Fall’s Biggest Handbag Trends Are A Mix Of Practical And Fun

Irina Grechko
·4 mins read

Are you buying practical fashion for our new at-home lifestyle (matching sweatsuits, house dresses, etc.), or pieces that lift your mood (something to encourage you to get out of those sweatpants)? No need to decide because the runways of New York, London, Milan, and Paris had plenty of both — and that includes accessories. In fact, most of the Fall 2020 handbag trends fell somewhere in between utilitarian and mood-boosting.

The new slate of purses has something for everyone — ranging from supersized totes that can fit all the supplies we need to carry in the time of a pandemic, to furry handbags in vibrant colors that we can’t wait to wear outside when temperatures drop.

Whether you’re on a hunt for a new bag to eventually take to work or one to wear on your daily walks today, ahead, the five trends from Fall 2020 runways that caught our eye and the bags you can shop now.

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<h2>Bags with Chains</h2><br><br>Oversized chains were all over designer runways ranging from JW Anderson (shown here) to Tory Burch and Stella McCartney. Whether in the form of a shoulder strap or shiny hardware detail, these chunky links can add an unexpected element to an otherwise classic satchel or clutch.<span class="copyright">Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.</span>

Bags with Chains



Oversized chains were all over designer runways ranging from JW Anderson (shown here) to Tory Burch and Stella McCartney. Whether in the form of a shoulder strap or shiny hardware detail, these chunky links can add an unexpected element to an otherwise classic satchel or clutch.Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.
<br><br><strong>Studio 33</strong> Woke OG Shoulder Flap Bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopbop.com%2Fwoke-shoulder-flap-studio-33%2Fvp%2Fv%3D1%2F1584312183.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopbop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopbop</a>


Studio 33 Woke OG Shoulder Flap Bag, $, available at Shopbop
<br><br><strong>Kara</strong> Chain-embellished clutch, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.farfetch.com%2Fshopping%2Fwomen%2Fkara-chain-embellished-clutch-item-15533480.aspx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Farfetch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Farfetch</a>


Kara Chain-embellished clutch, $, available at Farfetch
<br><br><strong>Mango</strong> Chain mini bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.mango.com%2Fus%2Fwomen%2Fbags-small%2Fchain-mini-bag_77002913.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a>


Mango Chain mini bag, $, available at Mango
<br><br><strong>By Far, Far</strong> Rachel Croc-Effect Shoulder Bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mytheresa.com%2Fen-us%2Fby-far-rachel-croc-effect-shoulder-bag-1469458.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:mytheresa" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">mytheresa</a>


By Far, Far Rachel Croc-Effect Shoulder Bag, $, available at mytheresa
<br><h2>Oversized Bags</h2><br><br>While bags have been getting smaller and smaller in the last few years, this fall — if we are to believe the runways of Sies Marjan (pictured here), Longchamp, and Bottega Veneta — promises the return of the oversized bag. Good thing: In the age of COVID-19, we’re not hesitating to <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/08/9958129/micro-purse-trend-end-pandemic" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:trade the micro bag for a comically large one" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">trade the micro bag for a comically large one</a>.<span class="copyright">Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.</span>

Oversized Bags



While bags have been getting smaller and smaller in the last few years, this fall — if we are to believe the runways of Sies Marjan (pictured here), Longchamp, and Bottega Veneta — promises the return of the oversized bag. Good thing: In the age of COVID-19, we’re not hesitating to trade the micro bag for a comically large one.Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.
<br><br><strong>Staud</strong> Oversized Tote, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstaud.clothing%2Fproducts%2Foversized-tote-toile-de-jouy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Staud" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Staud</a>


Staud Oversized Tote, $, available at Staud
<br><br><strong>FP Collection</strong> Double Knot Hobo, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.freepeople.com%2Fshop%2Fdouble-knot-hobo%2F%3Fcolor%3D023%26type%3DREGULAR%26size%3DOne%2520Size%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free People</a>


FP Collection Double Knot Hobo, $, available at Free People
<br><br><strong>rag & bone</strong> Passenger Tote, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopbop.com%2Fpassenger-tote-rag-bone%2Fvp%2Fv%3D1%2F1501064855.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopbop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopbop</a>


rag & bone Passenger Tote, $, available at Shopbop
<br><br><strong>Nanushka</strong> Sahara tote bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.farfetch.com%2Fshopping%2Fwomen%2Fnanushka-sahara-tote-bag-item-13970440.aspx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Farfetch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Farfetch</a>


Nanushka Sahara tote bag, $, available at Farfetch
<br><h2>Furry Bags</h2><br>Somehow designers, ranging from Claudia Li (shown here) to Altuzarra and Dries Van Noten, knew we would need all the coziness we could get by sending out bags in fuzzy, furry textures. Fun to wear outside during cooler months, these soft bags can also double as home decor. <span class="copyright">Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.</span>

