So we've heard that you've officially had enough of the Fendi Baguette, the Dior Saddle, Jacquemus' bite-sized mites, and every single one of the similarly-shaped copies that the famous trio's already spawned. Well, in Nadine Lustre's sage, sage words, it's 2020 now, and you're very much free to move right on! Below, collect and select seven burgeoning bag trends to sample and savor in the following 12 months.
Designer Bag Trends 2020:
1. Utilitarian pouches
Jacquard straps and triple-pocketed pieces in no-nonsense, gloriously rainproof nylon are a huge thing right now, especially when paired perfectly with fashion's current fixation on languid boiler suits, roomy cargo pants, and luxe combat boots. Just look at Prada's Re-Edition Hobo (clearly a local fan favorite) and Louis Vuitton's ubiquitous Multi Pochette Accessoires, both of which boast of mile-long wait lists that keep growing.
The best part, in our humble collective opinion, is the avalanche of styling options this duo provides. Remove the attached round coin purses and miscellaneous dangly doodads if you please—they fare equally great with nothing save a delicate chain to perch on your shoulder.
2. Giant totes
Drumroll, please! Almost comically, on the complete and total polar opposite of the size spectrum lies the formidable likes of the Louis Vuitton On-The-Go and the Dior Book Tote, a larger-than-life, logomanic pair that shares that elusive, effortless jetsettin' chic spirit in big doses. It'd honestly be an absolute pleasure to chuck stuff into either of these two with wild abandon, and that's exactly what they want you to do. Go on girl, toss your entire house and your office desk in there.
3. Layered pieces
Okay, fine, maaaybe your eenie meenie Chiquito obsession remains worth something. In case you can't bring yourself to let go, you can take your style savvy up a notch and layer your fave micro purse over its bigger, bolder sis! We'll always love a good ol' mini me.
Another route? Simply carry two tiny tots together. The more, the merrier, as the saying goes.
4. Pillow bags
She's a softie and a toughie in equal spades. Seriously consider, for your next investment purchase, a pick you can honest-to-god sleep on. Marc Jacobs' aptly-named Pillow Bag, the quilted, cloudlike Chanel 19, Saint Laurent's Loulou Puffer, and the cute padded version of Bottega Veneta's Cassette are marshmallowy options that're begging to be snuggled. Sweet dreams, honey.
5. Vanity cases
Not sure you noticed: Toting vanity kits around by their short tophandles like actual bags is legit becoming a thing. The sturdy canvas monogrammed ones are extra multi-purpose: Stash 'em in your luggage to rather predictably hold your beauty loot on a jaunt out of town...
...Then, after you get settled into your hotel, string yours onto a slim silk scarf so that it also serves as your strap-slung tour bud. A brilliant transition. Say goodbye forever to the stress of figuring out how on earth you're going to pack an expensive handbag into your suitcase sans damaging it to death.
6. Boxy slings
Seventies dream coming through. We dedicated an entire thousand-word article to this observation, and its rise certainly isn't slowing down. Sleek and sophisticated, these rectangles are the epitome of laidback luxe. They flaunt a silhouette that's—no exaggeration, double check those e-retailers you enjoy stalking when boredom strikes at midnight—omnipresent at the moment, and nearly every luxury accessory maker is churning an individual version out, typically emblazoned with their flashing brand crest.
We're particularly fond of Gucci's 1955 Horsebit and Dior's ultra popular 30 Montaigne. That said, should you want to search outside the box (get it?!) try on the Valentino V-Sling and the controversial Hedi Slimane-helmed Celine's posh, gilded Triomphe. There's also the Liz Uy-approved Burberry TB, Carolina Herrera's modern classic Initials Insignia...
7. Oversized clutches
So far, it's only Bottega Veneta's madly coveted Pouch that's really scored a point for this budding craze, but you can bet it's off to a huge start. Literally. Going hands-free may feel rather fussy with this number (many have whispered that it's actually a tad too heavy to be carried comfortably under the arm); still, you have to admit that it's a to-die-for lewk.