Spring is in the air, and with it comes a slew of fresh spring trends to delve into, along with the blooming of flowers and the shedding of puffer coats. New handbags are always the easiest (and often most fun) trends to pull off—unlike dresses or shoes, you never have to worry about purchasing the incorrect size or developing blisters—which is why we've compiled a list of the only six bag trends you need to know for the coming season.
We're still trying to wrap our heads around all the various trends that were launched on the spring/summer 2022 runways, from brilliant colors to the comeback of the maxi dress, even if they were months ago. Indeed, there were so many discoveries to unpack that we're only now reporting on possibly our favorite area of focus: handbags, four months later. We've obviously been saving the best for last. Here are the greatest pieces to add to your shopping basket before everyone else, from bright pops to vintage carryalls.
With nothing more to add here are the 10 best spring handbag trends that we’ve spotted.
We're still trying to wrap our heads around all the various trends that were launched on the spring/summer 2022 runways, from brilliant colors to the comeback of the maxi dress, even if they were months ago. Indeed, there were so many discoveries to unpack that we're only now reporting on possibly our favorite area of focus: handbags, four months later. We've obviously been saving the best for last.
The wide, slouchy, and plush carryall gets an upgrade this season. There's little reason not to sling one of these under your shoulder this spring, with Tod's elegant stitching, Neous knot trimming, and Bottega Veneta woven leather embellishments.
The revival of the baguette bag impacted this style as well, although it isn't necessarily related to anyone shape—they can be soft and rounded or highly structured. The main throughlines are big shoulder-length straps (no tiny chain links or very thin leather) and medium-size—large enough to contain your basics plus a book or tablet.
The team is still split on the return of the supersized carryall—some hail it as a return of practical totes that can fit their entire lives and still look cool, while others are relieved to be free of all that (literal) baggage—but the runways were littered with totes perfect for schlepping in style. While the majority of the trendy items have a very typical horizontal tote design, there are also slouchier woven silhouettes and vertically-oriented structured styles.
Perhaps large is the ideal size. Designers from Chanel to Tory Burch are still promoting huge totes made of sturdy materials like cotton, canvas, and linen.
Okay, they didn't have to be real neon colors, but bright solid-color purses were everywhere during fashion month. They're a quick and easy way to liven up a simple outfit, and they look best in petite designs like clutches or mini crossbodies, rather than totes. The most popular colors appear to be hues of green, pink, and periwinkle (Pantone's color of the year for 2022), but if sky blue or cherry red is more your taste, go for those.
This year, Mims believes that people will want to experiment with colors that are a little out of the ordinary. "So maybe something more taupe will replace it instead of your usual tan purse," she observes. "I see people wanting to add a little color to their everyday life, no matter if it is on the way to work, or if you are working remotely and feel like spicing up the daily grocery shopping tour," says Yvonne Koné, founder of her namesake premium Italian-made leather goods line.
In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in sustainable fashion and eco-friendly buying methods, leading to a rebirth of interest in secondhand shopping. Throwback handbags have become something of a badge of pride, thanks to the influx of nostalgia-based fads. The current fashionable vintage piece rotates—for a while, it was the Dior Lady bag, then Prada's nylon shoulder bag, then Carrie Bradshaw's famous Fendi baguette—but practically any style that was popular in the 1990s or early 2000s is likely to be a favorite. To find your old throwback favorites, check out resale sites like ReBag, The RealReal, Tradesy, or your local thrift shops.
Structure, both in life and in your handbag collection, can be overdone at times. Designers like Jonathan Anderson of JW Anderson and Loewe and Daniel Lee, previously of Bottega Veneta, created purses with drapey, curving lines that are both useful accessories and works of art for such circumstances.
Why not buy a single model that does both, rather than carrying two bags—one stylish small bag and a throwaway canvas tote for everything that doesn't fit in said mini bag? At least, that's what it appears designers are thinking about this spring. Givenchy, Fendi by Versace, Isabel Marant, and more designers introduced larger-than-life purses that can fit, well, anything.
Kitsch bags are back, complete with all the frills a lady could desire. Feathers, pearls, diamonds, chains, gems, and oddly realistic portrayals (like Kate Spade's "I Love NY" apple-shaped crossbody) are all hugely popular right now, and not only for special events. For an added dose of excitement, pair your feathery clutch with jeans and a simple shirt, or Cult Gaia's must-have Hera bag with a simple floral midi dress.
Moya Annece, co-founder and creative director of Ashya, a minimalist handbag manufacturer located in New York, has noticed an increase in these fascinating bags as well. "We believe modest and fun accessories will make a big comeback as a trend for the new year," she says TZR, "with the resurgence of major social events and parties."
These grown-up clutch-like products, which are essentially handbags, are begging us to bring only what we need. Don't worry, the top handles, flaps, and zipper closures will keep your belongings safe.
With the 2000s trend still going strong, it's no surprise that reimagined wristlets are finding their way down the runway. The dangle-on-your-wrist accessories that accompanied us everywhere in seventh grade are back, but they definitely don't look anything like the ones you had back then. Rather, designers like Fendi, Tod's, and Chanel have created adult-style wristlets, and we want them all.