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What’s Your Handbag Ick?

I really, really want to like this popular style, but it always falls short for me...

We’ve all heard about the relationship ick, a term largely popularized in the last few years on social media. It’s a simple concept, really, and often comes at random, making someone (or something as we’re about to discuss) you were once really into no longer of interest to you. The Ick can apply to fashion as well (looking at you, skinny jeans), and today we’re here to talk about getting the handbag ick, all in good fun, of course!

Let’s get into it!

When it comes to bags, I’m really not one to discriminate. My collection is full of bags from various designers, shapes, and colors. I’m not very methodical in my shopping patterns. I see it, I like it, I want it, I buy it. It’s really fairly simple for me. For the most part. But, like most of us, I do have one thing, or rather, one specific silhouette that lately has been giving me the ick.

Bucket bags…or…bust?

As much as I want to love bucket bags, they simply turn me off, no matter what the brand. I really want to like them, but something about the silhouette of a bucket bag continues to fall short for me. Even when I’m drawn toward one, I always opt for another silhouette over a bucket bag, and I’m not even sure I can pinpoint exactly why; they just give me the ick. *Shrugs*

Maybe it’s the drawstring closure that often accompanies them that I find cumbersome, or maybe it’s that I often find the way a bucket bag closes and cinches to be a bit messy. Either way, I’ve yet to find a bucket bag that does it for me, and I’ll definitely not fall victim to buying another one anytime soon.

What Gives You the Handbag Ick?

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Ned
Ned
11 months ago

Balenciaga

Sandy
Sandy
11 months ago
Reply to  Ned

Each to their own, I like Balenciaga. I am not a fan of the Hermes game they want you to play for the privilege of giving them $15,000.00 for a bag, nope!

MJM
MJM
11 months ago
Reply to  Sandy

THIS

CShell
CShell
11 months ago
Reply to  Ned

perfect answer.

Emma
Emma
11 months ago
Reply to  Ned

loool THIS!

SlurmLoco
SlurmLoco
11 months ago

Constant price increases.

Ella
Ella
11 months ago
Reply to  SlurmLoco

So agree. I’m planning to start shopping far less than in the past as have fallen for the “better buy now before it’s more expensive” which I suppose is what they want.

KittyHawk
KittyHawk
11 months ago

I don’t like a single initial – like the single H for Hermes on the Constance or the Evelyn bags or the single B on some Balmain bags. It’s weird because I don’t mind the Gucci or Chanel double initials, but the single one reminds me of the single L on Laverne’s sweater on Laverne and Shirley. I know it’s weird.

Anna
Anna
11 months ago
Reply to  KittyHawk

It’s weird, but it also makes sense! 😊

Mia
Mia
11 months ago

Anything withLV monogram.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
11 months ago

Bags that don’t hold a cell phone. I HATE carrying my phone in my hand.

WOCs are another. What a waste of good leather. Add cell phone holders to the mix.

Finally…hobo bags. Everything settles to the bottom like a trash bag.

SlurmLoco
SlurmLoco
11 months ago

I long felt the same about hobos, but I have found having and organizer in there takes it from a black hole of sadness to an organized easy to carry piece. However, I do only have 1 hobo as structured bags are overall more in line with what I like.

Irene
Irene
11 months ago

Micro bags.
Totally pointless ; unless you want to carry a stick of gum around

Tracey
Tracey
11 months ago

Backpacks and mini backpacks! If you aren’t in school or going hiking, wear a tote or a purse! Or a bumbag.

Passerine
Passerine
11 months ago

Big logos. Worst offender: Dior Book Bag. Medium or larger size bags that don’t have interior zipped pockets big enough to hold a wallet. Bags that don’t have secure closures (IOW, bags designed for pickpockets). Bucket bags, they just don’t work for me. Hobos are ok if they 1) aren’t too big and 2) come with interior pockets. And finally, large workbags that come with skinny, flimsy shoulder straps. Once the bag is fully loaded, they just dig into your shoulder. For an unfathomable reason, some designers put fat, sturdy shoulder straps on small to medium sized bags and skinny straps on large bags. wth?

