I may not have been around for the Swinging ‘60s (I’m not that old!), but there’s a lot to love about the generation – Twiggy, white go-go boots, Balenciaga, the Beatles, Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour, and of course, bags! This was the decade when women finally broke out of the tweed jacket/chain bag combo and embraced their personal style. See which iconic pieces they did it with…
Gucci Jackie Bag
Jackie O. was one of the most beloved style icons of the ‘60s (and of any time, really!). The Gucci bag (at Gucci for $2,000) that now bears her name was actually created in the ‘50s, but it was in the decade that followed that she brought it to the forefront. Steal the look with MICHAEL Michael Kors’ zip fastening shoulder bag (on Farfetch for $459.92).
Courrèges Mod Bag
André Courrèges helped propel the Mod trend to full-on mania with his 1964 “Space Age” collection – think bright colors, geometric shapes, and PVC mini skirts (he and Mary Quant both claim to have invented the mini!). This orange tote (on Farfetch for $790.17) is an update on one of his best-selling bags from the time. For a modern take on the style, check out Furla’s rubber satchel (at Furla for $248).
Psychedelic Pucci Bag
You didn’t need to take LSD in the ‘60s to have a psychedelic experience – you just needed to buy a Pucci (on Etsy for $550)! Rainbow velvet bags are hard to come by these days, so for a Frugal find, try Moyna’s colorful sequined clutch (on Shopbop for $195).
Paco Rabanne Chainmail Bag
Chainmail may not be the most sensible thing to design a bag out of, but the success of Paco Rabanne’s Le 69 (on Farfetch for $1,924.01) – named for the year it was released – was undeniable. If it’s a little too hefty for you (in price and weight), Laura B has a Disco bag alternative (on Farfetch for $491.02) with some added python for good measure.
Mary Quant Flower Bag
This was the flower power generation – blossoms flourished all throughout fashion. The daisy was Mary Quant’s logo, but Betsey Johnson (herself a member of Andy Warhol’s Factory scene) is also no stranger to florals. Satisfy your inner flower child with her Having a Field Daisy bag (on ModCloth for $128).