We're all guilty of it; we let our real (often pricey) cameras collect dust while snapping away hundreds of lesser-quality photos of our kids with our phones. But no longer! We found the remedy: chic camera cases from Loeffler Randall, Rebecca Minkoff, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and more, all stylish enough to inspire you to take that camera out on the town, to the park, and to all the other places where your kids do cute, photo-worthy things (that's everywhere, right?). Your children's future photo albums will thank you.
Walk into any run-of-the-mill electronics store to outfit your DSLR or mirrorless camera with a bag, and you'll be met with a whole lot of drab nylon options. Put down the bulky cases covered with inexplicable plastic clips and opt for one of these chic finds that can easily double as your everyday bag. From perfect-for-Spring leather crossovers to timeless quilted purses, these camera bags will keep equipment safe and require no sartorial excuses.
— Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia
As far as Spring handbags go, Rebecca Minkoff's adorable camera bags come pretty close to perfect — and they're all under $200. With a range of cool colors to choose from — though we think mint and light blue would look especially fresh with your warm-weather wardrobe — and a handy crossbody style strap, they may just be one of the best little day bags on the market. Of course, they're not necessarily made to house your camera (though you can definitely throw yours in there, especially for music-festival season!). This is more like the kind of bag you want to take with you on all of your daytime jaunts — from errands to lunch with the girls — perfect for holding all the essentials, like your wallet, phone, keys, and maybe a lipstick. Though the lighter-hued styles scream daytime, there's nothing wrong with also putting them in rotation after dark. If you love Rebecca Minkoff's adorable camera bags as much as we do, then shop your favorite hue below.
Katie Holmes paired her favorite Derek Lam camera bag with matching satin trousers on her way to the Music Box Theater in NYC. The actress worked her festive bottoms with a sheer embroidered blouse, nubby white cardigan, strappy Christian Louboutin pumps, and a black leather tote. Re-create Katie's latest outfit for a lunch date with friends or pair her bottoms with this sequin Ted Baker top ($145) for a stylish holiday party alternative.
Katie Holmes has a fab new Derek Lam camera bag and she's been toting it all around NYC. Recently, the actress worked her red crossbody bag in two fashionable ways: during the day with an Isabel Marant dress and Rag & Bone booties, then at night with a red dress, denim jacket, and Isabel Marant Western boots. Get a closer look at both looks, then shop her exact pieces for yourself.
While running around NYC, Katie Holmes has been showing off her new Fall bag: this red Derek Lam camera bag ($1,390), which also comes in tan and black. If you recall, camera bags gained popularity during Summer and they're still going strong. If you've been wanting to get in on the cool trend, we recommend Katie's red Derek Lam bag because it has an undeniably rich hue that would look good with any outfit, it's small but roomy enough to fit your necessities, and the crossbody strap means you can be hands free while running all your errands.
Keep your camera in the case and you know it's safe, but will it be available at a moment's notice? Photographers want to capture moments as they happen, but we also want to keep our precious tech protected as much as possible. To the rescue: the shoot-through Cloak Bag ($69), which solves the accessibility vs. protection conundrum.
Made from light and durable fabric, this case features a fold-up door or "cape," which you can easily lift up to take photos with the camera still in the bag. Even better, it adjusts to the camera you are using without interfering with the lens so you can focus with ease. As a bonus, the bag does not scream "camera bag," so it's a handy disguise on any adventure.
Camera-style bags have been trending for quite some time now — ever since Alexander Wang introduced them on his runway in Spring 2009 — but the celebrity world still hasn't stopped crushing. Rihanna was spotted in NYC carrying Wang's denim-colored camera bag back in June 2009 — here is the cobalt version ($725) — and now Rachel Bilson was snapped in Hollywood carrying a more structured black camera-style bag with her casual cool ensemble, including these Goldsign cuffed jeans ($288). With Summer on its way and sightseeing vacations coming up, camera bags are the perfect way to simultaneously be in on fashion and function. Shop our favorite camera bags to get in on the fashion-forward trend now.
Incase is making it easy to refresh your camera case this season with its updated camera bag collection for photographers of all levels. There's one for every kind of photographer (and every budget, too): they range in price from $20 to $170 and in sizes to fit your point-and-shoot or a full line of DSLRs, lenses, batteries, and other essentials. Get a closer look at each, along with prices, in the gallery!