Anna
Anna
11 months ago

I don’t like bags with those huge chainlink straps, like the LV Coussin or some of the BV Cassette bags. I don’t mind a daintier or more condensed chain like on the Stella McCartney Falabella, but those big ones are too industrial and clunky for me. Especially if they’re super lightweight and noisy, then they seem cheap too.

Ella
Ella
11 months ago
Reply to  Anna

I have the Coussin but was put off by the chain initially. The wider sporty strap is excellent and very comfortable and the three compartments are a better version of the Celine Trio. But yes, I wonder if the thicker chain strap is the destined to age the bag badly…

Luci
Luci
11 months ago

Anything that has the designer name on the bag for the person across the street to see. Not like a monogram or an initial, those I don’t mind and kind of like. But I’m taking the Mac Jacob’s Tote bag or Celine Cabas what have the brand in big letters. It feels like when you go clothes shopping and a shirt in a color or feel grabs our attention only for it to have the loudest graphic imaginable on it. It takes away from the beauty of the piece in my opinion.

That and very slim and/or tiny bags that you can’t put anything but your hopes and dreams in.

KittyHawk
KittyHawk
11 months ago
Reply to  Luci

“That and very slim and/or tiny bags that you can’t put anything but your hopes and dreams in.”

LOL – yes! I love the way super thin bags look on my body frame (I’m pretty short, so the proportions work well for me), but boy, they fit NOTHING inside!

Sleepy Sue
Sleepy Sue
11 months ago

I have a dilemma. I get the ick when a brand is over-exposed, like LV or Coach or MK, all prolific in my area. I don’t know why I’m hating-i just want a bag to be unique if I’m spending so much $. But then on the other hand I know it’s because they are great designs. Nothings more durable than LV, except maybe vintage Coach, and maybe my most practical bag is my MK-era Celine.

Nancy
Nancy
11 months ago
Reply to  Sleepy Sue

I agree that any bag hyped on Instagram or YouTube. I would never buy LV, Chanel or Hermes. Why follow the herd!

Victoria
Victoria
11 months ago

vanity case bags. i tired. it was so cumbersome. cute, but cumbersome.

Jaime
Jaime
11 months ago

Bottega Cassette with the heavy chains…Its like the heavy locks from Chloe, weighing the bag down.

Amanda R
Amanda R
11 months ago

Honestly? Quiet luxury. Sooooo boooring. I’m not saying I need all of my bags to be giant logos, but gimme a lil SOMETHING spicy!!

VVVV
VVVV
11 months ago

Putting a Disney character on a high end bag.

Tanja
Tanja
11 months ago

Huge logos on bags (r shoes) – I know it’s all the rage at the moment. Chainlink straps.

Beryl
Beryl
11 months ago

Non functional bags. Why buy something you have to keep open a the time bc the clasp is annoying or opening too small?

J B
J B
11 months ago

The price!

J B
J B
11 months ago

Appliance type branding on a bag.

joyeux
joyeux
11 months ago

Monograms as a design feature. The YSL logo, the Hermes H, Chanel double C’s. I can’t stand them on bags I would otherwise like. Even the LV monogram which I think can look great on a well-loved bag someone else carries, I would never buy for myself.

susmita gupta
susmita gupta
11 months ago

i like the looks of both backpacks and crossbodies, but crossbody bags don’t look good on me, neither do backpacks.

Jenn
Jenn
11 months ago

I have a love-hate relationship with fold-over clasps (e.g., LV Sistina, Boetie, Melrose; Gucci Jackie). I like the look but that strap is a floppy nuisance and the bags are usually too small for you to get your hands in & out either side. Same goes for middle zip compartments. I always think I’m going to like them but the bag ends up feeling “too” organized and I can never find anything! lol

Ami
Ami
11 months ago

Heavy bags.

lizzie
lizzie
11 months ago

price increase on bags