Fashion Luggage

There was a time when getting on a train or airplane was a special occasion, requiring special clothes and accessories. Nowadays, airports are full of rumpled T-shirts and piles of lookalike black suitcases, but not for long. While we may not be wearing suits and wingtips or hats and heels to airport anytime soon (fans of "Mad Men" can only hope), we can show some personality with snazzy luggage. Fashion luggage is back, so swap out your drab black or grey bags for something cheerful, colorful and more distinctive.


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Love pattern suitcase, black flower suitcase, purple flower suitcase


The trend toward fashion luggage has brought a burst of bright colors and bold patterns to the market -- providing many options to the casual traveler. If your idea of dressing up on vacation is remembering to slip on your flip-flops as you head to the beach, consider carry-on bags in sunny yellows, hot pinks or ocean blues. Kids, teens and young adults will appreciate retro '70s patterns full of hearts, swirls and flowers.


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Checkers upright, plaid luggage set


If hippy flower child patterns aren't your style -- in other words, your teenage daughter loves them, but you want to look like a "grownup" -- don't despair. Fashionable luggage also appeals to refined tastes with traditional patterns in plaids, checks and small polka dots. A black-and-white plaid upright or tote bag accessorizes your wardrobe in classic style, especially if you tend to wear a lot of black and grey while traveling.


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Leopard duffle


Animal prints remain popular in accessories and luggage and are popular in luggage sets. A matching set of luggage provides the right bags for any extended vacation or cruise. To get the look without investing in a large set, buy an animal print tote bag you can take on an airplane and carry while exploring city streets. (Don't forget your chic sunglasses.)



Posted by Shawna Edwards

Shawna Edwards



May. 11, 2011 at 11:31 AM

LOVE the black flower suitcase. I may need it. My current olive green suitcase looks particularly drab in comparison. Now, I just need to plan a vacation.

May. 11, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Patterned luggage is such a good idea. Nothing is worse than accidentally grabbing someone else's bag in a baggage claim frenzy and then awkwardly having to replace it without looking like you're up to something.

May. 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I want to go on a fancy vacation and take fabulous luggage! Those top three look like they have spinner wheels, a necessity in my next bag.

May. 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I think I need the black flower suitcase and then a vacation so I can break it in. Hmmmm...

May. 11, 2011 at 12:01 PM

That checkerboard luggage deserves to be taken on a train to San Francisco. I found the Ft. Worth airport to be the trendiest last October. I went through five airports traveling to and from Aruba and in Ft. Worth no one was wearing flip flops or sweats. Boots and cashmere wraps were plentiful.

May. 11, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Pinstripes: Making carry-ons look taller since 1903.

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