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Carrie Bradshaw-Inspired Baguette Bags Are Trending. Here Are 14 to Shop for Fall

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carrie bradshaw inspired baguette bags: collage of four handbags against a new york cityscape
Design by Paula Boudes

And just like that…we’re back onto the Carrie Bradshaw-inspired baguette bag trend. Pinterest searches for baguette bags have skyrocketed by 170 percent since making a comeback in the reboot series, And Just Like That…, according to a data analysis completed by Boohoo. And while the price tag on a Bradshaw baguette may be out of the budget for the month, we scoured some of our favorite retailers to find 14 Carrie Bradshaw-inspired baguette bags that’ll let you live out your Sex and the City dreams, from a classy black Amazon baguette that’ll complete your capsule wardrobe ($25) to an AQUA purple sequin baguette ($98) that looks strikingly similar to the one Carrie wore.

carrie bradshaw inspired baguette bags: collage of Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City
Design by Paula Boudes / Gotham / Getty Images / Max

In the peak Sex and the City days, even when our biggest concern was getting to the bottom of Big’s other woman and marveling over Miranda’s unforeseen jealousy with Skipper, we couldn’t get our minds off of Carrie’s iconic Fendi baguette bag. Debuting in 1997, the style quickly skyrocketed to stardom, becoming famous for its compact, slouchy structure that’s purposefully designed to mimic a baguette loaf under your arm.

As with life, the It Girl (aka, Carrie) needed the It Bag. From there, the Bradshaw x baguette love affair commenced, sealing forever in our minds the symbolic idea that this bag is not just a bag, “It’s a baguette,” per Bradshaw, mid-mugging. Whether she was roaming Perry Street or in the throes of a second Cosmo trying to dodge a past lover, the baguette bag quickly personified everything she was: sexy, flirty, fun and sought-after. If we’ve learned anything from SJP’s most famous character, it’s that a good bag—and heel—can make any outfit. Here are some Carrie Bradshaw-inspired baguette bags to satisfy your itch.

The Best Carrie Bradshaw-Inspired Baguette Bags at a Glance

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Best Fringe Baguette Bag

Zara Fabric Shoulder Bag

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Best Beaded Baguette Bag

Anthropologie The Fiona Beaded Bag

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Best Chain Link Baguette Bag

Mango Textured Chain Bag

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Best Hand-Braided Baguette Bag

Coach Tabby Shoulder Bag 26 With Braid

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Best Timeless Baguette Bag

Sanxiner Classic Shoulder Bag

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Best Fringe Baguette Bag

1. Zara Fabric Shoulder Bag

Zara

  • What We Like: fringe trim, soft cotton, magnetic closure
  • What We Don’t Like: hard to style come winter
  • Material: cotton, polyester

Though nothing compares to the original, we’re loving this Zara shoulder bag that pays homage to the baguette’s rectangular silhouette. What’s more, like most baguette bags, this one has the flap over opening with a magnetic closure that both protects your belongings and makes it easy to access if you need to touch up your lip gloss mid-date. Additionally, the bag is made with an interesting fabric choice, incorporating a beige (or pink) denim-like cotton fabric with fringe trimmings throughout. All that to say, this ain’t your average handbag, people.

Best Beaded Baguette Bag

2. Anthropologie The Fiona Beaded Bag

Anthropologie

  • What We Like: beaded, fun print, spacious
  • What We Don’t Like: beads may come out with wear
  • Material: polyester, glass beads, cotton

ICYDK, a beaded Fendi baguette can cost anywhere from four to six grand (ouch), but this beauty costs less than $100 and still manages to look this chic. Made with polyester, cotton lining and covered in glass bead embellishments, the Fiona features a brown motif adorned with floral elements that are sure to catch anyone’s eye. It has one inner slip pocket that can store a few cards, keys or some concealer, but the bag as a whole is also large enough to hold more essentials like your phone, tampons or a back-up charger. Throw on an LBD or pair it with jeans and a black tank top to elevate your look.

Best Chain Link Baguette Bag

3. Mango Textured Chain Bag

Mango

  • What We Like: double chain handle, textured fabric, large, middle zipper divider
  • What We Don’t Like: will show stains easily
  • Material: cotton, polyester

We’re suckers for a white, textured bag, especially one that pays tribute to Fendi and, dare we say, Chanel. Sophisticated to the core, this Mango chain bag oozes quiet luxury. It’s made of a cotton fabric in a crisp white that pops against gold hardware embellishments. Plus, it even has that gold buckle that’s reminiscent of the Fendi logo. We especially love how this bag incorporates the Chanel-like chain detailing along the shoulders. And it’s quite large—sitting around ten inches wide and six-and-a-half inches tall with a zipper divide splitting the inside compartment down the middle—so it can hold everything you need and more, including your daughter’s Barbie doll if you dare.

