"On film and in real life, we see fashionistas of the highest order in classically stylish outfi"
When it comes to our favourite films, we love them for all sorts of reasons. Maybe it’s nostalgic and has you reminiscing about your childhood. Perhaps it’s one of the few things that can cheer you up after a bad day. Or maybe it’s the wardrobes on show.
We know that style isn’t the only thing that makes a movie, but it certainly makes it more interesting. Who hasn’t dreamt of dressing up like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s or recreating Carey Mulligan’s stunning flapper dresses in The Great Gatsby?
There are, however, some unsung heroes when it comes to film fashion: bags. From Mean Girls to Legally Blonde, we cover the most iconic bags in film history.
Ah, Elle Woods. A true fashion trailblazer. From her Barbie-pink ensembles to her neutral court wardrobe, she had style in buckets. Her unashamedly girly wardrobe has already gone down in history, as the film proves you can be feminine and smart at the same time. We particularly love her Bottega Veneta intrecciato bag.
The duffle carry-on bag features the intrecciato style of woven leather that’s now synonymous with the Italian designer. Elle Woods isn’t shy about pairing this cherry-coloured bag with her hot-pink outfit, giving us a stunningly bold look we’re dying to recreate. Let’s not forget how much of a trendsetter Elle Woods is – Reese Witherspoon credits her character for starting the trend of carrying little dogs in handbags, another iconic look!
Elle Woods walked so Regina George could run. Another film that’s drenched in girly pink tones, the fashion in Mean Girls is reflective of its time. We love The Plastics’ array of pink jumpers, pleated skirts, and cardigans, but the real style standout comes in Cady’s Louis Vuitton purse.
In the early 2000s, Japanese contemporary artist Takaski Murakami teamed up with Louis Vuitton to create the now-iconic print with technicoloured Louis Vuitton emblems on a white background. It quickly became the “it” bag of the time, with countless celebrities sporting it in a range of styles and sizes. Cady opted for a small pochette bag, pairing it beautifully with a candy-coloured outfit on a trip to the mall. This was a subtle sign that she’d truly made it as an “it” girl at school.
A bag that gets a little less attention is another from the Louis Vuitton X Takashi Murakami collection, this time belonging to dethroned queen bee Regina George. She instead opts for the more delicate cherry blossom pochette from the collection. The soft pink perfectly pairs with her baby pink cardigan in one scene, and it stands out stunningly against her more pared-back black top in the scene after she unleashes the Burn Book.
The Hermès Birkin bag featured in Blue Jasmine proves that a handbag doesn’t have to be bold and bright to be iconic. The arm candy was so prestigious, it actually cost more than the film’s whole costume budget and had to be borrowed from the personal collection of the fashion brand’s PR employee. As film star Cate Blanchett said, "The waiting list for those bags is decades. You're in wheelchairs before they arrive."
The camel-coloured boxy bag is paired beautifully with a neutral wardrobe in the film, exemplifying socialite Jasmine’s high status. It offers a rare window into high society – we can only dream of owning a bag so luxurious!
Who amongst us hasn’t stuffed our handbags so full, we’ve jokingly called it our Mary Poppins bag? The carpet bag sits firmly in our hall of fame not only for its unique style but because it’s totally relatable. Sure, we might not have a magic bag, but we could do with one!
The carpet tapestry material of the bag is perfectly vintage, fitting the Victorian era of the film along with Poppins’ floaty coat. The bold floral print certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it stands out against Mary Poppins’ neutral ensemble – as we know, there’s no better way to jazz up a plain outfit than with a printed weekend bag!
The Devil Wears Prada
It would be remiss of us to not mention this movie – it even has the bag brand in the title! You’d expect a film set in a fashion magazine to be nothing but stylish, and Miranda Priestly certainly doesn’t disappoint. She totes a Prada bag in her very first scene, the beige handbag standing out against her black fur coat in a chic yet understated way.
The Spazzolato Frame Bag embodies Miranda Priestly’s style perfectly. On film and in real life, we see fashionistas of the highest order in classically stylish outfits with neutral colours and clean lines. It’s rare to see figures like Anna Wintour in a head-to-toe bright ensemble or in an out-there silhouette! But thanks to her designer handbags and experimentation with textures, Priestly is chic, not boring.
We love a good movie, especially one that we can take style inspiration from. These films are iconic not just for the gorgeous clothes on show but also the standout handbags. From the apt Prada handbag toted by Miranda Priestly to Elle Woods’ unmissable Bottega Veneta bag, we love the arm candy on show in these films!