While even some of the best designer handbag trends can go in and out of style, there are a handful of silhouettes that stand the test of time.
Think of these styles as the ultimate handbag essentials. Similar to a black blazer, white t-shirt or pair of blue jeans, a good handbag is just as important in the wardrobe – and there is a version for every occasion, season and personal style.
From raised tote bags to cult crossbody bags, from fun sizes to functional (that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re impractical!), Here’s our guide to all essential handbag silhouettes and styles.
Raised tote bags
No more basic rectangular bins! It’s time to invest in something so spacious, practical and versatile, but much less expected.
When your planner calls for something a little more casual, put the leather aside and hang on to something nylon or patent.
The small but mighty
Despite their small appearance, miniature bags make a strong impression. After returning for several seasons, they have proven to be an enduring style rather than a fleeting trend.
The new evening bags
Take a break from those stiff, bulky pouches and go for something softer and more comfortable to wear. Plus, these styles will suit all of your evening needs.
Minimalist shoulder bags
Sleekly designed, neutral in hue and timeless silhouette, the classic crossbody bag gets a chic update you’ll want to wear every day.
The summer touch
It’s always nice to have something seasonal to take with you in the summer, whether it’s woven, canvas, or colorful.
These polished day bags are for the modern woman and will definitely make a great first impression.
One of the best designer handbags to invest in is the classic shoulder strap; styles from Loewe, Gucci, JW Anderson or Coach are a great place to start.