Crime of Fashion: Corset handbags

Corsetbag After writing yesterday about how there aren’t too many crimes of fashion that handbag designers can really commit, Laura reminded me of one of the worst crimes of handbag fashion of all : the corset bag.

These became crazily popular a few years ago, and I’m damned if I know why, because they were as fugly as bag can be. Aiming for Moulin Rougue style glamour (I assume), but actually tawdrier than Britney on a bad day, these were made to look like boudoir style corsets – because you know how accesories that look like lingerie are always way classy, right? Some had bits of fake fur sticking out the top of the "corset". Some even had boobs. Alarmingly, little girls started using them to carry around whatever it is that little girls need to carry (corsets, apparently), and it was then that we knew the whole "corset bag" trend had gone badly, badly wrong.

This is actually one of the better examples of the "corset handbag" genre, but I’m glad to say that corset bags are something of an endangered species these days. Now we just have corset backpacks to content with instead…

6 Comments

  • November 6, 2007

    Britney

    Oh I KNOW I hated those…they had miniskirt ones too…but those weren’t as bad as the corset ones. I don’t even see the connection between fashion and corsetbags…

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  • November 7, 2007

    MyStarbucks

    Those are ridiculously ugly.

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  • November 7, 2007

    MyStarbucks

    Those are ridiculously ugly.

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  • November 7, 2007

    Kitty du Vert

    Hideous! I love corsets and wear them all the time as undergarments, but this just gives them a bad name.
    P.S…in my experience a proper corset doesn’t lace up the front. Are these people even looking at actual corsets when they design these things, or just the ones H&M sells for $10 that aren’t really corsets?

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  • November 7, 2007

    Kitty du Vert

    Hideous! I love corsets and wear them all the time as undergarments, but this just gives them a bad name.
    P.S…in my experience a proper corset doesn’t lace up the front. Are these people even looking at actual corsets when they design these things, or just the ones H&M sells for $10 that aren’t really corsets?

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  • November 7, 2007

    Kitty du Vert

    Hideous! I love corsets and wear them all the time as undergarments, but this just gives them a bad name.
    P.S…in my experience a proper corset doesn’t lace up the front. Are these people even looking at actual corsets when they design these things, or just the ones H&M sells for $10 that aren’t really corsets?

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