I recently read an incredible book called The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. The book immerses you into the world of old Hollywood and is full of scandal, glitz, and glamour. I devoured it from cover to cover in one sitting—it was just that good. In fact, it was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time (and I read a lot). Since the novel swept me away into the world of old Hollywood, I’ve been inspired to watch some classic Hollywood films as a result. Breakfast at Tiffany’s was my natural go-to, as the film has gone down in history as a fashion staple (and it had been about a decade since I last watched it). Holly Golightly, played by the exquisite Audrey Hepburn, will always be synonymous with chicness. Her black Givenchy dress, oversized sunnies, and pearl necklace in the opening scene are the very definition of style, and I found myself obsessing over every single outfit she wore throughout the film. Sure, her character may be a bit flawed, but the girl knows how to dress. Released in 1961, it’s a true feat that I envy the costumes from the film today, as it is coming up on nearly 60 years since the anniversary of its release.
Holly wears many covetable outfits throughout the film, and one of my favorites was when she donned a pair of black cigarette pants, a simple grey turtle neck, and a killer bag. The bag is patent croc-embossed, has a kiss-lock closure, and a gold chain strap. I seriously can see myself carrying this bag today, tomorrow, and perhaps for the rest of my life—it’s proven to be a classic. My best guess is that Holly’s bag is a vintage Chanel, and although I’m sad that this exact style would be nearly impossible to get your hands on today without an insurmountable amount of luck and fortune, there are several bags available for purchase today that emulate the same classic, chic aesthetic. I’ve been on a hunt to find some bags that would be Holly Golightly approved and I’m excited to share my findings. While I’ve been known to dabble in trends, I’m feeling inspired by Ms. Golightly’s clean, classic style. After all, who doesn’t love a timeless bag?
Saint Laurent Sunset Chain Crossbody Bag ($2,350)
Givenchy GV3 Small Croc-Embossed Leather Shoulder Bag ($2,590)
Chloé C Shiny & Suede Clutch with Chain ($1,190)
Salvatore Ferragamo Medium Ginny Bow Leather Shoulder Bag ($1,120)
Chanel Classic Flap Handbag ($2,475)
Gucci Dionysus Mini Leather Bag ($1,450)
Saint Laurent Medium Envelope Chain Shoulder Bag ($2,190)
Salvatore Ferragamo Ganchino Clip Crossbody ($930)