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I have a weakness for bags. Tote bags, trendy bags, classic bags, bags I’ll carry once or twice then display in my closet like multi-pocketed pieces of artwork. Maybe it’s because I grew up fascinated by the Olsen twins’ giant bags. (What were they carrying in those bags? Each other?) Maybe it’s because I saw this photo of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian carrying matching Louis Vuitton bags on a particularly formative day. All I know is that I search early-aughts Chanel bags on The Real Real more than I’d care to admit. Actually, who am I kidding? I’m proud of the way I spend my free time. Some people have ASMR videos. I have bags.
And while I technically don’t need any more bags, one or two extras wouldn’t hurt, right? I’ve been saving for a rainy day, and it’s the holiday season, after all. I should treat myself—as should you. I can’t exactly afford the bags the celebrities, below, are carrying, but they can serve as inspo for my next purchase. And yours.
Dion’s tiny zebra-print top-handle bag is the perfect foil to her two-tone denim look.
Longoria’s all-black outfit is perfect for showing off an Hermès shoulder bag.
Sometimes it’s fun to match your bag to your dress, like Brown. A coordination queen. Her petite top-handle bag gets all my roses.
I love a good crossbody bag: You get all the style benefits of tote but still have your hands free. Duff reaped the benefits of her Dior crossbody by picking up coffee. I’d probably use my hands to … carry more bags.
Jamil’s yellow mini bucket bag is tonally aligned with her shades-of-tan outfit but provides a punchy pop of color.
Punky Brewster would never, but, man, I would. What would I put in this Celine Luggage bag? Ten-thousand sticks of gum? Three smaller handbags? The Olsen twins would be proud.
Leave it to Posh Spice to perfectly match her purple velvet clutch and heels. She deserves a Pulitzer for pulling this off.