Best Hand-Braided Baguette Bag

4. Coach Tabby Shoulder Bag 26 With Braid

Coach

  • What We Like: hand-braided trim, mixed leathers, two detachable straps, multiple pockets
  • What We Don’t Like: pricey
  • Material: polished, refined calf and smooth leather

This Coach braided purse may be a modern take on the brand’s archival design from the ‘70s, but we can’t help but see baguette inspo peeking through, from its shape to the compact feel of the shoulder bag. And at the same time, it’s entirely unique to Coach and the brand’s expert craftmanship, too. This update on Coach’s signature Tabby shoulder bag incorporates a stiff structure, snap closure, mixtures of leathers (polished pebble, refined and smooth), hand-braided trim and two detachable straps that allow you to style it as a shoulder, drop-shoulder or crossbody bag. You’ll even find it has pockets galore for all your storage need. And the inside is lined with a luxurious fabric because, of course, Coach never skimps on including posh details.

Best Timeless Baguette Bag

5. Sanxiner Classic Shoulder Bag

Amazon

  • What We Like: affordable, great quality, spacious
  • What We Don’t Like: gold hardware can feel cheap
  • Material: faux leather

If you want something stylish for your capsule wardrobe without having to break the bank, this Sanxiner Classic Shoulder bag from Amazon is for you. “The quality? Beautiful,” says one Amazon reviewer. “I've worked with leather goods, and this is lovely. [$25] is actually too cheap for the quality. It's chic and minimalistic, [has] one big compartment [and] one interior zip pocket. This purse is ideal for a quick [run] out for coffee, errands or date night when you want something not too over the top but still quiet luxury. It holds my wallet, phone, keys, sunglasses and lipstick…my only tick about this is that the gold is a little too yellow.” At $25, we’re willing to overlook that minor detail, especially when that premium faux leather and zipper closure make up for it.

Best Silver Baguette Bag

6. Núnoo Bags Apollo Florence

Núnoo

  • What We Like: similar magnetic closure and strap length to the original
  • What We Don’t Like: returns are at the customer’s expense
  • Material: 90 percent leather, 10 percent cotton

ICYDK, this Danish accessories brand, founded by sisters Pia Silfen-Jensen and Naja Silfen in 2015, is popular for its trendy take on nostalgic utilitarian street bags that are adorned in buckles, zippers, compartments and interesting takes on classic fabrications, like this silver Apollo Florence Núnoo Bag with gold finishings. Is it just us, or is it eerily similar to the beloved Fendi baguette? For one, it has that rectangle body but the major difference being the curved edges, mimicking that of a crescent shape at the opening of the handbag. And where the iconic Fendi magnetic flap closure would sit, lays an inch-and-a-half wide buckle magnetic closure to secure your belonging shut. We don’t know about you, but we’re snagging this beauty while the metallics and silvers summer craze is aflame. (And we’re keeping the black option on our radar for when fall comes around.)

Best Macrame Baguette Bag

7. Zara Macrame Shoulder Bag

Zara

  • What We Like: macramé design, envelope closure, fabric lined interior
  • What We Don’t Like: hard to style for winter
  • Material: 100 percent cotton

Whether it’s the handmade-feel of the construction on this Zara bag or the relaxed, soft make, there’s something so dreamy about this knit macramé shoulder bag. Unlike a traditional baguette bag, this purse has an envelope closure with a delicate crochet trim along the edges and handle strap. Instead of having that stiff, durable structure some of the picks above have, this one will feel more true-to-the-baguette as the knit gives it a slouchy, flexible hold. While it doesn’t have an adjustable strap feature, it does boast a magnetic closure and neutral lined interior that’s bound to protect and prolong the life of the knit material.

Best Woven Baguette Bag

8. Brandon Blackwood Nia Bag

Brandon Blackwood

  • What We Like: woven, shoulder and crossbody straps, removable zip pouch, lined
  • What We Don’t Like: delicate woven fabric can catch and pull
  • Material: cowhide, gold hardware, leather lining

Whether you’re a Fendi collector through-and-through or you vehemently scope out vintage resellers like What Goes Around Comes Around, we can bet you’ve seen the Fendi beige straw baguette bag along the way. This Brandon Blackwood Nia bag just might be its doppelganger and the closest thing we’ve seen to a Carrie Bradshaw-inspired baguette bag, if we do say so ourselves. In fact, if she ever made it to the Hamptons with Seema in And Just Like That…, we’d bet this is the style that’d accompany her. Crafted with high-quality cowhide, this bag features a woven design, shoulder and crossbody straps, one zip interior pocket and a removable zip pouch in the interior. It’s also not the only Brandon Blackwood baguette we’re coveting: we’re swooning over the Daphne bag, which is available in luxe brown and a citrus orange that’ll add the sweetest pop of color to any ‘fit no matter the season.

