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
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
The shape of this bag looks very high-end, but it’s under $50.
The Going-Out Bag
The gold details feel fancy but the price is very, very good.
The Vegan 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
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
The Intellectual One
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
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
Double the trend; double the fun.
The Mini Bag
A tiny white bag with a top-handle may make you feel like a delicate dainty flower.
The Pretty Pouch
A bag that’s at once structured and slouchy, ladylike and relaxed.
The Sculptural Bag
For the fashion maverick who loves a twist on a trend.
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