We’ve got your backstage pass to the latest upcycling trend that’s sure to catch the eye of even the most seasoned fashionistas. It’s not turning a graphic tee into a tote bag, shirt into a throw pillow, jeans into shorts, Altoids tin into a USB charger, or slipping new laces into a pair of Vans (peruse Pinterest at your leisure to see these real DIY projects). Instead, it’s transforming your go-to handbag by strapping on none other than a guitar strap. The result is kind of like “borrowing” your crush’s ultra-soft, perfectly oversized tee, but only if your crush was lead guitarist of a super popular, super successful rock band. Scroll to see handbags inspired by the trend.
The guitar strap handbag is something a cool mom probably wore in high school since she’s already worn all the trends that are circling back into style right now (though if said mom is anything like our mom, she conveniently and frustratingly forgot to hold on to her trend pieces of closets past). Swapping out your tired wallflower strap for a vintage-inspired, effortlessly cool guitar strap is a way to make a well-loved handbag feel new again. One thing to note: making the trade actually improves a bag’s comfort. Tossing your thin chain strap aside for a wide guitar strap has the same effect as opting for a block heel instead of a stiletto. And if high school science taught us anything, we know it’s all about that surface area pressure dispersal.
11. Rebecca Minkoff Rainbow Jacquard Guitar Strap, $93.75