You just can't fight monogram mania. Whenever you think it's about to fade into oblivion again like it did after the naughty noughties, something always gets the drive re-revved up (these days, logo bucket hats seem to be the du jour way to go). Love it or hate it, you may as well try and ride the wave!
On that note: We've already discussed Louis Vuitton's interlocking initials, so for today's lesson, how about we sample some delightful Dior? Often preferred in the classic, immensely popular navy Oblique canvas, it was famously first catapulted to undoubted It status by Sex and the City's feisty Carrie Bradshaw, a fun fashion fact you maaay have heard before. It's one worth constantly retelling, to be completely honest. Well, her now-historic Saddle has certainly gotten a modern makeover that's beloved by a whole new generation of style stars, propelling its glorious renaissance towards a younger, savvier set eager to get those Ds.
Are you part of the clamoring crowd? Though your answer is a clear, resounding yes, we understand that you might have some...reservations. A print, any print, may simply not come naturally to your liking. And that's perfectly okay! If you're stumped for styling ideas, here, let us provide you with a few quick options right off the bat.
How Cool Girls Are Wearing Their Dior Monogram Bags
1. Liz Uy
You can always count on Liz Uy to make it look easy as pie. Drizzle a simple black cami and button-front paisley suede with generous amounts of layered gold jewelry and go. A tip: Puka shells are an on-trend, beach friendly accoutrement that'll fare fantastically even in the city.
Liz champions all weather leather via a croc effect pencil skirt, thin green cotton singlet, and minimalist white mules. Our fave touch has got to be that chunky chain belt wound 'round her tiny waist.
Switch on seaside vacation mode a la Sarah Lahbati in a tie-front tube top and belted paperbag khakis. Should there be no more room in your luggage for an extra pair of shoes, note that wispy, barely-there strappy sandals are the pinnacle of versatility.
Double denim makes so much darn sense when talking about Oblique pairings, you'll honestly wonder why you didn't think of it earlier. After all, there's no quicker path to cohesive chic than piling on the fabric blues. Choose an assortment of varying light-to-dark washes for extra texture.
3. Laureen Uy
It's totally adorable that the aforementioned Liz and lil sis Laureen Uy share their precious vintage piece. Much love to go around! Lau styles it for colder climes with a cut-shoulder white knit turtleneck, wide-leg trousers, tan suede boots, and a high shine puffer jacket. Toss on a fisherman's cap for good measure, whether or not you're reeling a catch in.
Aaand when the temparatures rise to boiling point, swathe yourself in crochet lace! Laureen knows what we mean. Cost per wear matters: It doubles as a swimsuit coverup by the beach and lends your urban ensemble a sunkissed, carefree bohemian vibe.
4. Camille Co
Camille Co teaches you how to throw on the trends and still retain optimum casual cool. A padded headband and beribboned, leopard spotted top pare down with jeans and a lightweight scarlet coat. Travel lewk alert.
Beige is all the rage! It's a litany we'll never tire of repeating over and over. Adapt a power suit for laidback touring by selecting a bermuda shorts version in breezy fabrics like cotton or linen. Relaxed yet in-charge. Archlight kicks keep you strictly street.
Renee de Guzman's pristine white long-sleeved rugby shirt is the perfect, preppy, sport-flavored alternative to the usual trusty button-down. It's a ton less wrinkle prone, too! Team with chambray palazzo pants for another subtle spin on a tired combo.
It may be raining in Manila lately, but that doesn't mean it's chilly enough out to start busting out the cashmere. We can only wish! Translate Renee's cozy ensemble for our tropics and swap the heavy pullover for a black tee. The beret and rainbow stripes can definitely stay, though!
6. Anne Curtis
This is, like, the trillionth time we've written about how fire this 'fit Anne Curtis wore to promote her steamy latest flick Just A Stranger in is. You can't blame us. Zoom in closer and discover that she's actually wearing DIY cropped movie merch! Now this is how you fangirl—applicable to K-pop tees and anime paraphernalia, by the way. You do you.
Pia Wurtzbach is always off catching planes and crisscrossing the globe, so you can bet she's mastered the art of the airport OOTD. Queen, literally. Comfy, silky, pajama-esque auburn co-ords are simultaneously luxe and sensible alongside ecru slides and a big, cavernous Book Tote carryall perfect for nonchalantly chucking your essentials in. Just don't accidentally lose your passport inside...
Should you need a tight cinch, Heart Evangelista declares that there's no better fix than a raspberry Saddle. Keep your hands free as you sit front row at Milan Fashion Week! Follow her eternally posh example and wind yours around a crisp blazer for an up-to-date take.
''Stretch ain't sketch," says Heart, who dons her self-designed, second skin Kamiseta denims with decadent, meringue-ish tiers of frothy cream chiffon and round, wire rimmed specs reminiscent of your school years of yore.
This entire Sunmi outfit positively screams 2004, and, rather strangely, we really, really like it. A sign of things to come, perhaps (eyeing you, low-waist jeans). That butterfly emblazoned baby tank! The ragged cutoffs! That deliberately exposed bra strap! That blast-from-the-past blush Dior sling! Recommitting to the sk8er girl life in 3, 2, 1...
10. Suzy Bae
We're endlessly saying that a timeless camel trench is an investment you won't regret making. Korean actress Suzy Bae is further proof. See how it takes an otherwise nondescript, comfortable look and turns it worthy of Audrey Hepburn's beleaguered Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's? A kiss in the rain and a missing unnamed cat are optional add-ons, of course. Call it a foolproof recipe for Old Hollywood glamour.