Would You Carry A Clear Bag?

03/06/2007 at 03:32 PM ET

When we noticed designers like Oscar de la Renta (left) sending clear bags down their Spring 2007 runways, we thought they were great accessories for the beach, vacation and hanging by the pool. But do you really want everyone to see what’s inside your bag every day? That’s where cute makeup cases come in — to conceal your personal belongings. Try these striped black and white travel cases from sephora.com ($15-$35), or this Very Sexy velvet finish case from victoriassecret.com ($10). For a designer look, get the Louis Vuitton monogrammed cosmetic case at eluxury.com ($240). We have also rounded up some clear bags for you, from the Oscar’s big splurge to a cute and cheap option from Target. But tell us: Would you carry a clear bag?

Oscar de la Renta (left) white patent transparent travel tote, $895, oscardelarenta.com (available mid-March)

Affordable Luxury:
Furla Giovanna Furlanetto Boarding bag, $450, furlausa.com

Faux Birkin Inspired clear tote (available in 6 color trimmings), $32, shopsueyboutique.com

Pink-trimmed clear tote with lining (also comes in purple, blue and patterned), $15, at

Photo:Oscar de la Renta/Jeremy Spink

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cori on

no, i haven’t carried a clear bag since i was seven, and e wasn’t too crazy about it even then. what’s in my purse is my business and no one else’s.

Kristen Y on

I agree, these bags will look cheap no matter what brand it is. Not to mention, I wouldn’t even care if I was just going to dinner, I still would want everyone to know what belongs to me.

K on

pretty, but not the most practical trend for spring. it’s not like we actually only carry some dainty notebook, sunglasses, and lip gloss.

Carly on

I’d use a traslucent bag to carry a towel, sunscreen and bottled water to the beach, but that’s it! It would be a huge pain to have to carry all of my stuff inside littler bags in my purse. I have to dig around in there now to find what I want; I can’t imagine having to check 5 or 10 tiny other bags. I don’t think it’s very smart to carry a clear bag, really. I usually have so much stuff with me – ipod, phone, wallet, plus things like tampons, medications, etc – and I do not want people seeing those things through my bag. I definitely choose safety and security over this trend!

Night on

I had to carry a clear purse given to me by the large department store I worked for many years ago. Anyone with a handbag was required to use the clear issued bag. No regular purses alowed. It was awful and degrading. I would never do it again.

rachel b. on

Clear is not a good way to go. It would show my check book, credit cards, make-up and lady stuff. I like dark fabrics and would only use the clear as a beach bag.

WendyO on

I totally agree with JH…this reminds me of those clear plastic mini backpack purses that all of my girlfriends had in middle school. I may have had bad hair back then, but at least I knew that a clear purse was a tacky, bad idea.

Becky on

People don;t need to see my maxi pads and birth control pills

Brandy on

Totally did that in middle school, really.

lenora on

No way, I agree with FH. I live in Philadelphia and a bag like that is a no no.

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