Is the Prada Nylon Shoulder Bag Really Worth It?


We break down the shoulder bag trend - specifically, the Prada Nylon one that everyone's after.


Image source: Chloe Ryans

Image source: Chloe Ryans

If you looked to the Instagram accounts of pretty much any celebrity at the moment, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d travelled all the way back to the 1990s, and in a way, you’d be right — or at least, as far as fashion is concerned.


Tiny sunglasses, crop polos and baggy pants reign supreme on social media and the runway alike right now, and perhaps the biggest throwback is one that’s been high up on the ‘hot’ list for a while now: the Prada Nylon Mini shoulder bag.


Seen on the shoulder of practically every celebrity from Adwoa Aboah to Bella Hadid to Charli D’Amelio and beyond, this staple of the late nineties/early noughties doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.


Nylon bags first re-entered the fashion sphere on the Prada Fall/Winter 2018/19 runways in Milan, though slightly different versions from the classic Nylon shoulder bag. Nowadays the bag is available in various colours from classic black and neutrals to bright yellows and greens, but still keeping the sporty fabric which makes the bag so current.


The current bag is labelled as a ‘Re-Edition’ from the year 2000 and at first glance is almost identical to the original one we saw on Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan way back when. However, the general shape and details have all been updated in its latest release to suit a more modern wardrobe.


Is it worth it? I have to admit at first, the answer I planned to give was ‘probably not’. But after doing my research into this iconic bag I’m not afraid to admit I’ve changed my mind.


Yes, the price point is hefty. Yes, it’s an ‘it’ bag and will probably go out of style at some point in the near future. Yes, it’s made of nylon instead of a more sought-after or expensive material like leather, but it’s also versatile, functional, stylish, and (as far as I’ve heard) keeps its condition incredibly well over time.