I tend to splurge on handbags and shoes because I believe they have the power to elevate an outfit. For these investment pieces, I’m going to provide a more detailed review because I think a splurge requires more justification than, it’s so cute! (or does it?!)
My latest handbag acquisition is the Gucci Dionysus shoulder bag. I didn’t love this bag immediately but it kept catching my eye when I saw other women carry it. The ornate horseshoe, thick chain strap and structured shape make for a flashy little handbag. My view on handbags is that if you are going to spend a lot of money, it had better stand out! The overall vibe is fancy and glamorous with hints of vintage and edgy. It’s a high fashion bag for sure. The best part is the quality of this bag, which I think is on par with popular Chanel bags for half the price.
Size and Storage
The shoulder bag comes in three sizes – large, small and mini. I chose the small size, which is approximately 11 x 7 x 3.5, because it fits my essentials easily without being too bulky. I can store a wallet, phone, keys and small makeup bag with ample room for extras like sunglasses. On the outside, there is a small pocket in the front for flat items like show tickets, passports, etc. Inside the bag, there are two roomy compartments divided by a zippered pocket.
In addition to the large, small and mini shoulder bag sizes, there are wallet-on-chain and clutch options if you are looking for something more compact. I love that there are different sizes to suit different carrying needs.
The color options are even more abundant than the size options! I love the richness of the suede and the rose color provides a pop of color while remaining fairly neutral. In suede, I’ve seen rose, black, taupe, blue, red and pink. The bag also comes in the Gucci logo print with the option to add pops of color or pretty florals. If you want to make a bigger statement, the bag comes in some gorgeous prints and quirky embellishments too (love!).
This bag is dressy, especially if you go with suede. The metal details are fancy, the shape is highly structured and the size that I have cannot be worn casually as a crossbody. It can only be worn as a shoulder bag (see here), top handle (see here) or held like a clutch (see here). For these reasons, this bag looks best with polished looks. It’s absolutely possible to dress it down with jeans but I would add a silk blouse, lace top or blazer and dressy looking shoes (no flip flops) to complete the look. I am not strict about matching metal tones but if you were to add something large and metallic (like mirrored sunglasses), I would try silver tones rather than gold because the silver hardware on this bag is prominent.
In sum, the Gucci Dionysus is a stunning piece of handbag art that looks fabulous with dressed up looks. The style is distinctive but classic enough to enjoy for many years to come. And for a splurge bag, I think the price point is just right.