Wednesday, June 26, 2013

See Right Through It

Transparent Bags

In reality, if you had to carry around a see-through plastic bag with all the contents of your handbag, people may assume your actual bag has suffered some sort of drink spill somewhere or, that you're homeless. However, put a designer name onto that plastic bag and voila, you're an instant trendsetter! Transparent bags have become quite the style statement over the past year. Let's delve further into this translucent trend.

On The Runway
It all began where most trends do - on the runways of top notch designers during fashion week. For Spring/Summer 2013, Valentino and Jenny Packham presented clear coloured bags decked with studs and jewels. Stella McCartney sent down jewel toned box bags while Chanel ensured their version displayed their world famous insignia. Fendi introduced transparent panels to their tri-coloured totes. Simone Rocha, Marc Jacobs and Burberry saturated their see-through bags with vivid colour for a fun, youthful effect. As good as this trend looks on the catwalk, I have to assume it's because all the bags are completely empty.

See-Through Street Style Inspiration

The trend then spread like wildfire across the world's fashion capitals and beyond, seen on the arms of socialites, models, fashion week groupies, bloggers, editors and stylists. Each of them allowing photographers and the general public a glimpse into their clear clutches. A pair of sunglasses, an iPhone, all important press passes and some form of Chanel makeup is always seen peeking through these plastic purses. I assume that one has to carefully and fashion-consciously edit the content of their bags when opting for transparency. 

This is how the see-through trend has been worn in true street style...

 *All street style images found via Tumblr,, Harpers, Fashion and



Celebrity Translucent Trendsetters

The see-through bag trend hasn't caught on to Hollywood as much as it has the rest of world, with just a handful of celebrities seen carrying their plastic hopes and dreams around. I am guessing this is to avert crazy stalkers and maintain their privacy. And also to avoid the inquisitive masses with a cover of their bag's contents on People magazine.

Bella Thorne wears a youthful neon yellow Juicy Couture clutch with chain handle. Sienna Miller carries a peach lined Charlotte Olympia perspex purse. Solange Knowles vivifies her look with a tangerine CC Skye lucite box bag.

Elisabeth Moss holds on to a Charlotte Olympia 'Pandora' perspex clutch. British model Abbey Clancy carries a see-through monogrammed Louis Vuitton bag. Olivia Palermo represents the high street with an orange tinted Zara minaudiere.

Get With The Trend

Try on the transparency trend with these pellucid online picks. A bright hued clutch will add a vibrant dash of colour to your outfit, whilst slightly shading in your bag's constituents. If you're the fashion-forward type, go all out and wear a clear clutch, where you will be guaranteed to make a few curious heads turn as you walk by, all eager to see what's inside your trendy tote.

Do you Adore or Abhor the Transparent Bag Trend?
Would you be comfortable letting the rest of world see what you carry in your bag?


ZxM Style-Squared said...

Oh myyyyy, a true bag/purse heaven!!!!:)))

Lilli said...

Hi Sam! Hope your day is going fine!:) Transparent bags are so on trend at the moment, I see them everywhere and have to confess that I also fell in love with them. Actually, at the first not since I dont like the fact the stuff inside is visible but I've seen many models that got a pouch in it so everything is hidden, just like the Marc by Marc Jacobs one that is my fav!:) Kisses dear! xo

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I love the look of this trend when I see on others but I think I'm too practical and paranoid to walk around with a transparent handbag especially living in NYC. I'd just feel too self conscious about the contents of my bag being all exposed. I love your fun picks though!

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Carmen said...

I love, love, love transparent bag! You chose some really gorgeous models, thanks for this post :D

Stella said...

I would like a see through clutch with colour.
But I think it's a trend that won't last much.
Stella from a A Shiny Place

blackberryfashion said...

it's such a great trend :)

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My Urban Market said...

Hi Sam. I'm in love with these pretty bags and I really like this trend. The pictures you have selected are so beautiful. Sienna Miller looks wonderful. Kisses.


