If the mere mention of terrycloth immediately transports you back to high school and your favorite Juicy Couture brightly-colored tracksuit, you’re not alone. Terrycloth boomed and boomed big in the 2000s. Everything from tops, (low-rise) sweatpants and dresses to hats, handbags, headbands, and more came dressed in the soft and oh-so-summery material.
For the Beach and Beyond
And while the looped cotton material has been around for over 100 years, using the towel-like fabric known as terrycloth for fashion purposes is a relatively new phenomenon. Dating back to the original high-end athleisure boom discussed above, these days, it’s not uncommon to spot terrycloth on the beach and on the runways.
In the 2020s, terrycloth made its triumphant but not so-surprising return, as fashion’s collective obsession with nostalgia and the early aughts was in full swing. The embodiment of summer, a terrycloth bag makes it feel like every day is a vacation, whether you’re heading out to the beach or not.
Fashion is meant to be fun, and our bags specifically are an extension of that, meant to be functional, yes, but also meant to spark joy and put a smile on our faces. Really, what better way to do that than to carry a handbag that takes an ordinary summer day and makes it feel like you’re at a beach-side resort?
I say love ’em, and if my budget were unlimited, I’d already have the Bottega Veneta Teen Jodie in my closet.