For the past couple of years vanity bags have grown to become a highly coveted handbag shape, popping up season after season among our favorite designer's assortments. And while the vanity case has remained a micro trend, picking up steam but never becoming a full blown trend, it seems the shape is here to stay. The often structured, sometimes top handled silhouette was never intended to be a handbag, rather its origin dates back to a time when women had entire rooms dedicated to dressing and beautifying themselves. Traditionally, these beauty cases held makeup palettes, brushes, lipstick and more, sitting atop a woman's vanity, hence the silhouette's name. Though the rather specific shape isn't necessarily the easiest to wear, designers have begun to release less literal versions of the vanity case, with many including a crossbody strap. The newest vanity bag on the block from none other than Saint Laurent fits that bill.
This 80's Vanity Bag from Saint Laurent is the perfect mix of traditional and practical with its semi-structured shape, chain shoulder strap and quilted overstitched leather. It's finished with a YSL monogrammed hangtag, making YSL's usually big and bold logo hardware appear a bit more understated. The bag posses an easy-to-wear, cool-girl vibe that can be dressed up or down. Smaller in size and more north-south in shape than most traditional vanity bags, this bag is perfect for day to night wear. However if you prefer a more literal version of the vanity case we've got a pick for you too! Below we've rounded up our favorites ranging from the classic shape to the more modern too.