I tend to have a soft spot for bags that are ever-so-slightly on the wrong side of the fabulous/tacky divide, so when I see something like the Halston Heritage Carla Studded Flap Bag, I have to check myself for a moment. Is this bag actually cool, or is that my bad taste talking?

Despite the simultaneous presence of both sequins and studs, two trends that are about to find themselves visited by that old-fashioned giant hook that yanks people off stage, I think that the color palette and various textures might work together to make this bag a winner. At least on a certain level.

One thing that definitely works in this bag’s favor is neutrality. The sequins are black, the leather is black, the studs and chain strap are a medium, unoffensive shade of gold. The combination of the leather and sequins is actually rather tasteful, considering all of the various and sundry ways that a bag with that many sequins could go bad. The thing that trips me up, though, is the variation in stud size. If they had all been big or small, the bag would probably looked a bit more polished. With a mixture, the design might cross too far into tacky territory. What say you? Buy through ShopBop for $345.

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  • Stacy

    When I saw this bag I instantly thought of my grandmother and how much she would LOVE this bag. She has a nack for wearing “unusual” pieces and making them look fabulous.

    My personal feeling is…I don’t think the bag is tacky but I also don’t feel that it has a unique vibe either. It just seems middle of the road. There is nothing about this bag that would make me stop, pick it up, and inspect it closer. Guess I am over studs (of the metal kind, at least – haha) after all.

    • Chris

      This sounds very cute. You must have had a very fashionable and fun grandmother.

      • Stacy

        She is a handful. The more outrageous the item the better. She still has the country vibe to her though, born and raised in rural central Texas, she loves denim jeans and long sleeve button down blouses as well. She LOVES loud pieces, especially where her bags are concerned. I didn’t get that from her, I’m still conservative with my bags, maybe as I get older I might begin to rock her look with the same panache she does. :)

  • Stylista

    I think it works! I don’t really see what’s wrong with it. Nothing’s too overpowering; the sequins and the studs work harmoniously together. It’s nice!


  • MizzJ

    Hmm if it were leather instead of sequins, then yeah for sure I’d go for this; however it’s not, so I think it’s kinda overdoing these 2 trends.


  • Karin bag4bag

    Too much for me ! The woven gold chain really throws me off it too.