The first metallic bag I remember falling for is the Fendi Spy bag in holographic Fortuny bronze leather. I first spotted the iconic bag on Emily’s character as she was hit by a taxi in the Devil Wears Prada back in 2006. If you haven’t noticed by now, that movie truly played an integral part of my life during my formative years, but I digress. From that moment on, I was smitten with the Fortuny Spy. I have vivid memories of spotting the bag on the arm of Mary Kate Olsen, which sealed the deal for the Fortuny Spy as not just the object of my affection, but a must-have bag for me. The Fortuny Spy has had a constant spot on my Holy Grail list ever since, but has still not made its way into my wardrobe just yet. Why not you ask? Well, I must confess something that as a bag lover I’m a bit ashamed of…you see, I am totally on the fence with metallic bags. In my 15+ years of bag collecting, I have never purchased a single metallic handbag.
With a collection as robust as mine, it is pretty shocking that I have never had a metallic handbag in the mix. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I have an extreme aversion to metallic bags, in fact, I often find myself admiring them (hi, Fortuny Spy!). Metallic bags are bold and eye catching, two traits I happen to like in my bags. I’m no stranger to my bag acting as the star of my outfit, I’m not married to neutral styles, and I often favor daring bags. I love mixing metals in my jewelry, my wedding ring set is a mix of rose gold and white gold, much to my jeweler’s not so subtle horror. I own numerous metallic sandals that I joyously pulled out of their winter storage bin last week, ready and waiting to be worn all summer long. I’m constantly admiring the look of metallic bags on others, appreciating the elevated statement they contribute to someone’s look. I’ve been stalking #metallicbag on Instagram. So why am I hesitating to add a metallic bag to my own collection? It’s tough to pinpoint the exact reason, but I think I am scared of looking like I’m wearing aluminum foil, which I know is so silly. It’s an irrational fear that I haven’t been able to get over, despite admiring metallic bags on others season after season.
I am thinking it’s time to confront my silly fear and I am seriously contemplating picking up a metallic bag for summer. There is truly no better season for a good metallic bag than sweet summer. Whether you’re feeling a smaller metallic bag or something a bit larger, I have picked out my favorites below. I am already envisioning myself on a sunny patio, drinking rosé while wearing a bright sundress, flatforms, and a metallic crossbody.
What’s your take on metallic bags? Love them or leave them?
Gucci Mini Quilted Metallic Crossbody ($1,200)
Eric Javits Aura Woven Shopper ($525)
Salvatore Ferragamo Thalia Small Shoulder Bag ($1,250)
Miu Miu Lady Matelassé Tote ($2,350)
Tory Burch Fleming Metallic Belt Bag ($278)
Proenza Schouler PS1+ Medium Metallic Paper Leather Satchel Bag ($1,995)
Chloé Faye Day Mini Metallic Satchel Bag ($1,590)
Coach Rogue 25 ($695)