Accessories are essentials, so they should change with the rest of your seasonal wardrobe. One of the easiest ways to upgrade your wardrobe is with the addition of a new handbag. It’s an easy way to play with structure, colour, material, and more. The pandemic has hurt the luxury business, but it hasn’t dampened the love or excitement that new purses spark in the hearts of fans. As the year takes a more optimistic turn, this is reflected in what we wear out in public once again. Bags, an accessory truly made to be worn outside our homes, finally have their moment – out of their dust bags and back in the sun. We are finally feeling ready to step out.
If you think about it, a handbag is one of the most important purchases you make. You need a piece that you can trust to guard and protect your most valuable possessions. On the other hand, you use it every day, so versatility and style are both key components. Consider investing in bags that are designed in a rainbow of hues, crafted in interesting materials, and adorned with head-turning details like chunky chains and pearl detailing alike.
This year, so many new bag trends have popped up all over the runways. The styles for the upcoming fall/winter season are super cute. With the endless stream of bags the fall 2021 runways left in their wake, you might be wondering where to start your shopping. Not to worry, we did our homework curating your go-to list for the biggest bag trends of the season. When we’re planning all our fall outfits, no look would be complete without a great bag in tow. Runway shows and Instagram scrolling inspire us to show you the hottest handbags of the season.
We have gathered up six key trends that are timeless, and are worthy investments.
Chained bags: Chained bags have been having a significant moment for quite some time now; they’re surely hot-sellers in 2021 already. A substantial chain strap is a nod to a classic handbag detail, but in a very 2021 ‘step it up to step out’ way. Bottega Veneta may have championed this trend but the fashion industry is quick to discover what the people want and hence you can see many variations of this chunky chain design. There are plenty of fabulous options available so you can find your own take on this trend. Even with a sleek tone-on-tone look, a shiny, chunky chain can turn a basic everyday outfit into something oh-so-luxurious. Thick chain-link straps add some edge and shine to any purse.
Candy colours: If you are in the mood to make heads turn, ditch your usual black, brown and beige bags for a splash of colour. If you need a pop of colour in your outfit, a candy colour bag is an ideal choice. As we have seen in runways, designers gave us plenty of pieces to pick. Shapes like satchels, totes and hobos are great everyday handbags that are available in many colours.
Fendi, Chloé and Versace all sent colourful handbags down the runway, from pastel pink to bright green, neon orange to candy-coloured purple. No matter what your favourite bag silhouette, consider dipping your toe into the world of colour this season.
Over sized bags: Large bags in different textures, colours, and shapes are the ultimate trend for this year. With the oversized bags that made their runway debut earlier this year, brands such as Tom Ford and Fendi have given a whole new meaning to the prefix ‘maxi’.
Whether you have somewhere to go or not, large handbags are back in fashion and it has a long way to go from here. With this ‘one bag fits all’ trend, you can experiment with different textures, shapes and colours to use it as an upgrade to your work handbag or as a travel tote.
Woven and crochet bags: Crochet and woven bags fit well into the fall/winter 2021 bag trends since they match very well with all of the cosy crochets and knits that we saw on the runways. It’s not the most typical texture for a handbag to have, especially when considering the designs it was combined with. A great example of this is Fendi, where tightly woven bags showed up both as large, plush handbags and in the form of tiny coin purses.
Mini handles: Back in the ’90s, when shoulder bags were everywhere. The only difference in 2021? No shoulder is needed. Mini top handles were a common feature of the autumn collections, upgrading many runway looks. Small enough not to compromise convenience, but bold enough to position themselves as statement bags, bags with small handles will be everywhere this fall.
Clutches: Fancy attires and glitzy heels won’t complement your ensemble until you flaunt your look with complementary accessories to personify your fashion sense. Designer clutches for women are a must-have accessory to glam up your ensemble this season. Dress up your fall 'fits with an elegant clutch that includes an additional chain strap.
As Coco Chanel said, ‘simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance’ a long-lasting, classic clutch is worth the investment. A clutch can definitely elevate your evening look.