If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right

Lindsey Lanquist
If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right
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It is the year 2019, and the line between jewelry and other accessories has become incredibly blurry. Embellishments once reserved exclusively for jewelry—namely, beads—have now permeated other sartorial realms—namely, bags. The gateway drug to the now-pervasive beaded bag trend was likely the beaded dress—a statement-making must-have worth whipping out at parties when one wants to come across AEAP (As Extra As Possible). Once the barrier between jewelry and dresses was broken down, it was only a matter of time before the barriers between jewelry and other fashion items were expunged, as well.

These days, we’re living in a full-blown beaded bag renaissance. The trend first made its way into the zeitgeist during summer 2018, but people so loved the idea of bejeweled totes, clutches and crossbodies that they resurrected the movement for summer 2019, too. It’s become obvious to, well, everyone that there’s no wrong way to get your bead on. Hang beads from your ears. Drape them around your neck. Encircle your wrists in them. And adorn your go-to handbags with them, too. Because when camp is the movement (and by all definitions, in 2019, it is), no touch is too grand, too maximalist.

Coco Chanel’s once-widely revered advice “When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you’ve put one” has been cast aside in favor of arts-and-crafty flair. No outfit is complete unless it is sparkling, dazzling, intimidating. No bag is complete unless it’s covered in beads.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

A beaded bag that fully understands your immense need for a vacation.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Aughts-inspired, without feeling ill-fit for 2019.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

So precious we’re tempted to snap it up in every single color.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

A fresh take on florals.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Because sometimes the beads aren’t layered on—they’re woven in.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

A nod to last summer’s clear accessory obsession.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

We told you we wanted it in every single color.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Camp, layered over camp.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

How many teeny-tiny bucket bags is too many teeny-tiny bucket bags? (Clearly not asking for a friend.)

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

The more beads, the merrier.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

For the beaded bag fan who doesn’t want to stray too far from the norm.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Fruit accessories are having a moment, after all.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

A clutch so cute you won’t mind how absolutely massive it is.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Because of course there are situations in which you’d want someone to know what, exactly, you were toting around.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Patchwork, done the beaded bag way.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

A humble crossbody—but one sure to jingle about every time you take a step.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Metallic pink pearls and translucent pink crystals? Yes. Please.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

’60s vibe, rendered in a very 2019 format.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Because of course there are beaded belt bags on offer.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Fodder for your next Instagram.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Striped bags are already underrated. But beaded striped bags? Another class of rare, entirely.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

A near-constant reminder to eat your fruit.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

A pearl iteration, for the fan of classically chic style.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

For mega-fans of the manicure hand emoji.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Beaded bags in their classiest iteration.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Plaid, done the bejeweled way.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Just translucent enough.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Eye-catching enough to elevate any ensemble.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

The accessory equivalent of a lemon drop.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

For the fan of organic materials.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Opaque or translucent? You choose.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

A tote sure to play well with your favorite tortoiseshell watch. And your favorite tortoiseshell glasses. And every other tortoiseshell accessory in your repertoire, too.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Your middle school self would’ve loved this bag. Your full-adult self will love it more.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Because heart-shaped accessories are cuter when it isn’t February.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

A three-dimensional fruit decal? Here for it.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Pair it with flair jeans for campy-mod style.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Because two kinds of beads are better than one.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Orange is an endlessly underrated summer shade. And oranges are an endlessly underrated summer detail. This bag hopes to rectify both those injustices in one fell swoop.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

The most delightful crossbody we’ve laid eyes on in a long, long time.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

A bag designed with your phone in mind.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

The fact that it’s “mini” makes this beaded bag all the cuter.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Opaque enough to feel all natural.

STYLECASTER | If Buying Every Beaded Bag in Sight Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right

Susan Alexandra is on the beaded bag beat, and we’re eternally grateful.

 

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