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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Milly on

I think its pretty but i wouldn’t buy it for the simple fact that i wouldn’t want anyone to see what i’m carrying around.

Heather S. on

I remember the backlash when we had to start carrying clear bags and backpacks in middle school… hopefully everyone thinks it’s just as ridiculous now!

alice on

Wow, I never realized that people who work at department store have to use clear handbags. I bet that would be degrading.

Lis on

Why would anyone want to carry a bag like that? No one needs to see the crumpled reciepts, makeup, that pack of gum spilled all over the bottom of your purse, or the brand of tampons you use. Some things are better keept to your self.

Harlow on

Being a woman, I carry a lot of stuff, and some are personal things. I carry a lot more than your standard lip gloss and sunglasses. But you’re right, this would be ok for the beach or something, but not for an every day thing. You can put your sun tan lotion in the bag, hair clips / ties, lip gloss, sunglasses, and a water bottle for the beach, nothing more than that, like personal things: check book, wallet w/ money and credit cards…

If you’re using it for everyday use, who would wanna show their pocket book of checks, wallet filled with money and credit cards, and my small Polaroid camera? That’s just asking for someone to rob me, and these people are brave, they’ll do it during the day time. Also, who would wanna see my wrinkled reciepts, gum wrappers, post-it’s, small notepad, pens, small address book, and my Hershey candy’s…plus seeing a small hand bag (that is also clear) that contains my lip gloss, hand sanitizer, hair tie, mascara, packet of tissues, and other things. Also, I don’t want someone seeing my maxi pads. This wouldn’t be a good idea for someone to carry, unless used appropriately, considering someone could jack you up.

Missy on

I remember seeing this look years ago on the runway.
The models would line the bag with different types of scarves so that it could match every outfit.

Allison T. on

This concept is really the pits. Frankly, the only thing more messy than my kitchen is my purse—do I really want the entire world to know what a slob I can be?? I think not!!

Stacy on

No way. Just think of how dirty it would look within a day…finger smudges, makeup dust, etc. YUK!

Erin on

I agree w/ most of the above-people can see what you are carrying which is slightly inconvenient-pads, tampons, make-up, etc.

Sarah Marie Catherine on

There is no way! Why in the world would I want people to be able to see what I carry in my purse? That is definitly a lack of privacy!

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