The Retro Bag Trend Fashion Girls Are Obsessed With


Every so often, a delightfully quirky trend comes along that we can’t help but adore. Right now, beaded bags are the fashion-crowd favorite. This fun-loving look á la the ’60s and ’70s brings a decidedly jovial touch to any outfit, whether you go for a cheerful hue, punchy pattern or give see-through a try. Whimsical embellishments take it a step further—a signature of designers like Susan Alexandra and Shrimps, who have led the way with darling flower and fruit motifs. Coming in the form of buckets, crossbodies, satchels and totes, you can don the trend with a flouncy dress for date night, as a spirited touch to wedding-guest attire or with cut-off shorts while on the go throughout the weekend. There’s no denying a beaded bag’s mood-elevating abilities, too. Just looking at one brings a smile to our faces—imagine the compliments!

If you’re of the mind to add a perky purse to your rotation, let one of the nine styles ahead serve as your next pick-me-up.


Beaded Bag Lady

Mini Tote Bag With Studs



This hot pink mini also comes in basic black.

Topshop Beaded Crossbody Bag



Throw this on with a T-shirt and well-worn denim.

Beaded See-Through Bag



Crystal-clear beads read polished in the form of a lady-like purse.

Edison Beaded Bucket Bag



Who knew tropical fruit could appear so chic?

Beaded Macrame Small Tote



This carry-all style comes with '70s vibes.

Clem Purse


Susan Alexandra

It doesn't get sweeter than a lilac bag with teeny clementines.

Venezia Faux-Pearl Embellished Bag



This hand-held tote is elegantly retro.

Tulipa Bag in Light Wood


Not Impressed

Small wooden beads are perfect for the beach and beyond.

Flower Beaded Bag


Mozh Mozh

Hand-beaded in Peru, this floral tote is divine.