Transparent Handbags: The Pros And Cons Of Going Clear

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Are you ready to put your life on display?

This season, transparent handbags are a sure-fire way to make a statement. From Loewe’s Puzzle bag to Chanel’s iconic 2.55, several designers have rendered their signature handbag silhouettes in transparent materials and they’ve become a hit among the street style set, both for the striking bags themselves and for what’s inside. But be warned: with great transparency comes even greater responsibility. writer Gracie Stewart rounds up the pros and cons of going clear.

You learn to organise: Like most women, I’m constantly throwing odds and end into my handbag. By the end of the day I’ve usually managed to add a handful of receipts, food wrappers, rouge hair ties and an extra lip balm or two to my bag. But these piles of junk are a definite no-go when sporting a transparent bag. Instead, you’ll need to learn how to organise your bag to ensure only your bare essentials are on display. Try sticking to a slim wallet, phone and one lipstick.

Chanel vintage jumbo shoulder bag,

No more freak-outs: I would estimate that at least once or twice a day I frantically dig around my handbag thinking I’ve lost my phone. But with a clear handbag you’ll be able to see at a quick glance whether or not you have it on hand.

Maison Margiela transparent vinyl shopper tote,

They go with everything: Clear bags give you the freedom to wear what you like without needing to worry about accessory-matching your outfit.

Dolce & Gabbana transparent Sicily shoulder bag,

There’s nowhere to hide: While a transparent handbag is a great way to help you organise your life, it also doesn’t give you any room to hide those things you don’t want to be seen. Whether it’s a gift you’re hiding from a friend or something a little more personal, it will all be on display.