March 24th, 2010

Style Files: WAG Handbags and ‘Ballers

Cheryl Cole and her Prada Tote at the BBC studios in London yesterday.

A handbag says a thousand words. Big, small, slouchy, distressed, leather, canvas, studded, quilted… we could go on.

And actually, let’s: there is no feeling quite like untying the brown ribbon bow from a Louis Vuitton box and lifting that gorgeous brown pebbled leather baby to your nose to get the full new leather experience.

Ooh. Getting lightheaded there.

Anyhoosey, we love handbags. And so do WAGs – getting their French-manicured hands on the bag-of-the-moment is certainly just as important as skipping the queue at Mahiki and getting the Cristal comped.

Interestingly enough, recent studies at the Kickette Institute for WAG-Bags and ‘Ballers have found that some of the footy players we know and love have some surprising things in common with handbags.

Let’s take a look some WAG handbag favorites and their footy counterparts.

The Vintage Bag

Vintage bags are collectors’ items and only for the serious fashion connoisseurs. They are status symbols and everyone in the know wants one. Coleen Rooney owns several vintage Chanel bags as does Victoria Beckham.

Baller equivalent: Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus). Everyone wants one.


The Investment Bag

This is the one you save months (or years) for. The precious object of your desire that you would sacrifice food, shelter and sanity to possess. Mamen Sanz (above) opted for the crocodile YSL 32 bag. Cheryl Cole invested in a Dior Granville tote and Louise Redknapp went for Givenchy.

Baller equivalent: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Kaka (Real Madrid). Bags, however, always produce results… zing!

The Old Standby

This is the bag you count on day in and day out to look good with everything and to always give you what you want. Balenciaga’s line of City bags do just that and are carried by WAGs such as Alex Gerrard, Coleen Rooney, Abbey Clancy (Crouchie), Lisa Carrick and Najah Wakil (Kalou).

Baller Equivalent: Ryan Giggs (Manchester United), David Beckham (AC Milan), Paolo Maldini (Our hearts/formerly AC Milan).


It Looked Better on the Shelf/Big Mistake

This is the bag that was lust at first sight. You wanted it right then and there and plunked down the AmEx black without a second thought. Victoria Beckham’s Valentino Glamorous bag and Elen Rivas’ Bottega Veneta tote should have come with a 24 hour waiting period and some minor psychological counseling.

Baller Equivalent: Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United). Don’t get us wrong, Kickettes. We love (love) The Berba, but his on pitch performances since signing with Manchester United haven’t impressed as much as we anticipated.

The Wait List Bag/Bag of the Moment

This bag involves the same amount of lust as the Big Mistake Bag, but is actually stylish, functional, and gorgeous. Abbey Clancy’s Alexander Wang Rocco tote is the must have bag right now. We would not be opposed to throwing ‘bo’s or hair pulling at Selfridges for this one. Look out for the Mulberry Alexa and the Proenza Schouler PS1 to turn up on blazer-clad WAG arms soon.

Baller Equivalent: Jack Rodwell (Everton), Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04), Daniel Carrico (Sporting Lisbon), and Sergio Canales (Real Madrid). They’re new, they’re hot, and we want them.


It’s Time to Retire



These are the bags that have come and long-gone, but still are hanging around on some misguided arms. Kickette-favorite Yulia Voronin still carries a Louis Vuitton Multicolore and Michela Quattrociocche is rocking the Fendi Spy. These bags are over ladies; done, past it, finito. We’ve made some lovely suggestions above. Go shopping.

Baller Equivalent: We love all footy players so we’re not going to name names. But you know who they are.

Tell us, Kickettes; do you share our love of arm candy? Which ‘baller does your favorite handbag resemble?

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17 Responses to “Style Files: WAG Handbags and ‘Ballers”

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  2. utami says:

    cheryl, she is very pretty loved her prada <3

  3. FootballerChick43 - "Mrs.Ballack" says:

    LOVE Cheryl’s and Alex’s.

    *Sees the word “retire” and starts crying* Do not mention that word, lol.

  4. Luvin'Bale says:

    Since I cant afford a Louis Vuitton or Fendi I will go with a bag I do have.
    I love my Furla bag- the leather is so soft you just want to cuddle up to it and rub your face against it. Just like I want to do to Gareth Bale and Yoann. Im just sayin’.

  5. Luvin'Bale says:

    Since I cant afford a Louis Vuitton or Fendi I will go with a bag I do have.
    I love my Furla bag- the leather is so sift you just wan to cuddle up to it and rub your face against it. Just like I want to do to Gareth Bale and Yoann. Im just sayin’.

  6. aps says:

    That is not a flattering pick of Coleen but I LOVE the bag as well as cheryl's.

  7. MrsNesta says:

    I like VB’s bag, its just the rest of the ensemble thats completely insane.

  8. Baby Freya says:

    The Chanel Quilted Classis Flap Bag is my all-time favourite! Its the kind of bag you’d cuddle in bed with at night, the security blanket of bags that would never tell you not to buy something on a whim and fully support your chocolate binge. Baller Equivalent: Iker Casillas

  9. Megan says:

    I just want to praise you for noticing Daniel Carrico. Even as a Benfica girl, I can appreciate the young, hot Portuguese that play for our rivals.

    In bag news, I love Cheryl’s bag

  10. Addie says:

    Per Mertesacker – Louis Vuitton Speedy. Not terribly beautiful but sturdy, dependable and classy. And, of course, my personal object of desire for quite some years :-D

  11. Jessss says:

    Cheryl’s shoes. omg. want.

  12. Leny says:

    Memen or whatever her name is, Ugly bag! The rest are nice

  13. liv says:

    one think i no for sure is that those bags can pay for my rent apartement even the ugly onces!

  14. KW says:

    OIIII!!! If you forget about the £30mil price tag, you’d see that Dimi has actually done a good job for us. No-one is worth £30mil to be fair.

  15. abbie says:

    Girls just love their bags.

  16. Lucy says:

    Coleen looks really bad on that picture and Victoria looks like a wax figure :S