The saddle silhouette was first popularised around the 2000s when Dior released its now-iconic Saddle Bag. Inspired by the looks of a horse saddle bag in the ’90s, this trend has come a long way in the fashion world and it doesn’t look like it will be disappearing anytime soon.
Many fashion trends tend to come and go all the time and just like the baguette bag, the saddle is now making a comeback with stars and luxury lovers sporting the style.
The saddle is more than just its instantly recognisable shape, of course – many of its fans love the bag for its compact size that still manages to fit all your necessities while remaining easy to match with any outfit you put on.
Available in different colours and variations now, AVENUE ONE has rounded up our top picks from our favourite designers for your shopping consideration.
The top 10 saddle bags to check out
1. Coach Beat Saddle Bag
From the classic shape to the gold hardware, the Coach Beat Saddle Bag just screams vintage at every angle. What’s even better is that it comes in five different colours.
While it looks very simple and minimalistic, it is a practical bag that can store a reasonable amount of things and easily go along with your outfits.
To give you the option of jazzing up your bag, Coach offers different patterned straps that you can easily change in and out from.
Psst… It’s also been spotted on Jennnifer Lopez, so you know this bag is definitely worth buying.
The Coach Beat Saddle Bag retails for S$675 on Selfridges.
2. Fendi Moonlight Bag
What you’re looking at is one of the latest saddle bag launches in 2021 that we’re eyeing on! As you can tell from the name and shape of the bag, the Fendi Moonlight Saddle Bag is inspired by the shape of the moon and comes finished with the Fendi logo on the flap’s gold hardware and tortoiseshell detailing on the sides.
Whether you’re going for an afternoon tea with your best friend or heading out for a weekend date, you’ll definitely reach for this versatile bag that suits almost any occasion – even Apink’s Son Na-eun is a fan! Available in seven colours.
Fendi Moonlight Saddle Bag retails for S$2,790 on 24S.
3. Burberry Olympia Small Leather Shoulder Bag
From Burberry’s new range of shoulder bags, we have our eyes on the Olympia which drew inspiration from the architecture of Olympia London, one of the label’s runway venues.
The shoulder bag shows off a simple clean-cut look that recreates the arc shape of a moon, finished with gold accents on the buckles, and a simple Burberry logo.
Unlike other Burberry’s arm candies that show off the house’s iconic check canvas pattern, this minimalistic design appeals to those who prefer a designer bag that is more subtle and low-key.
Burberry Olympia Small Leather Shoulder Bag retails for S$2,130 on Selfridges.
4. Salvatore Ferragamo Gancio City Leather Saddle Bag
Crafted from authentic calf leather, this crossbody bag also comes with internal card slots which are extremely useful in compact bags as you can easily do without a huge wallet with the additional compartments.
Salvatore Ferragamo Gancio City Saddle Bag retails for S$923 on Farfetch.
5. Loewe Heel Leather Crossbody Bag
Crafted with smooth leather and sporting no more than top-notch stitching details and a discreet logo at the corner of the bag that’s only visible if you look hard enough, this is definitely a must-buy if you like understated, functional designer bags.
Loewe Heel Leather Crossbody Bag retails for S$1,700 on Zalora.
6. Dior Saddle Bag
How can we forget the original creator of the saddle bag that drove the industry into a shopping frenzy? Two decades later, the Dior Saddle Bag has only become even more coveted by luxury lovers, with different prints and designs being released every season.
Featuring the signature saddle look (that some people say resembles a kidney) and embellished with a suspended “D” logo, you definitely won’t miss the Dior Saddle Bag if you spot it on someone else on the street.
And whether you go for the classic black version or the embroidered option, you know you’d have a winner with the iconic Dior Saddle Bag.
Celebrities are also big fans of the arm candy, including Bae Suzy who has been spotted with a classic white Dior Saddle Bag.
Dior Saddle Bag retails between S$2,350 and S$3,500 at Dior boutiques in Singapore, depending on your chosen design.
7. Jil Sander Half-Moon Crossbody Bag
Here’s another low-key, minimalistic crossbody that we love, mainly for its unique silhouette that’s rarely seen on other bags. Fun fact: this is actually a scaled-down version of the Jil Sander Black Shoulder Bag!
Jil Sander Half-Moon Crossbody Bag retails for S$1,745 on Farfetch.
8. Chloé Small Darryl Shoulder Bag
While the half-moon structure of the Chloé Small Darryl Shoulder Bag is very simple, intricate details can be seen through the side stitching as well as the black and gold double ring centrepiece of the bag.
Chloé Small Darryl Saddle Bag retails for S$1,790 on 24S.
9. Marc Jacobs Mini Empire City Crossbody Bag
The Marc Jacobs Mini Empire City Crossbody Bag comes with a huge zipper at the front, which means no more struggling to look for small trinkets (or our EZ-Link card) with this functional bag!
Another huge plus: the flap of the bag is magnetic so you won’t need to worry about the struggle of unbuckling your bag just to take something out.
Marc Jacobs Mini Empire City Crossbody Bag retails for S$874 on Zalora.
10. A.P.C. Betty Leather Crossbody Bag
A.P.C is a brand that has been getting more recognition in recent years, thanks to its variety of timeless quality leather pieces.
This burnt orange crossbody bag shows off a simple silhouette that is finished with a low-profile brand logo in gold and comes with an adjustable strap.
A.P.C. Betty Leather Crossbody Bag retails for S$663 on Farfetch.