There’s no denying how quickly things come and go in fashion. In a mere moment, a micro-trend, rising style star, or It bag can go viral overnight, only to be deemed “passé” a few months later (it’s a harsh world). But every once in a while, something comes along and manages not to meet the kiss of death, instead becoming immortalized as a staple in the minds of the fashion and celeb sets. There are the apparent staples (aka leather jackets and denim), and then there are the ones that take us by surprise, like the return and continued prevalence of rhinestone bags.
While handbag trends always switch up every few seasons, we’ve seen rhinestone iterations continue to dominate the runway, red carpet, and every major retailer for a few years. In part, that popularity can be attributed to collective fanfare around all things Y2K and the renewed excitement around going out after years of grappling with a pandemic, but it’s more than that.
From evening to daytime, there’s no occasion the fashion and celeb set isn’t wearing this bag style for, proving that the power of this purse lies in innate wearability. And to prove that point, ahead I’ve pulled the recipes to show how this style continues to be popular, and I’ve shopped out the best rhinestone bags at every price point. If you weren’t a fan of this style before, prepare to change your mind.