5 Of The Best Bag Trends To Try Now

For us, a beautifully crafted bag is a better investment than any individual garment. It goes without saying that we adore clothes, but a handbag, which is carried most days and often stores our most valued possessions, is an instant indication of your style. Revisited throughout the year (and potentially over decades), your go-to carryall is a part of your daily uniform, your armor; it’s one of the first things we present to the world of the aesthetic we wish to project. Compact and chic, oversized and ostentatious, practical and minimal, a bag can become an extension of ourselves.

Conversely, if you see a bag as a just playful accessory to switch up constantly and add drama to your look, then even more reason for it to be directional, fun, and functional. And if you consider a bag to be purely practical, well, now may be the time to look away. Because the five trends ahead — what we’re calling the most ubiquitous of 2017 — are anything but boring.

The Ring Bag
Whether it’s the J.W.Anderson Pierce or the Chloé Nile, ring bags are having a moment. Visually bold, the circular-shaped design detail is the defining feature on 2017’s It bag, and Topshop’s structured take on the silhouette is at the top of our list. At under-$50, this fast-fashion version of the trend is a fraction of the price of its luxury counterparts (though it could easily be mistaken for one). Wear as crossbody to nail two bag trends in one.

Topshop bag.

Photographed by Ana Cuba.

The New Bucket Bag
Make like a street style star with this Insta-worthy bag. Though we love offerings from Mansur Gavriel, Proenza Schouler, Staud, and Zara, Simon Miller is the real master of the modern bucket bag. This Bonsai 20 bucket bag has been referred to as “The Smallest Ever It Bag” and is a firm favorite of Net-A-Porter fashion director Lisa Aiken. Reimagined in rich tobacco, the cylindrical style is handcrafted from Nubuck and finished off with two acrylic tortoiseshell handles. Surprisingly spacious considering its size, there’s room for a phone, wallet, and makeup compact.

Simon Miller Bonsai 20 Nubuck Bucket Bag, $590, available at Net-A-Porter.

Photographed by Ana Cuba.

The Vintage-Style Treasure
The retro metal handbag chain had a resurgence on the runway this year, but this Jacquemus bag stood out from the crowd thanks to its ingenious design and pastel pink hue. Creating a ‘halo’ from the round top handle through to the gold-tone metal chain detailing, this playful beauty is perfect for those who really want to make a statement.

Jacquemus Le Petit Rond Small Bag with Gold Chain, $783, available at Farfetch.

Photographed by Ana Cuba.

The Embellished Bag
Whether it’s studs, faux fur, tassels, pearls, sequins, or gems, all the best evening bags this season are embellished. For fall ’17, London-based label Shrimps reintroduced its sellout Antonia bag. Inspired by the popular 2016 beaded original, this season’s Antonia is reworked with intricate faux pearl beading. Spotted repeatedly on Insta style queen Camille Charrière, this piece is the finest finishing touch to any party outfit.

Shrimps bag.

Photographed by Ana Cuba.

The Statement Strap
If you don’t have the time or money to find a new bag, a statement strap is an ideal way to update your look. From Dior ‘s thick-strapped crossbody to this pink leather shoulder bag with an adjustable and detachable orange and black woven strap from streetwear brand of the moment, Off-White, there’s no escaping them.

Off-White Pink Warning Tape Shoulder Bag, $969, available at Browns Fashion.

Photographed by Ana Cuba.

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