We’ve seen a re-emergence of Y2K fashion trends in recent years, from low-waist jeans to beaded jewelry and even chunky platforms. This time around, another trend making its stylish comeback is the hobo bag. Characterized by its slouchy form, it was a ubiquitous staple in every early 2000s girl’s wardrobe. If you’re wondering how such a chic purse managed to get such a name, the term “hobo” was coined from American migrant workers in the 19th century. These migrants lived a nomadic lifestyle and carried all their belongings in a makeshift bag composed of a sack tied to the end of a stick.
But while their relaxed form is exactly what sets this bag apart from others, modern interpretations of this purse have since found it to have a more structured silhouette. As seen on the likes of fashion houses such as Dior and Loewe, they still retain their classic half-moon shape, but hobo bags now feature modern lines and a well-constructed bottom for added support. Rather than taking away from their original essence, the reimagined style now breathes a new life into this early aughts trend. Wearing one of these gives off a different vibe compared to their true slouchy form—less bohemian and more contemporary—but still creates an impact when paired with your OOTD!
Below we round up all the local celebs who found love in the new hobo bag, and as you scroll on, you'll find a list down several structured hobo bags that fit the bill of the modern gal’s wardrobe. Keep on scrolling!
LOOK: How Local Celebrities Style Their Hobo Bag
1. Heart Evangelista
Always one to have the latest “It” handbag is none other than Heart Evangelista! She carried a white Dior Vibe Hobo Bag during her trip to Paris for Fashion Week and styled it together with her athleisure ‘fit.
2. Jinkee Pacquiao
Another celeb who was spotted carrying a Dior Vibe Hobo was Jinkee Pacquiao. Hers came in a bright yellow colorway to match the rest of her vibrant OOTD. Perfect for a sun-filled day going around Los Angeles!
3. Sarah Lahbati
4. Janine Gutierrez
SHOP: Stylish Designer Hobo Bags to Add to Your Collection
1. Dior Vibe Hobo Bag
Christian Dior does the reimagined style perfectly with the Vibe Hobo Bag. Designed by creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, her iteration of the hobo bag showcases clean and modern lines to appeal to the fashion trends of today. It features the French fashion house’s signature quilted fabric on the outside while its interior is lined with butter smooth suede calfskin. On the underside of the bag are the words “Christian Dior Paris” emblazoned in black. While it features a short handle, the purse also comes with a detachable and adjustable strap so you can carry this stylish piece in a slew of ways!
Vibe Hobo Bag, $3,800 (approx. P212,556.80), DIOR, dior.com
2. Fendi Fendigraphy Small Brown FF Fabric Bag
Another hobo bag that’s sure to catch anyone’s eye is Fendi’s Fendigraphy Small Bag. You can trust this bag to match all your OOTDs, what with its classic FF jacquard motif design in a neutral-toned colorway. An off-kilter detail to this piece is its decorated bottom spelling out “FENDI” in bold gold metal lettering.
Fendigraphy Small Brown FF Fabric Bag, $2,590 (approx. P144,874.24), FENDI, fendi.com
3. Alexander Wang Legacy Hobo Bag
If you’re leaning towards something more minimalist, then we suggest the Legacy Hobo bag by Alexander Wang. Fuss-free yet remaining incredibly chic, this purse ticks all the boxes when it comes to a worthwhile designer investment. Its smooth white exterior is made out of cow leather and is punctuated by a crystal-embellished metal “W” clasp at the front.
Legacy Large Hobo Bag, P47,223.45, ALEXANDER WANG, revolve.com
4. Loewe Luna Leather Shoulder Bag
Get ready to add the Luna Leather Shoulder Bag from Loewe to your wish list! This stunning purse is handmade in the brand’s Spanish atelier, so you’re assured of fine craftsmanship when it comes to this piece. Crafted from genuine leather, its full black exterior is contrasted with its golden hardware on the edges. The Luna’s detachable strap, however, features the fashion house’s logo embroidered on both sides in black and white.
Luna Leather Shoulder Bag, € 1,555 (approx. P87,696.80), LOEWE, mytherese.com
5. Prada Cleo Shoulder Bag
A timeless hobo bag choice is the ever stylish Prada Cleo Shoulder Bag. This purse comes in several colorways, but its black iteration definitely remains to be a perennial closet fave.
Cleo Shoulder Bag, $2,670 (approx. P149,654.84), PRADA. farfetch.com
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