Best Crossbody Baguette Bag

9. & Other Stories Leather Canvas Crossbody Bag

& Other Stories

  • What We Like: contrast lining, removable shoulder strap, adjustable crossbody strap
  • What We Don’t Like: stiff
  • Material: leather, canvas

It may not be a traditional baguette by any means, but Carrie’s no stranger to a crossbody bag like this & Other Stories number. And just like that, we have a date booked with it. This stunning purse is made with a green apple leather lining and recycled beige cotton canvas body that’s too good for words. And it’s completed with lavish gold hardware that provides a nice contrast to the earthy colors. Inside, you’ll find a zipper pocket and ample room for the basics, like your phone, wallet and compact powder. Did we mention that it comes with a removable shoulder strap, too? That’s right, you can also use the shoulder strap and let the longer crossbody strap dangle, or nix it altogether.

Best Leather Baguette Bag

10. Michael Kors Parker Leather Shoulder Bag

Michael Kors

  • What We Like: multiple colorways, interchangeable straps, leather meets highest environmental standards
  • What We Don’t Like: pricey
  • Material: 100 percent leather, polyester lining

Carrie Bradshaw never has a dull outfit, accessories included, and we’re pretty sure the golden color of the Parker shoulder bag by Michael Kors would catch Bradshaw’s eye (let’s not forget the itsy bitsy yellow shorts she sported with Seth, aka Jon Bon Jovi, in tow or the iconic low-rise creamy pants with the brown tube top). The point is, Bradshaw never shies away from anything bold—colors, prints, men. Available in five additional colorways, like chocolate brown and a brick terracotta, this handbag has the flap closure we all know and love, two interchangeable straps (one leather and one chain-link) and is made with 100 percent leather that purportedly meets the highest standards of environmental performance, per the brand. In true Sex and the City fashion, forget the man and bag the bag.

Best Snakeskin Baguette Bag

11. H&M Shoulder Bag

H&M

  • What We Like: editor-approved, faux snakeskin print, metal buckle details, affordable
  • What We Don’t Like: shiny material
  • Material: polyester

Show us a snakeskin-patterned handbag and we’re buying it ASAP, especially when it comes with an affordable price tag. And it’s hard to believe that this shoulder bag from H&M is only $35. “When it comes to purses, I’m very picky—it has to be cool, sophisticated and a piece that’ll last me more than one trend cycle,” says PureWow’s associate fashion editor Stephanie Meraz. “I really like this bag, not only because it has a twist on that classic Fendi brown, but also because it’s got some edge to it, from the silver grommets along the metal decorative buckle and strap to the faux snakeskin print. I’m ready to copy the model’s look and do it justice opposite a white or cream monochromatic ensemble.”

Best Plaid Baguette Bag

12. Anine Bing Nico Bag

Anine Bing

  • What We Like: plaid, autumnal, tubular strap
  • What We Don’t Like: stiff
  • Material: wool, twill

From designer Anine Bing comes the most picturesque autumnal wool handbag (on sale!) in a plaid finish. Our favorite detail has to be the tubular shoulder strap that differentiates itself from all the other purses on the market. Like most of the aforementioned selects, this one features a zipper pocket inside the main compartment and, of course, the flap top requirement we seek out in our Carrie Bradshaw-inspired baguette bags. This is a purse we wouldn’t mind seeing Carrie sling to Aidan’s barn in the next episode, but we’ll be adding to cart regardless.

Best Sequin Baguette Bag

13. AQUA Sequin Shoulder Bag

AQUA

  • What We Like: sequins, colorful, vegan leather
  • What We Don’t Like: the sequins can irritate your skin
  • Material: plastic sequins, vegan leather trim

Would this list of Carrie Bradshaw-inspired baguette bags be complete without a purple sequin bag? We didn’t think so. After all, who could forget the sequined purple Fendi bag from season three that was also popcorned in the first season of And Just Like That…? While it may be difficult to get your hands on an original, allow us to bring this AQUA number to your attention. Fun and flirty, this purple purse has adjustable shoulder straps, a snap closure and one slip pocket. Plus, we love that it’s made from vegan leather and adorned in plastic sequins that’ll make any outfit sexy in a second.

Best Suede Baguette Bag

14. J.Crew Berkeley Shoulder Bag

J.Crew

  • What We Like: suede, large carryall, slouchy, versatile
  • What We Don’t Like: not weatherproof
  • Material: suede, leather

Come fall, suede will be your best friend. And as rich neutrals are one of the hottest trends of the season, we predict browns will remain as strong as ever come fall and winter. Aka, you’re going to want to keep this chocolate ganache bag on rotation. This carryall is crafted in an ultra-soft suede and has leather trim accents, making a chic everyday staple. Style if for work with trousers and a blazer or pair it with a silky skirt, tank top and gold accessories for a chic GNO ‘fit. It’s an oversized bag with a magnetic closure on the underside and slouchy structure that’ll drape casually tucked under your arm, so it won’t feel bulky when you’re out and about. And did we mention it also comes in a classic black and dark navy, too?


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