This Year’s Top 5 Bags Trends
Get carried away with our latest have-to-have silhouettes.
By Natasha Marsh
Slouchy Shoulder Bags
“Grab-and-go is this year’s vibe,” says Kate Johanson, Shopbop’s associate fashion director. “And there isn’t a chicer bag to carry your essentials in than a cool slouchy shoulder bag.” A sling silhouette is perfect for every day, and they come in both casual and more formal options. “Wovens and nylons are great for daytime, while luxe leathers and suedes exude a dressier vibe for night,” Johanson continues. Size up your satchel with a style from Staud or Acne Studios for a slouchy, elevated look.
The iconic bucket bag is a fan favorite for good reason. “The structure and size tend to make it a bit more practical than other crossbodies,” says Johanson. Bucket bags are designed with a roomy interior, offering ample space for your wallet, keys, cosmetics case & everything else you need for days on-the-go. Their cinched tops are what give them their iconic shape, securing your belongings while commuting or traveling. From supple leather iterations from Mansur Gavriel to woven rattan styles from Bembien, the options are endless.
When it comes to tote bags, the bigger the better. Johanson deems the oversized silhouette the must-have style for the office crowd. “Look for totes that are simple and streamlined—they’ll give the impression that you have your act together… even if in reality it’s jam-packed with your laptop, chargers, a change of shoes, and more,” she says. Outfitted with interior pockets and compartments, the major benefit to tote bags are versatility and practicality. “You need a bag that’ll keep up with your busy schedule—and fit all the essentials.” Styles from Altuzarra and Marni will see you through long work days, travel plans, and shopping trips.
“Thanks to the quiet luxury trend, we’re seeing a return of the classic saddle bag,” Johanson shares. The accessory is multi-faceted—offering enough space for your must-haves while simultaneously racking up style points. “The structured equestrian-inspired shape has timeless appeal,” Johanson says. “An added bonus? Adjustable straps convert from cross-bodies to shoulder bags and back again, infinitely adaptable into the style du jour.” Whether you’re planning a getaway and need compartments for a passport, tickets, and cards, or you’re looking to upgrade your everyday style, both Brandon Blackwood and Aje have you covered.
Have an upcoming event on the calendar? The only plus-one you need is a classic clutch. These evening bags run the gamut from sleek styles to beachy woven ones for your vacation wardrobe. “A novel embellished clutch is a chic finishing touch for evening looks,” Johanson says. When stepping out at night, a structured clutch bag or soft pouch is the way to go—it will fit just your essentials, think: a cardholder, lipstick, keys, and phone. Mansur Gavriel and Loeffler Randall make great conversation starters.