Spring is in the air, and along with the blooming of flowers and shedding of puffer coats comes a wave of new spring trends to dive into. The easiest (and often most fun) trends to pull off are always new handbags—you never have to worry about ordering the wrong size or developing blisters unlike with dresses or sandals—which is why we’ve pulled together a list of the only six bag trends you need to know for the coming season. From colorful pops to throwback carryalls, here are the best pieces to add to your shopping cart before anyone else.
1. Crescent Shapes
The ‘90s baguette bag has evolved into the more modern crescent bag. There are actually a few different versions of the crescent, but all have that distinct curved shape with a noticeable dip in the middle. Some are a bit more off-center, some are truly round as the moon, but all are guaranteed to ring in the compliments and questions of “omg, where did you get that?”
2. Shoulder Styles
This trend was similarly influenced by the return of the baguette bag, but isn’t necessarily linked to any one particular shape—they can be both soft and rounded or sharply structured. The major thru lines here are prominent shoulder-length straps (no dainty chain links or super thin leather) and a medium size—enough to fit your essentials as well as a book or tablet.
3. Petite Neon Pops
OK, so they don’t have to be true neon hues, but handbags in bright solid hues were everywhere during fashion month. They’re a super easy way to add some fun to a basic ensemble and work best in petite silhouettes, like clutches or mini crossbodies, rather than totes. The most popular colors appear to be shades of green, pink and periwinkle (Pantone’s 2022 color of the year), but you could just as easily reach for sky blue or cherry red if that’s more your style.
4. Vintage Revivals
The interest in sustainable fashion and eco-friendly shopping practices has been ramping up in recent years, leading to a resurgence of interest in secondhand shopping. That, plus the rush of nostalgia-based trends has made carrying throwback handbags something like a badge of honor. The hot vintage piece of the moment rotates—for a while it was the Dior Lady bag (above), then Prada’s nylon shoulder bag, then Carrie Bradshaw’s beloved Fendi baguette—but basically any style that was once en vogue in the ‘90s or early aughts is bound to be a hit. Check out resale sites like ReBag, The RealReal, Tradesy or your local thrift shops to track down your old throwback favorites.
Shop the trend: Fendi Shoulder Bag ($658); Gucci Shoulder Bag ($778); Louis Vuitton Monogram Denim Mini Bag ($1,695); Prada Tessuto Re-Edition 2000 Nylon Bag ($1,075); Christian Dior Vintage Lady Dior Bag ($2,905)
5. Oversize Totes
The PureWow team is still divided on the return of the supersized carryall—some herald the return of practical totes that can indeed fit their entire lives and look cool, while others are glad to be free of all that (literal) baggage—but the runways were littered with totes perfect for schlepping in style. And while most of the hottest pieces have a pretty classic horizontal tote shape, there are also slouchier woven silhouettes and vertically-oriented structured styles.
Shop the trend: Cuyana Classic Leather Zipper Tote ($228); Want Les Essentiels Broek XL Econyl Utility Tote ($350); Everlane The Cactus Triangle Tote ($298); Lands’ End Extra Large Canvas Tote Bag ($48); Yvonne Kone Large Filippo Tote ($820); Beis The XL Tote ($74)
6. Party-Ready Embellishments
Kitschy bags are back with all the embellishments a gal could ever wish for. Feathers, pearls, crystals, chains, jewels and weirdly realistic depictions (like Kate Spade’s “I Love NY” apple-shaped crossbody) are all majorly trending, and not just for special occasions. Pair your feathered clutch with jeans and an easy tee or Cult Gaia’s must-have Hera bag with an easy floral midi dress for an extra dose of fun.
Shop the trend: Loeffler Randall Zahara Mini Feather Bag ($295); Antonella Rizza Feather Clutch ($178); Kurt Geiger London Kensington Bag ($185; $111); Nina Lara Feather Clutch ($98; $77); L’alingi Raffia Pearl Bag ($690); Lulus Pearl Clutch ($59); Cult Gaia Banu Mini Fringe Clutch ($498)
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