Furry Bags


Somehow designers, ranging from Claudia Li (shown here) to Altuzarra and Dries Van Noten, knew we would need all the coziness we could get by sending out bags in fuzzy, furry textures. Fun to wear outside during cooler months, these soft bags can also double as home decor. Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.
<br><br><strong>Stand</strong> Lolita Medium Faux-Fur Tote Bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.neimanmarcus.com%2Fp%2Fstand-lolita-medium-faux-fur-tote-bag-prod223630368" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Neiman Marcus" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Neiman Marcus</a>


Stand Lolita Medium Faux-Fur Tote Bag, $, available at Neiman Marcus
<br><br><strong>Glamorous</strong> Faux Fur Cross Body Bag in Camel, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fglamorous%2Fglamorous-exclusive-faux-fur-cross-body-bag-in-camel%2Fprd%2F20485966" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


Glamorous Faux Fur Cross Body Bag in Camel, $, available at ASOS
<br><br><strong>Loeffler Randall</strong> Zelda Feather Baguette Crossbody, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.revolve.com%2Floeffler-randall-zelda-feather-baguette-crossbody%2Fdp%2FLOEF-WY125" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Revolve" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Revolve</a>


Loeffler Randall Zelda Feather Baguette Crossbody, $, available at Revolve
<br><br><strong>Brother Vellies</strong> 2020 Mini Island Bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbrothervellies.com%2Fcollections%2Fbags%2Fproducts%2F2020-mini-island-bag" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Brother Vellies" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Brother Vellies</a>


Brother Vellies 2020 Mini Island Bag, $, available at Brother Vellies
<br><h2>Asymmetrical Clutches</h2><br>Clutches have undergone a makeover and are now deliberately misshapen. For proof, look at the runways of Bottega Veneta (seen here) and Alexander McQueen. Uneven edges, sculptural shapes, and unexpected silhouettes are all in.<span class="copyright">Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.</span>

Asymmetrical Clutches


Clutches have undergone a makeover and are now deliberately misshapen. For proof, look at the runways of Bottega Veneta (seen here) and Alexander McQueen. Uneven edges, sculptural shapes, and unexpected silhouettes are all in.Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.
<br><br><strong>Khaore</strong> Althaarah in Black Embossed Croc, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fneedsupply.com%2Falthaarah-in-black-embossed-croc%2FWPF11496.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Need Supply Co" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Need Supply Co</a>


Khaore Althaarah in Black Embossed Croc, $, available at Need Supply Co
<br><br><strong>Mansur Gavriel</strong> Blush Mini Cloud Clutch, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.olivela.com%2Fproducts%2Fmansur-gavriel-blush-mini-cloud-clutch-474935" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Olivela" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Olivela</a>


Mansur Gavriel Blush Mini Cloud Clutch, $, available at Olivela
<br><br><strong>A.W.A.K.E.</strong> Liv padded clutch bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.farfetch.com%2Fshopping%2Fwomen%2Fawake-mode-liv-padded-clutch-bag-item-14465019.aspx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Farfetch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Farfetch</a>


A.W.A.K.E. Liv padded clutch bag, $, available at Farfetch
<br><br><strong>Zara</strong> PLEATED LEATHER SHOULDER BAG, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zara.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Fpleated-leather-shoulder-bag-p16588510.html%3Fv1%3D51041276%26v2%3D1591216" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zara</a>


Zara PLEATED LEATHER SHOULDER BAG, $, available at Zara
<br><h2>Clasp Bags</h2><br>Retro-esque bags with metal frames and kiss clasps made ladylike appearances on the runways of Miu Miu (pictured here), Chanel, and Lanvin. These aren’t the coin bags of your grandmother though. Updated for today, they are not only more modern-looking and equipped with straps, but can also accommodate a lot more than just money and lipstick.<span class="copyright">Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.</span>

Clasp Bags


Retro-esque bags with metal frames and kiss clasps made ladylike appearances on the runways of Miu Miu (pictured here), Chanel, and Lanvin. These aren’t the coin bags of your grandmother though. Updated for today, they are not only more modern-looking and equipped with straps, but can also accommodate a lot more than just money and lipstick.Photo: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images.
<br><br><strong>Tory Burch</strong> Small Cleo Leather Shoulder Bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.saksfifthavenue.com%2Ftory-burch-small-cleo-leather-shoulder-bag%2Fproduct%2F0400012712317" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Saks Fifth Avenue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Saks Fifth Avenue</a>


Tory Burch Small Cleo Leather Shoulder Bag, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
<br><br><strong>Nunoo</strong> Saki Clutch, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopbop.com%2Fsaki-clutch-nunoo%2Fvp%2Fv%3D1%2F1584334645.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopbop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopbop</a>


Nunoo Saki Clutch, $, available at Shopbop
<br><br><strong>Topshop</strong> Quilted Faux Leather Clutch, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Ftopshop-quilted-faux-leather-clutch%2F5691748" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>


Topshop Quilted Faux Leather Clutch, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><br><strong>MANU ATELIER</strong> Ruched Demi Bag, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopbop.com%2Fruched-demi-manu-atelier%2Fvp%2Fv%3D1%2F1503941603.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopbop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopbop</a>


MANU ATELIER Ruched Demi Bag, $, available at Shopbop

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