says Aiken. “It’s something you’d have and treasure for a long time.” Staud’s croc-effect Bissett bag always sells out very quickly, and Rejina Pyo’s and Nanushka’s bags are all in a luxurious soft brown croc-effect leather. A look that can be easily mimicked by more affordable brands—it’s very hard to tell an expensive croc-effect from a more cost-effective one, but you’ll be likely to notice the difference in terms of silhouette, hardware, and quality of finish.