Can we talk for a moment about this whole denim thing? And I mean not talk about it like fashion people, but like people that like to buy pretty handbags, because ultimately, that’s what almost all of us are. Even if we are fashion people in our spare time. Let’s dispense with what might be “on-trend” and talk about what actually looks good. Hint: IT’S NOT DENIM.

In the interest of full disclosure, I probably haven’t worn jeans in about a year. I just don’t like them. I know a lot of people do, and they look great on a lot of women. They do not look great on me, however, and they do not look great on handbags. I’m ok with denim-colored leather, but bags like the Miu Miu Large Denim Tote are simply beyond the pale.

From a distance, this bag looks it might just be made out of the denim-immitating leather that has started to pop up around the handbagosphere (forgive me for the portmanteau), but on closer inspection, it’s actually a really expensive handbag made out of fabric that came to popularity as a heiny-cover. The Dudette most certainly does not abide (further apologies: I watched The Big Lebowski for the zillionth time this weekend and for most of the intervening days, I’ve been speaking in nothing but TBL quotes).

More than anything, though, I can’t imagine that this bag would be particularly useful. In a situation that would be casual enough to encourage people to wear a denim bag, aren’t most people already wearing jeans anyway? There’s nothing worse than too much denim in one outfit, but I suppose that if you’re already partial to the Canadian Tuxedo look, this might be the perfect way too pull all of those different washes together. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1295.

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  • Cynthia

    The “Canadian tuxedo” comment is beyond obnoxious. I have lived in Canada all my life (Toronto, to be specific), and I have never, ever seen anyone wearing the so-called Canadian tuxedo. For the most part, Canadians living in urban centers such as Toronto dress exactly the same as people living in New York or Chicago. Believe me, I have seen some of the world’s most stunningly awful ensembles on Americans. In fact, one is much more likely to spot a “Canadian tuxedo” south of our border.

    • Mochababe73

      I don’t think that the author meant to offend you are be obnoxious. It was meant as a joke, and if you click on the link and read it, you would get it. Stop taking life and comments so seriously. As a black woman, I was not offended (or anyone else that I know) by what Chris Matthews said. Trust me, it was waaaaay more offensive and obnoxious than what was said here.

    • Click on the link and read it. I didn’t make up the phrase. Also, maybe don’t take things so seriously – it must take a lot of energy. The term is a joke, and I’m completely unwilling to be uptight enough to exclude something so obviously silly and harmless from my writing.

      • L

        Just because it’s a joke, doesn’t mean it’s not offensive. And while you did not invent the expression, you made the choice to use it.

        The very least you can do is respect that somebody might not find it as funny as you do, and might actually find the throwaway stereotyping of her countrymen to be obnoxious.

        That being said, ugh, denim handbags!

      • It was my decision, and it’s one I thoroughly and completely stand behind. It baffles me that this is something worth getting in a snit over and that people aren’t willing to laugh at themselves a bit over something as stupid as an all-denim outfit. Has political correctness not gone a bit far at this point?

      • Cynthia

        Amanda, I didn’t just fall off a turnip truck yesterday. Of course I’m aware of the existence of the term Canadian tuxedo before your use of it. And I find it amusing that you’re dishing such anger and abuse at my response to your comment. Thanks for the support “L”!

      • Hey, wait until someone comes to your job and calls you obnoxious and see if you don’t respond.

      • Ursula

        “Has political correctness not gone a bit far at this point?” Unequivocally, yes.

  • Mochababe73

    Denim was originally used by men panning for gold because they needed something durable to wear. So, I keep that in mind when I am buying jeans. I wear jeans practically everyday of my life. However, there is no way on God’s beautiful green earth that I would EVER wear a denim handbag. I don’t care who made it. Denim handbags are ugly, and they look cheap. And to pay $1300 for a denim handbag is insane.
    This is coming from a woman that owns about 30 pairs of jeans.

  • Jaime @ Denim Debutante

    I’m with you on the purse, but I BET I could find you a great pair of jeans. :)

  • JiChi

    I cannot believe you haven’t worn jeans for that long!! :O

  • denim53

    Since the word “denim” is in my name, I MUST comment! I don’t like this handbag. It doesn’t look good. Denim belongs on tushes.

  • 19yearslater

    I agree with The Dudette. This is a lame handbag. It’s such a polished shape it should not be made of bluejeans. Whining about Canadian jokes is beyond obnoxious.

    • Standard5

      Unless you’re from Canada. Are Americans still butt hurt because we have superior healthcare than them while they can’t figure out how to fix their crappy system? LOL

      • 19yearslater

        That’s not incredibly funny, I don’t know why you’re laughing out loud. Sure, you have better health care. Now, what does that have to do with fashion?

  • Ivy

    Not for me. just don’t like denim handbags….

  • Sleepy

    The bag looks like Mulberry Bayswater’s knock-off to me.

    • sue

      Totally agree with you!

  • Finegremlin

    I have two denim LV bags and love them. Just curious….why can’t anyone take a joke anymore???

    • Deanna

      I have an LV denim handbag and I like it.

  • qnt1017

    I agree! This denim handbag from Miu Miu looks cheap. The only denim handbags I would get are the LV’s!

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  • Elyse

    I wear denim on legs – not on my arm in the form of a purse (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    looks sturdy (fb)

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