Jocelyn Leow said...

the envelope bag looks cute! I felt that the transparent bags is a little troublesome to bring out because w.o a normal bag within to hold your stuffs, it will give a rather messy look. anyway, that's my personal thoughts though.

Fictitious Fashion said...

YES YES YES! This trend is so much IN.. but I somehow don't like it.. mainly cos I won't be able to keep a Lot of things + I'd have to be super careful of thieves :P
Just kidding.. No i'm not :| I'd have to carry it to a high-profile party.

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(Anna) la mode said...

I've been seeing this trend a lot lately and I'm still not totally sure how I feel about it. I always have so much random stuff in my bag, I would be embarrassed for people to see it : ) But I really like your picks. I think it's starting to grow on me!


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Busisiwe Mgoboli said...

I'm happy to carry the see through bag as long as its not really see through...People cannot be seeing the mess that I carry around.

Denise said...

I love these bags! I have some see-through bags, they were always very popular down here, because of beach culture, so I wear them for a long time. But now designers have discovered the "secret"! And I love the way they did it! One thing is important though: wallets in a transparent bag can be dangerous to carry, depending where one lives!

Daniella said...

Wonderful post Sam. The see through bag has definitely become such a cool, must-have trend and even though I do not own one yet, I still think they're a great accessory! Loving your inspiration my dear, I think the Louis Vuitton one is so sweet :)

Take care,
Daniella xox

....... said...

love this trend! I like the colored ones a bit better though. thanks for inspiring me! xx. gigi.

Bailey Schneider said...

Eeek and then everyone knows exactly what you have inside too! It's one way to keep the contents neat and tidy!
Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

Afina blog said...

yees love this trend!!!

Adrielle said...

This is a great post and you've chosen some great inspirational photos!

Kashaya said...

I think this bags are lovely but I always carry around a lot of junk in my bags so I don't think it would look so good with a bag like this...

Nicky mywishstyle said...

Nice selection high and low cost! Perfect!
Good evening,


Paola Lauretano said...

I love this trend...... great selection Sam!!!!!
Kisses babe!

Ileana said...

I love see through bags! The valentino one and the fendi one are my fave ones ^^

Vanessa❤ said...

A nice trend, but not for me! I don't like it when anyone can see the things that i have in my bag :D

Linda Becaca said...

I wouldn't mind a clear clutch for the occasional night out :)

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Ceciliette said...

I like the ones that are partially see trough. I dont feel comfortable with the fact that everyone could see what i'm carying in my bag. Paranoid alert!

Mindy Fan said...

ohhh this seems like a nice trend!! I would try it!!

When I first read your title, I thought that it would be about see through clothes hehe

Raúl Trujillo said...

They are very nice, i especially like the ones with neon colors, and is very original.

But to what extent it is good idea to teach the contents of the bag haha.

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Kacie Ellis said...

I'd need to clean out my bag before I sport this trend! lol! Love it though!

Zahra Sandberg said...

I actually love the trend but could only get away with the clutch style seeing as how my bag has wayyy too much junk in it - I am a mom after all! Great to see the various designer and celebrity choices of this trend- I had no idea it was so prevalent on the runways!


Olga Choi said...

I definitely need at least 2 of them ))

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Alexa said...

Im not entirely sure how I feel about see through bags. I think they're cute but at the same time Im like meh. Haha I dont know if I want everyone seeing what's in my bag. Theyre definitely a fashion statement though.

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Toks said...

They've become so trendy but I'm not sure that I'm convinced enough to buy one. But then again, never say never..... hahaha

Kat said...

I've loved seeing this trend in street style photos!! idk if id ever get one myself but its always fun to see into fashionable girls bags! :D

Megan, said...

ive been so into lucite! Xo, Megan,

Christy C said...

I think see-through bags are really cool!! I would be really embarrassed to carry it around because what's inside my bag is TOTALLY messy. Tissue paper and scraps of receipts everywhere!!


