How Do You Actually Use a See-Through Designer Bag?

A guide to the ubiquitous clear carryalls that are ideal for a springtime flex.
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With head-to-toe monochrome looks, leopard print and signature all-over logomania being the trends set to run the fall, it seems that now is a great time to cut out all of the subtleties and just show off. As the warmer weather of spring and festival season arrive, there's a new way to flex with your accessories: the designer transparent bag.

While not particularly recommended for heavy lifting — much like the micro-bag, the fanny pack or the woven straw purse — the transparent bag isn't a trend on account of its utility. But contrary to what your first impression might lead you to believe, it is, in fact, the ultimate flex because everything you carry inside also gives you an opportunity to add to your entire look. It's like layering for your accessories: clear bag, micro clutch, a great lipstick, face mist and, of course, sunglasses in the mini-pocket inside when they aren't on your head. Depending on the bag, you can carry your laptop or tablet, as well, but you want to be conscious not to carry too much in it as they're typically made of vinyl, and you don't want the carefully chosen contents of your handbag falling all over the ground.

Nonetheless, they're super-fun and go with all of the fantastic plastic rain gear we're already seeing. Read on for tips on how, exactly, you can style yours for the season ahead.

Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Imaxtree

The Bags

The base of this accessory's layering opportunity, the bag itself, is available in a few different iterations now. Keep in mind that transparent colors can be a fun option, too. 

The Bag Inside the Bag

This is probably the ultimate opportunity to flex: While Fendi and Dior's all-over prints are everywhere, a Burberry pouch is a more classic option. Whatever you choose, this should be the bold part — it's always been what's on the inside that counts.

Everything Else Inside the Bag

Whether it's your sunnies slid into the smaller inner pocket or a few facial essentials, this is where cute intersects with useful.

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