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Crocodile-Looking Bags Are About to Be Everywhere

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Slowly but surely, crocodiles have crept into the zeitgeist. Every new bag I see is embossed in the squarish, lizard-y pattern of croc skin. (Fans of Lyle will be relieved to know that most are not made from actual crocodiles.) The effect is very ladies-who-lunch, which makes it fun to wear with deliberately un-stuffy outfits. And not only is the pattern pretty, but it’s practical, since it hides stains and scratches better than plain leather. Shop 12 of our favorite new crocodile bags below.

The Instagram Bait

Staud Alice Croc-effect Leather Tote

If you want to become a handbag influencer, you better just give your bank account over to Staud. They have a handful of really cute croc bags, but we like this one for the swamp-green color and the unique shape.

The Designer Dupe

Topshop Demi Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

The shape of this bag looks very high-end, but it’s under $50.

The Going-Out Bag

Croc-Effect Mini Bag

The gold details feel fancy but the price is very, very good.

The Vegan Bag

Nanushka Izabel Croc-effect Leather Shoulder Bag

If you object to wearing any kind of animal leather — reptile or otherwise — Nanushka is a good place to look. This one would make a nice work bag.

The Pastel Option

Croc-Effect Tote Bag

Not only is this bag a fabulous shade of blue, but it also has a drawstring interior, a cross-body strap, and handles, making it highly versatile.

The One That’s Driving the Economy

Crocodile Embossed Leather Belt Bag

Fanny packs accounted for 25 percent of the accessory economy’s growth this year. If you’re holding out because your style is more put together than Jonah Hill’s, try this lady-like option.

The Intellectual One

Claire Melbourne

This reminds me of what an old-timey doctor would use on house calls. Just miniature.

If You Like a Bag That Looks Like a Present

Trademark Dorthea Box Bag

It’s so rare that bags come in perfect little leather-and-suede cubes. Coupled with the drawstring pouch in the center, it looks like a little wrapped present. How can you resist?

The Pop of Color

Wandler Anna Crocodile-Effect Leather Belt Bag

Double the trend; double the fun.

The Mini Bag

By Far White Mini Leather Mock Croc Cross Body Bag

A tiny white bag with a top-handle may make you feel like a delicate dainty flower.

The Pretty Pouch

Rejina Pyo Rita Croc-Effect Leather Bucket Bag

A bag that’s at once structured and slouchy, ladylike and relaxed.

The Sculptural Bag

Complet Valery Mini Satchel

For the fashion maverick who loves a twist on a trend.

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Crocodile Bags Are About to Be Everywhere