Street Style: How To Wear A Transparent Bag

At first, the idea of carrying a clear handbag may seem entirely counterproductive. Everyone will see you're wallet! that pack of chewing gum! And how to do you hide you're scrunched-up collection of receipts?

The idea of your every essential being placed on show for all to see may have you perplexed. However, after a season of spotting see-through bags both on the runways and the street style idea doesn’t seem to strange anymore - in fact, it looks positively on-point.

Suddenly, we’re wishing all our accessories were see-through, and it seems we’re not alone - several retailers are struggling to keep Staud’s transparent Shirley tote in stock, while brands from Loewe to Mango has curated sizable collections of clear bags. For anyone lamenting the expiry of the summer’s netting totes and mesh shoppers, the PVC bag is the officially next see-through star to invest in.

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But for those who just can’t embrace the idea of exposing their everyday possessions in a totally transparent bag, there are ways to side-step the overshare. Slip a smaller pouch inside your clear receptacle to keep everything under wraps, or try embracing the two-bag trend with a micro belt bag to store your most precious possessions.

So while the clear bag may not be the most practical accessories trend to emerge this season, it’s certainly one of the most fun. Moreover, it’s a great opportunity to showcase the designer makeup bag or statement phone holder you’ve succumbed into purchasing.

A practical route into the trend: slip a precious leather bag into a translucent tote to keep it safe from unexpected downpours.

More pretty than practical, a clear bag is the perfect way to showcase flower-market blooms.

A clear handbag is the easiest way to take an all-black look to an statement-making place.


Scrunched nonchalantly at the top, a clear shopper makes an especially on-point statement.

Christina Scotson