I’ve never liked admitting when I’m wrong about something, but when that something turns out to be a thing I enjoy that I had originally hated, that softens the blow a little bit. When it comes to handbags, the first things on that list are the Valentino Rockstud Bags.

When Valentino’s uber-successful line first debuted, it was with VaVaVoom bags during the brand’s Spring 2011 runway show. Valentino had been searching for its accessories identity for seasons, and it was beginning to feel like the brand’s then-fairly new creative directors might not find their groove. It felt like studs had been all over everything for years on end, and the finger-slips at the front of the VaVaVoom just didn’t quite make sense to me. (They still don’t, really, but the rest of the line is good enough to excuse it.)

A lot of you agreed with me in the comments on that initial review, but somehow, Valentino went on to tweak and expand the collection, making me and thousands of others into believers over the intervening three years. They’re surpassed “trend” and now seem like they’re headed toward “classic” – a bag that the brand can tweak and reissue to great customer response for years to come. I’m glad I was wrong about them.

Which bag or trend did you dismiss at first, only to come around to it later? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Givenchy Lover

    I still don’t like the Valentino Rockstud bags (or shoes for that matter). I like studs just fine, but there is something about these bags that doesn’t look “right” to me.

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    • jen

      Agreed. And they just won’t go away. It seems they had they’re moment, but I keep seeing them pop up in every color imaginable.

    • AGen

      Totally agree! The studs look so cheap to me. I really dislike this bag.

  • Sandy

    I adore the Valentino bags…and the shoes are some of the most beautiful ever made IMO…. The one bag that I was incredibly wrong about and now love is the Givenchy Pandora. When I first noticed them on line at Barneys I though “it looks like a square box with a handle”…”who would buy that”. When you see the Pandora with your things in it, well, it is just one of the most unique bags every made!

  • Stina Sias

    You guys are going to kill me but I couldn’t stand the Celine Trapeze bag at first! I still am not a HUGE fan but I have really fallen in love with a few of the color combinations and I can feel myself warming up to them more every season.

    • Mya Wilkes

      Oh no! Yes I might actually have to kill you. Love the Trapeze; got me a beautiful calf skin burgundy one with royal blue suede gussets! Now, the Luggage, I am not a huge fan of.

    • hingle mckringleberry

      Neither the luggage nor the trapeze were love at first sight for me. I just couldn’t understand the appeal. Now I own both and want more!

  • Mya Wilkes

    I immediately dismissed the Celine Edge at first, but now I’m really warming up to it and looking to get one.

  • jen

    I was really hoping the Jesus sandal/Birkenstock was just a bad dream. Nope.

  • whizcheng

    Platform shoes. Never understood them

  • kemilia

    Platform shoes, I called them (and still do) Frankenstein shoes. Glad that they seem to be fading away a bit.

  • FashionableLena

    Saint Laurent. I see them everywhere online and on celebrities. I just did not think that bag would take off because, at least for me, it was dull, unexciting, and boring.

    • Casey

      Agreed. When I first saw the Sac de Jour I immediately thought of it as a Birkin knockoff but the more I look at it, the more I like it. I don’t even like the Birkin to be honest, and I feel like the Sac de Jour is more practical and I love the accordion detail on the sides.

  • Lori

    I thought the Chanel boy bag was a miss! Wow, was I ever wrong about that one. Even to the point where I would carry one around.

  • Steffi

    I was not a big fan of the Balenciaga city at first and now I have two…

  • Mimi

    Well, I am still not convinced that the studded Valentino bags are going to become classics. I believe they will have their couple of years of fame and then they will look dated. Another bag I never liked was the Chlóe Paddington and omg, the Fendi Spy bag – yes they were hugely popular for a while but look at them now.

  • Fashdash

    I was on the fence about Goyard St Louis Tote. Well it has now grown on me, and just recently I purchased the burgundy color…I’m sooo in love with it! Another one on my list is the Givenchy Pandora, at first I really didn’t get it but now I must have it!!

  • Lulu

    The Rockstud. I couldn’t stand it for so long. Even as Saks was closing in my city and I could get Rockstud shoes and bags at a steal of a deal, I refused. REFUSED!!! And frankly, not that crazy about the bags until the 1973 rainbow came out and that I am loving!!! This new iteration really caught me and I now have the mid heel and caged flats in the 1973 chevron rainbow and just ordered the clutch in the same pattern. It is happy, it is fun, it is perfect for summer. Boy, I think back to this gorgeous little vavavoom that Saks had that I chose not to buy for almost nothing…..