Elle Sees said...

i like the trend but not for me! i like the neons the best

Rahul Bhatia said...

Wow! this was just lovely, Sam! One has to be careful about what one carries in these bags:)

Sakuranko said...

I love it the neutrals I don´t like it the neon.
Many bags!

Francesca said...

This trend is very cute, but I don't know if I will be sporting it. Perhaps if I find one I reslly like! I love Sienna Miller's bag and the neutral one from tarte. Those are beautiful! :)


Pip said...

Hi Sam!!! I have to say, I think this is one trend that is so funny! I used to work at a department store that required us to use see-through bags so they could make sure we weren't stealing items on our way out the door and we were checked by security every night. So, this trend just reminds me too much of the old job I had, and I just can't do it! Thanks so much for your comment today and stop by soon! I just added Youtube videos to my blog, and would love your opinion and I'm sure you will laugh as I say um... a million times because I was so nervous! xx Pip

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Joyce said...

I love this trend! It's so cool and it would totally work for the beach. (I mean, I love suede but suede+water+sand is not good) I think my favorite one is the clear Cambridge satchel with hot pink accents. SO CUTE.

bbb said...

i loveee the see through bag soooo much! I bought like.. 2 already. Never seem to be enough :p

Elly @ Caribbean Living said...

Ooooh fantastic round up Sam! I'd never really come across these before but have to say I am a fan! My vote goes to the neutrals - those Nasty Gal and New Look ones are just gorgeous. Would be a bit of a disaster with me though, never keep the contents of my bag tidy enough, would show all the crap I carry around with me!!

Ivana said...

I have to say that I still don`t now if I like this trend or not :-) I think it goes well with the evenong outfits and small bags when you carry only a phone, a card and a lip gloss but when it comes to big bags....well, I wouldn `t fell good knowing that everyone could see what I `m carring around :-)
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Lilli said...

Hi Sam! Thanks a lot for dropping in, if will be great if you come over here and make shopping together so!:))) Wishing you a fab Thursday my dear, kisses! xo

Danny said...

love love love, these bags are so amazing!

monica said...

I like them but I dont like showing what I have inside my bag.

Nicole said...

Haha Sam I laughed at your opening paragraph. It's SO true though! I wasn't sure if I'd actually purchase one, but I do like some of the ones you posted here. Like the little New Look one. But I think Charlotte Olympia has managed to pull it off with regards to the design.
I remember when I was little (like 9 or 10), I had a transparent bag. I used to have fun choosing what to put in - little lipsticks, pocket mirrors, colour!
Have an amazing day!


omg i love love love transparent bags! i soooo want one!
hahaha great post, trendy and funny!


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Antonella Leone said...

love them <3

Chai Chen said...

These clear bags are really in trend Sam! Love them! :) Though safety wise I wouldn't bet much as people can see everything inside. LOL. BUt it's really cool :)

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Fashion-Bridge said...

Dear Sam, an amazing review as always;) I'm not a big fan of see through clothes but when it comes to accessories I pretty much love it;) Especially bags!



Dascha Boonstra said...

Love it :D


Mihaela Pojogu said...

Are cute but not my type :)
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Kati said...

They're cute but I wouldn't want anyone to see what I'm carrying in my handbag!

Have a fantastic day,

Anonymous said...

I love the neutrals! But.. I'm uncomfortable in carrying a see through bag or purse! Hihi. ^^

Tijana Momcilovic said...

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Jessica Mattioli said...

Amazing seletion Sam, I love transparent bags!! My fav is 1 and 3 :)
Have a lovely day!

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Sandra Leiva said...

Love them all!!!


The Garage Starlets said...

Amazing bags!

Shayne ♥ said...

ou the LV bag <3 but i wouldn't use it tho i'd be conscious that my things are exposed :D

ELISA said...

I have one! :)
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Mira said...

I love this trend. I always loved see through bags. The Valentino and Chanel bag are my favorites. Too bad they are tooooo pricey but a girl can dream :D


Adeola Naomi Aderemi said...

