Costume National Ruched HoboFew people love a slouchy bag more than me. In my own handbag collection, I mostly eschew structure in favor of soft, slouchy, slightly bohemian shoulder bags and oversized clutches. I worship soft, wearable leather.

Which makes the Costume National Ruched Hobo all the more disappointing to me – this is a bag I could have easily loved if the design had been decent at all. But it’s not – instead, it’s just really awkward. Although it’s a hobo, the body of the bag protrudes unreasonably far up past where the handles are attached, creating a weird pooch of material above where you would expect the bag to stop. It breaks up what could have been a clean but slouchy line and makes the bag look a little home-sewn, to borrow a phrase from Project Runway. The black iteration of this bag is somewhat less expensive (probably because black is a color notorious for being flaw-friendly), but the dark brown does nothing but highlight the considerable number of design issues we have here. I’m all for avant garde, but this is just ill-conceived. Buy through Saks for $1125.

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  • Carol

    I don’t care for this bag at all. Looks hard to access and isn’t even attractive.

  • Pandor@

    OMFG!

    Totally disgusting! >_< No words…

  • Caroline @ Salescoop

    I am going to have to agree with your post and with all of the comments here…EW! I personally love to throw a comfy bag over my shoulder to wear everyday, but this one would not be my first pick. In addition to the shape being odd, the color isn’t even pretty!

    Caroline
    http://www.twitter.com/carolineburas

  • Ingerid Prebensen

    Has this bag been in the war or what??

  • Mandy

    I like a good slouchy hobo as much as the next girl, but this is absolutely ridiculous. Hideous.

  • Thistle

    Just say no.

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