We love a good throwback, even more so if it makes us cringe a little and ask (sometimes out loud), “Did we really wear that?” Which is exactly how we feel looking back at the bags from the early 2000s in all their monogrammed, brightly colored, buckle-embellished glory.
Many ladies who lived through the aughts remember needing that heart-decorated Dooney & Bourkeor lusting after a Dior Saddle bag. They were pretty much the Mansur Gavriels of their time.
But perhaps even better than the designs are the then-It girls who wore them: Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, and even Paris Hilton were the ones who really sold them for us. Take a read through the gallery and see all the styles we had to have, some of which are actually pretty cute, but most of which are still so 2006.
The Dior Saddle Bag
Thanks to The O.C., Mischa Barton was the ultimate It girl and this was the ultimate It bag.
That circle label was practically a stamp of approval for middle and high school students.
Balenciaga Motorcycle Bags
Sigh. Back when Nicole Richie was just starting to become the fashion icon she is now.
Coach Signature Styles
We can’t forget the basics: all those monogrammed bags. Everyone and their mother wore a Coach signature wristlet or baguette bag, including Kyla Pratt from Doctor Dolittle and The Proud Family.
Louis Vuitton Monograms
And Louis Vuitton. You were a sucker for those LVs, whether they were on a Theda or a Speedy, and all the better if they were mulitcolored.
And These, Too
Remember the Stephen Sprouse-printed Louis Vuitton? If a Hilton was carrying it, it was totally cool.
Fendi printed totes were chic enough for the Olsens, and Carrie Bradshaw made that fancy baguette option famous.
Juicy Couture Velour Bags
Yves Saint Laurent Muse Bag
Throwing it back to the days when Lindsay Lohan reigned supreme. This wasn’t the only desinger bag she rocked, either.
Dooney & Bourke Crayon Hearts