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Shoulder bags from the 90s are revisiting the fashion industry

We’re pretty sure you’ve seen this trend before — not on the runway but in your mom’s closet circa the 90s.

Another fashion trend from the past is once again upon us in this present time. This time, it’s the return of the shoulder bags, slung on the arms of style mavens on the streets and in social media. We remember the good old days of stealing our mother’s version of these bags and pretending to be stylish adults — can you relate?

The Fendi Baguette bag and Dior Saddle bag are just some of the examples that withstood the test of time. These are popular designs among celebrities, socialites, designers and more. The Prada Nylon bag is also another design that came back to ‘life’ since its introduction in 2005. Candy-coloured versions of the timeless bag were released and even Kylie Jenner bought them for her daughter, Stormi. This may be the year for shoulder bags, so move over crossbodies.

Itching to get one right now and then? We have a couple for you to consider.

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Doesn’t this bag just remind you of Jennifer Aniston’s character in Friends, ‘Rachel’? This bag pays homage to her love for baguette bags in the show, completed with the her name. It is made out of black croc-effect leather and features a thin shoulder strap.

Approx. RM1,350

The ones you often see on social media are usually in shades of brown and neutrals, and black. This bold emerald green stands out without losing its 90s appeal. The structured design features a glossy croc-effect leather and a wide top handle that fits snugly on your shoulder.

Approx. RM1,157

It’s called the Tulip bag, for obvious reasons. Its shape is curved and resembles the tulip flower. But if you worry about its shape not allowing much space for your personal items, don’t. The bag is big enough to fit your wallet, keys, a compact, and even a back pocket to store your phone.

Approx. RM1,693

An icon of the Bottega Veneta runway is this chain shoulder bag. While it may not exactly be a 90s design, this is an updated version of last season’s Pouch bag. It’s a modern approach to the rectangular-flapped bag, which is something you might fancy more.

Approx. RM15,515

5 /5

Monki's Hayden Bag

Looking for a more affordable option? Monki expands its vegan line with bags that remind you of the 90s. This Hayden Bag comes in four shades, including one that is bold and bright for someone that is equally fun.


Jolin Lee


Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.

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