While some people want to add trendy pieces to their accessory collection, the majority of handbag enthusiasts I talk to want to add key pieces that will stand the test of time. Few bags manage to become fashion icons without also feeling overexposed, but the Lady Dior has done exactly that: it has the understated beauty of a timeless bag without the ubiquity that makes some designs tiresome. It is, in a word, elegant.
For Cruise 2017, Dior added a new size to its Lady Dior lineup: the My Lady Dior. Not only is this bag precisely what was missing, size-wise, but also, the My Lady Dior can be personalized by adding your favorite Lucky Badges to the strap of your bag. The customizable strap allows for three badges and there are plenty of options to choose from to adorn the long adjustable leather strap.
There are so many reasons why this is the perfect size Lady Dior Bag. Dior already offers a Micro, Mini, Medium and Large, all which have dimensions that don’t change drastically as you step up from size to size. But sometimes, even the slightest change makes a bag just right, and that’s the case with the new My Lady Dior. With dimensions of 20 x 17 x 9 cm (7.9 x 6.7 x 3.5 in), this bag fills a gap in the lineup. I’m always looking for a bag that is compact but not too petite, and that is precisely what this one offers. On top of it, the smaller size calls for a long shoulder strap, and Dior offers just that with this bag. As the strap is adjustable, you can either carry the bag cross-body on your hip for hands-free use, over one shoulder or by hand with the strap outside. Because of the size and the long shoulder strap, this bag transitions ideally from day to night and will easily become a wardrobe staple.
The customizable shoulder strap is an integral part of this bag, and it’s also the aspect which immediately lured me in. The ability to add three Lucky Badges to the strap matches with the Dior aesthetic perfectly. This bag stands out and adds a fun touch to the Lady Dior look while still remaining perfectly in line with Dior’s feminine, classic appeal. Mr. Dior was known to be very superstitious and believed strongly in luck and signs, so each Lucky Badge coincides with the connection between luck and Dior.
I love finding out deeper meaning behind fashion pieces. Here are a few of my favorite badges and the significance behind them:
Bee: Symbol of collective work, connected to flowers. The bee was an historic French symbol under Napoleon’s reign and a nod to Christian Dior’s love of the garden.
Badge: Cannage code featured on the Napoleon III chairs in Dior Haute Couture salons. First seen in the Summer 2014 collection, the badge represents the codes and stories of the house. It is a symbol of belonging, of being a Dior woman and a member of the Dior Tribe.
In addition to those, there are many more fun symbols and every letter of the alphabet to create a truly unique and personalized bag. Along with over 40 Lucky Badges, the bag comes in a variety of colors to choose from.
Another aspect I haven’t discussed is the ease of use for this bag. While some of the Lady Dior bags have a zipper closure at the top, the My Lady Dior has an easy-to-access flap top. The flap holds all of your things inside but also allows you to easily enter the bag without the hassle of a stubborn zipper. The interior is lined in leather, often in a different but complementary hue.
If you’re like me, the Lady Dior has always been a bag that you’ve loved and admired. But now I feel like Dior has created the perfect addition to make the bag’s feel a bit more youthful and casual. I love the idea of customizing this bag to be mine and speak to me without it losing any of its timeless appeal. The perfect, slight changes to the Lady Dior Bag have made all the difference, and if you’ve been looking for the right size and version to speak to you, it has now arrived.