As we’re well into the new year, you’re probably wondering how to optimize your wardrobe for maximum sartorial points. If you haven’t thought about it, selecting a handbag can transform your outfit not only aesthetically but even functionally. This year’s crop of arm candy isn’t drastically different from 2022 but continues to play on both form and function depending on your needs. Think blown-up proportions for those in need of storage, to show-stopping shine for when you’re in ‘main character’ mood.
Check out this year’s top bag trends to start looking for your next favorite companions:
Sure, 2022 was no stranger to the oversized carryall but this year’s banner literally screams: The bigger, the better. If you’re tired from the tiny baguettes you’ve been using these past few seasons, it’s high time you go big–like the woven mega bags from Bottega Veneta or the extra-large totes from Loewe.
2. High Shine
Designers have been embracing exaggerated glamour in the name of fun, giving birth to sparkly purses featuring dangling crystals, rhinestones, beads, and glitter. Made not just for special occasions, these bags work well even with casual outfits–consider dressing up a day dress with a studded handbag or elevate those baggy jeans with a bedazzled clutch.
3. Noughties Fever
We can’t count how many times we’ve referenced the 2000s last year but it appears the Y2K trend isn’t going anywhere. Thanks to the success of bags like Diesel’s 1DR, Balenciaga’s Le Cagole, and Prada’s Re-Edition nylon bags, you can still count on compact purses for style cred. Mix it up with Miu Miu’s Matelasse hobo bags for texture or a Fendi baguette with paillettes.
4. Boxed Up
An unexpected trend that’s more ornamental than practical, little box-shaped bags dominated the runways, adding edge and a modern element to even the simplest of outfits. Opt for Coperni’s white top handle for minimalism or one of Tory Burch’s vibrant renditions for a pop of color. Size too small for you? Fret not as larger box bags are also au courant.
5. Surreal Sidekicks
All work no play makes a dreary wardrobe, don’t you think? On the other side of the spectrum opposite from totes and structured bags is the whimsical flair offered by playful designs like Simone Rocha’s Fabergé egg, J.W. Anderson’s beachy Bumper Bag, and Alaïa’s heart-shaped crimson crossbody. Conversation pieces for seriously fun fashion.
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