Fashion is undoubtedly still in the midst of a Y2K revival. And yet, another era of handbags seems to be on the style horizon. Trends from the 2010s are slowly but surely creeping up on today’s fashion scene. Could it be time for a revival of 2010s-era bags? Already?!

From black eyeliner to leather jackets, love for the decade that bore witness to Kylie Jenner’s blue dipped-dyed hair and Instagram’s transformation from a photo-sharing platform to a social networking powerhouse is gaining traction, and fast. This nostalgia-induced adoration extends to bags from the 2010s.

The slouchy oversized totes and sleek all-over black leather top handle styles of the decade seem to be calling out to handbag lovers everywhere. There is a mix of now (technically) vintage designs from the 2010s and styles that draw inspiration from the era popping up in street style shots and wish lists everywhere. In short, you’re sure to find a 2010s-inspired bag on your arm sometime soon. But what’s causing this refound love of 2010s-era handbags? And will it last?

The 2014 Tumblr Girl … And Other Style Heroes Of The 2010s

The revival of 2010s fashion can’t be discussed without first mentioning the 2014 Tumblr Girl? What is the 2014 Tumblr Girl? As the name suggests, it’s a fashion aesthetic linked to the early 2010s and the microblogging and social networking platform Tumblr. The 2014 Tumblr Girl (or any other gender) is cool. They wear eyeliner and biker boots and dress in almost exclusively all-black ensembles. Crucially, they’d look great carrying a Givenchy Antigona in smooth black calfskin leather.

Givenchy Antigona

The cool, edgy and androgynous vibe of the 2014 Tumblr Girl goes hand in hand with the unstructured, distressed style of many popular bags from the 2010s. And since the greatest fashion minds have declared that the aesthetic is back, it seems only a matter of time before 2010s-era styles take center stage.

In addition to many great bags, the 2010s also saw the concept of street style explode, thanks to social media and the growing number of fashion blogs. The concept of the influencer was born. Snaps of the Kardashian-Jenners and a slew of other emerging style gurus carrying designer accessories began to circulate online, meaning handbags of the time were being seen by more potential fans than ever before.

Tote Love Is Back

Peplums and statement neon hues, defining styles of the 2010s, are already popping up on runways. Enthusiasm for 2010s style doesn’t stop there. The decade’s signature too-big-they’re-almost-impractical totes have become the maxi-accessory of choice for many designers, with big bags taking up space on the runway at Fendi, Jacquemus, and more. This conjures up images of 2010s-era Kim Kardashian clinging to a humongous tote bag.

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Kim Kardashian with a Celine Phantom Luggage Tote

After fashion’s devotion to mini and micro styles for what feels like forever, the prospect of re-embracing the previous decade’s roomy designs seems pretty appealing. In short, fashion is yet again ready to size up its accessories.

The Bags Ready For A Revival

Akin to the state of their Y2K predecessors a few years ago, 2010s-era designs have been sleeping in their dust bags, quietly waiting for their grand return. With the luxury resale market bigger than ever and re-issue bags being an increasingly profitable move for fashion houses, the revival of 2010s-era handbags will probably involve a significant number of retro (ish) designs from that time.

Think, Celine’s Luggage Tote and Trapeze styles, Givenchy Antigona, Mulberry Bayswater, and Saint Laurent Sac de Jour. Sleek, care-free carry-alls, equal parts elegant, practical, and soft grunge.

Celine Trapeze Bag

Despite these styles being first released not too long after their Y2K forebears, there are some key differences between these two eras in handbag history. While the Y2K color palette was multi-hued and favored bright, bubblegum shades, handbags of the 2010s were typically all-over black or more neutral colors. Instead of overly branded designs which became a staple of early 2000s bags, 2010s-era styles tended to feature less logos and more subtle nods to their designers.

New 2010s-Inspired Designs

Fashion loves a revival style. But who doesn’t love the reimagining of a retro trend through a fresh fashion lens? A new cohort of designs is emerging which reinterpret the most beloved design elements of 2010s-era bags. With an emphasis on spacious silhouettes completely disparate to the minuscule styles consumers have become accustomed to, these reimagined 2010-inspired designs nod to the time period’s sense of effortless coolness without becoming a mere repackaging of previous styles.

Saint Laurent ICare Shopping Bag

One current favorite is Saint Laurent’s Icare Maxi Shopping bag spotted on the likes of Zoë Kravitz and her assemblage of A-lister pals. Dubbed a summer staple by experts, the design’s maxi-size, slouchy silhouette, and all-over black finish are textbook 2010s handbag.

Other emerging 2010s-esque bags include the Givenchy Kenny bag, designed for Spring/Summer 2022, and the new Dior Vibe bowling bag, available in Y2K-approved small versions, as well as sizable heavy-duty iterations set to excite those of you eager for the comeback of fashion’s yesteryear.

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Sandy
Sandy
26 days ago

Oh, I still love the Antigona! (There are better pics that the squished one above😊).

Kate Belot
Kate Belot
22 days ago
Reply to  Sandy

The squished, used look is what makes it for me.

HotSundae
HotSundae
25 days ago

That YSL hardware is so tacky, and the bag so generic and shapeless, it almost looks like some weird fake you would spot on Canal, where you would laugh that anyone could think it was a real designer bag.

Monica
Monica
25 days ago

Elizabeth Cline wrote in her book Overdressed about how trends have begun to cycle faster and faster thanks to fast fashion, and that’s clearly permeated luxury fashion too with the eight collections or whatever each fashion house is doing these days. I would wonder why they don’t reach farther back in the annals of fashion history for their inspiration, but I guess the garments of the sixties and earlier with their tendency toward more fabric and more details don’t lend themselves to cheap manufacture.

Anyway I don’t see who’s nostalgic for the 2010s other than children, for whom that might seem a long time ago, but fashion continues to cater to the tastes of teenagers as it has for so many years. 🙄

Kate Belot
Kate Belot
22 days ago
Reply to  Monica

Thanks for the book tip. I’m hearing you loud and clear.

Kimberly
Kimberly
22 days ago

I rotate all my favorite bags with my newer bags. My Fendi Spy, Gucci Sukey, Balenciaga City Bag, and any Prada or LV are always in rotation! A high quality bag is never out of style! I get complimented all the time on my older bags.

Marta
Marta
22 days ago

Ugh I’m so excited I love Celine and I have the luggage and the trapeze and I’m so excited to see them comeback. I also have the Givenchy atigona. So I am all set. So excited

Slim
Slim
22 days ago
Reply to  Marta

Yes, same here! I have the luggage tote and the Trapeze, so glad I kept them stored in their dust bags!

Kristy
Kristy
22 days ago
Reply to  Marta

same here! Can’t wait for the Celine Trapeze comeback! (and other Phoebe Philo’s Celine to be honest…)

psny15
psny15
26 days ago

❤️❤️❤️❤️

harry
harry
22 days ago

Yes, can fashion can revive. But all bags will not get likeness as they get early.
I already have a Givenchy bag. Also, I put a base shaper inside this, to prevent this from sagging. Because its a way long old bag.Lols