Budget See-Through Bags

Photography by Simon Creasey

Now it's cool to see what's in your bag!

I've said it before, I'll say it again, there's nothing wrong with experimenting with trends every season.  Not all trends will be everyone's cup of tea but admittedly I've been sucked into the 'see-through bag' trend.  The return of vinyl hit the fashion scene in a big way a few season's back, with lots of PVC and wet-look clothing, accessories and footwear.  But this season the vinyl see-through bag has become the "must-have" item of fashion lovers worldwide.  I'm not even remotely ashamed to say that I love this trend, everything has been a trend at some point even 'classics' are a trend, but what I love most about this one in particular is that it's FUN!  It takes me back to the days when I was younger and my grandparents would take me out to Woolworths (throwback!) to buy me a handbag or a make up set (always made of plastic and never contained any real make-up).  I used to call it my 'bag-of-business', I had it with me wherever I went, and it was completely see everyone could see exactly what my 'business' was.  I guess this trend holds some nostalgia for me but I also think that it is a bit of fun to play around with and who can complain about a waterproof, stain proof bag right?


A nifty handheld bag with a matching tan mock-croc pouch inside to conceal those personal belongings...or maybe just a safe haven for your emergency Snickers 😉

Also available in White, Beige and Black here

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Vinyl doesn't always have to be clear, there are plenty of coloured options for those of you who like to inject some colour into your looks or for something a little more chic, this black vinyl bucket bag fits in with the trend whilst also being a practical hands free bag.

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Combine two trends in one with this tortoiseshell handle bag.  Again this one also comes with a small removable pouch inside for you to store your valuables and keep them out of sight.

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I love the contrast of the vinyl on this bucket bag with the natural canvas liner and tan straps.  It's very much a bag that sits in with my own style and colour palette and the quirky acetate handles give it a little sum'n sum'n.

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Yes granted these are very much a Chanel rip off but you know what, for a festival or something they would be pretty ideal ( can be worn crossbody) and they're just a bit of fun!

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  1. Dorine Brussen
    21st June 2018 / 8:44 am

    Ha before I read this post I literally just commented on your YouTube vid saying that I love this trend because it reminds me of my youth (80s girls, unite!!) – I too had many transparent items and my dream at the time was a transparent phone, hahaha! Gosh I’m gonna see if the Zara one is still available, love that one! X

    • 19th July 2018 / 6:14 pm

      Oh my god I remember those transparent phones! haha I bet they’re worth a fortune now…vintage 😉

  2. Mimi
    21st June 2018 / 5:59 pm

    Totally agree with you Dorine! The one from Zara was my top choice too! Thank you Emma for your latest YouTube Video. Definitely brought back memories of my see thru bags! I love your videos and I hope you continue to make them. You’re a true example of class and beauty! I also love Simon and your pups!

  3. Tara
    22nd June 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Ahh, when your favourite blogger posts an item you already own! Winning!!

    • 19th July 2018 / 6:15 pm

      One step ahead of the game there Tara 😉 x

  4. HollyB
    22nd June 2018 / 4:53 pm

    I have the Zara one and I love it, there was only one left in the store and I don’t think I’d moved that fast for a while. It was even covered in a bit of dust but I didn’t care, because it WAS GOING TO BE MINE regardless. I don’t think the trim is leather, but it still looks good. Looks really nice with neutral and earthy-hued clothes. And ahhh, Woolworths, where I bought my first ever CD, along with a lot of pick ‘n’ mix coconut mushrooms.

  5. Paula
    25th June 2018 / 3:13 am

    OMG I really want one of those knock off Chanel ones (EBAY no.05) I know you can also purchase them from wish as well if anyone is keen -_-
    I think this is a super fun trend and especially like your Yes Style one, it looks quite classy!

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

    • 19th July 2018 / 6:17 pm

      Thanks Paula, go get yourself a knock off 😉 😉 and report back and tell us what it’s like in the (plastic) flesh x

  6. 25th June 2018 / 7:29 pm

    I haven’t gotten on the whole PVC bag bandwagon and I don’t think I will but it is such a fun trend!

    • 19th July 2018 / 6:18 pm

      It’s definitely not for everyone but who knows, you might come around to it 😉 x

    • 19th July 2018 / 6:19 pm

      It’s super cute indeed 🙂 x

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