You only need to follow a handful of fashion bloggers to quickly note that the biggest fashion status symbols right now are anything Ganni, Balenciaga boots and Gucci handbags. When you look back at fashion status symbols over the past two decades, some were so hyped that it's hard to forget about them—Ugg boots, Baby G watches and Juicy Couture tracksuits, to name a few. However, there are others that you might be neglecting to remember, such as Links of London's Sweetie bracelets and YSL's Arty ring. One thing that several of these cult items have in common is that they have a lower price point, which enables more people to buy into brands that might normally be out of reach. Keep scrolling to look back at some of the biggest fashion status symbols over the past 20 years.
Balenciaga's Lariat bag was first created in 2001 and became a paparazzi staple, as the Olsen twins and Nicole Richie always carried a Lariat in one arm and a Starbucks in the other. Nicolas Ghesquière said to WWD about the bag: "Women and girls thought it was something they'd always have. It was a new, fresh thing, but it looked like an old, good, friendly thing… You could be a Balenciaga girl with that bag."
Cartier's Love Bracelets, which cost £4000 a bangle and have to be removed with a screwdriver, were first launched in 1969 and have since been worn by everyone from Princess Diana to Angelina Jolie to Kylie Jenner.
Another big fashion item in 2012 were Isabel Marant's suede trainers with in-built hidden wedge heels. "I would cut up cork and put pieces of cork into my sneakers because I wanted to look taller," the designer explained to Fashionista how she created them. "And I always thought about this, what I was doing when I was young, and I thought I should really achieve something around this idea. Sneakers are so comfortable, but at the same time, it's not very elegant. To have a little heel in it makes a difference, it gives you legs."
The Chanel quilted 2.55 bag was first designed in 1955 and was the first shoulder bag—it remains one of the most coveted fashion items decades later.
In 2012, the YSL arty ring was as hyped as Gucci loafers, as every fashion blogger and celebrity (including Beyoncé) owned the eccentric gold nugget ring with an oversized centre stone.
Gucci's logo belt has become another fashion status symbol, as it's been worn by everyone from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Kendall Jenner.
Ganni's dresses might be over the £200 mark, but the £50 slogan T-shirts are a more accessible way to buy into the Instagram-famous brand—the perfect recipe for a successful fashion status symbol.
Links of London's silver sweetie bracelets were created over 15 years ago, and you could attach charms to the chain.
Any child of the '90s will know that you can't talk about fashion status symbols without mentioning Miss Sixty jeans—the denim brand that caused a shopping frenzy before J Brand and Citizens of Humanity
Thanks to Paris Hilton in the mid-noughties, classic UGG boots became an essential part of the It-girl uniform.
Another '00s celebrity favourite was the CC Skye double-wrap gold-and-black leather bracelet, which Nicole Richie often wore on The Simple Life.
Mulberry's Alexa bag (inspired by Alexa Chung) might have been released during a recession in January 2010, but that didn't stop the £750 handbag from having epic waiting lists.
Speaking of it bags, the £395 Mansur Gavriel minimal bucket bag was so popular and difficult to get hold of in 2015 that for every bag available on the site, there were 288 people trying to buy it.
Michael Kors' silver, gold and rose-gold oversized watches were another fashion blogger favourite item circa 2013.
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