I lovee love this trend so much!!!
Great article darling!!!!

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Natalia A said...

I think I only like it on a catwalk or whenever it's a Charlotte Olympia clutch as those always come with a pretty inner pouch. :)
As for having one - I did, actually, had a bag like this about a decade ago - it was semi-transparent and a mix of plastic and silky light blue fabric. It was perfect for summer and holidays.

Always Maylee said...

This is one trend that I have not gotten into, I just have way too much stuff in my bag to have everyone see it, haha! It looks awesome on the runway and on celebrities though!

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Johanna said...

Ok so I totally think this trend is artful and cute on some but I just don't think I am gonna follow this one. Plus the inside of my purse is hideous!

BELULOVE said...

i like the big ones!!!! kisses

petra lorietta said...

Lovely post!:) my favourite is the red neon bag by Marc Jacobs♥ I'm following you back on bloglovin (#439, Petra Lorencova) ;) kisses,

Jayme and Mendi said...

I definitely do not like this trend. It reminds me when I used to work in department stores and they gave you clear bags to bring on the floor. It was their way of making sure no one stole anything. :-)

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Peet said...

I'm a definite fan.:) I think it looks really cool and carefree, but like you said, on the runway they look great because they're empty - it's no fun going out with one on a Friday night when you want to take a spare tampon with you.:D

Rachel Lynne said...

What a great post! I am definitely loving that one from NastyGal!

Ana Aleksic said...

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Tanya W. said...

I cant believe my eyes, You just read my minded. I've been obsessed of a see through bag for while. I just place my ordered right before I comes here. I like how the sense of our fashion to fashion click to one another of our blogging world! thanks for keep me staying in touch dearest Sam. I really appreciated!
wish you a great week so far! ( new look on mine:))


Peet said...

I almost forgot to answer your question. I checked the label on those pants and it says "mixed fibers".:D The front part is polyester trying to be satin, I think.:)

Martha from Malta said...

Hiya Sam! Hope you're well darling :) To be honest, I am not so sure about wearing a transparent bag for a glamourous look, but I do have a neon pink beachy one :) xxx

LoveT. said...

Looks cute :) ,but i don´t need one :))

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Denisa said...

I love bags like like that.

Maddie said...

So far I have been loving this trend! & I need one too!

Karolina said...

Great post, love this trend!

xx Karolina

mademoiselle mode said...

OMG !!!!

I want all ^^
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Caro * said...

Lovely selection of clutch ;)

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Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I don't know if I'd want all my things on display!

Carmen said...

Hey again :)
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Jacy said...

This trend is so fun and chic! I don't know if I would actually wear it because I keep so much stuff in my purses, but I love seeing it!


beAllTheRage said...

small transparent bags are so cute:)

Ashley of Southern (California) Belle said...

These bags are so cute in theory. If only I didn't keep a messy bag I'd have one too :)



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Kim Alston said...

I love see through bags with a little hint of color for discretion. I think they're great! Fabulous post!

Patricia G. said...

I love these bags!! I have one from Zara in orange!

Rosie von Waldherr said...

I've seen these around in magazines and such but I just cannot seem to like them... =X I get the concept..I find them somewhat cute..but I wouldn't wear them anywhere else than the beach..

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Beauty Follower said...

Love that pop trend.
And from your sellection
i like the blue Furla & the yellow neon Forever 21 bag!

mochaccinoland said...

i actually having quite a bit of fun with my clear perspex clutch. i must admit it isn't practical at all but it's rather quirky to a certain extend. i don't actually put anything in my perspex clutch except sunglasses. i dump all my stuff in my hub's bag whenever i use my perspex clutch. lol.


Anonymous said...

I have always wanted a transparent bag but I have yet to find THE perfect one for me.

Margaret Cruzemark said...

Huge trend this is. I would totally love to hold a neon one.
Miss Margaret Cruzemark