Lemaire Large Croissant Bag

This season's must-have item is the hobo bag | Source: Lemaire

Slouching Towards: The Return of the Hobo Bag

Of all the decades of fashion, none proves more divisive than the noughties. Whether it was the denim mini skirts paired with Ugg boots, the ludicrously oversized sunglasses hiding the remnants of last night’s makeup, or even the dangling belly-button rings teamed with low-waisted jeans (which are back in style, by the way), there were certainly some questionable ensembles during this era of fashion.

With luck, some trends have stayed firmly in the past (dangling belly-button rings, I’m looking at you), while others have morphed into something contemporary and chic, like the rise of cargo pants. Another style that has recently risen from the Y2K ashes is the hobo bag. Seen on the SS/22 runways of Khaite, Bottega Veneta, and Lemaire, this slouchy silhouette is the shape everyone is talking about.

Now, let’s get this out of the way: the term ‘hobo bag’ is a bit outdated in 2022. While it’s not necessarily a derogatory term in this context, it nonetheless merits an acknowledgment to the context behind the word. In a British Vogue article, it’s explained that hobo “was used to describe migrant workers in America at the end of the 19th century, who were essentially homeless and rode freight trains looking for work, carrying their belongings in a sack tied around a bindle stick.” Basically, this bag was named in an effort to convey its functional capabilities and has now become slang for a slouchy bag that fits a lot of stuff.

The hobo bag is perfect for those of us who carry a diary, a makeup bag, an array of healthy snacks, an umbrella, a spare pair of shoes and maybe even the kitchen sink with us at all times. No matter your style, whether it’s sleek or bohemian, modern or minimal, the hobo bag makes a perfect addition to your daily wardrobe.

The Row Off-White Bindle Three Bag

Effortlessly chic and luxurious this oversized bag from The Row is crafted from grained calfskin and features an integrates shoulder strap.

The Row Off-White Bindle Three Bag
The Row Off-White Bindle Three Bag, A$3,190 | Source: SSense

Khaite August Hobo Bag Black Leather

Crafted in Italy from soft calfskin selected for its vintage look, the slouchy zip-top silhouette features an open interior and is finished with an integrated, adjustable shoulder strap. Stylish and functional!

Khaite August Hobo Bag Black Leather
Khaite August Hobo Bag Black Leather, A$3,270 | Source: Khaite

Bottega Veneta Teen Jodie Bag Parakeet

This mini hobo bag from Bottega Veneta proves that size doesn’t matter. The slouchy style has been scaled down but retains the classic features of a hobo bag. Plus, we can’t get enough of this vibrant green hue.

Bottega Veneta Teen Jodie Bag Parakeet
Bottega Veneta Teen Jodie Bag Parakeet, A$3,900 | Source: Bottega Veneta

Staud Perry Hobo Tote Mahogany Suede

This slouchy suede hobo bag features a leather handle, silver hardware, a magnetic closure and suede lining. It’s large enough to hold your things but understated so as not to detract from your outfit.

Staud Perry Hobo Tote Mahogany Suede A$735 | Source: Staud

Mansur Gavriel Swing Shoulder Bag Crema

The soft calf leather of this shoulder bag is tumbled and dyed to give it a uniformed light grain and feather-soft hand feel and completed with a subtle waxed finish that adds a gentle sheen.

Mansur Gavriel Swing Shoulder Bag Crema
Mansur Gavriel Swing Shoulder Bag Crema, A$1,065 | Source: Mansur Gavriel

Oroton Margot Hobo Whiskey

Created from a slouchy pebble leather in a warm whiskey-tone, this hobo bag from Oroton is stylishly complemented by brass hardware.

Oroton Margot Hobo Whiskey A$499 | Source: Oroton

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