Even at the height logomania, nondescript bags remain to be just as popular. In fact, many of today's designer It bags remain to be unembellished. Just take a look at brands like Staud and By Far—just because they're unadorned doesn't mean they're not stylish.
If anything, minimalist and almost denuded totes are making the most noise 'round the fashion world. They're more immune to fading out of the spotlight as trends come and go, leading you to fully maximize their cost-per-wear value. So if you're looking for your next designer bag purchase, then look no further! Below, we curated a list of 10 trendy yet minimalist designer totes that will let you reap the most sartorial mileage:
Minimalist Designer Bags Worth Investing In
1. Croc or Snake Skin Effect
By Far quickly rose to Instagram fame for its incredibly cute nano sizes and candy-colored hues. But for gals who are looking for a bag that's unassuming yet still trendy, we're happy to let you know that By Far also offers snake and croc skin-effect mini bags. Investing in this kind of textured bag is almost a no-brainer. These totes can instantly add a layer of depth to just about any look. Plus, they're an easy ticket to finally trying the print-on-print trend!
Mini snake-effect crossbody bag, $487 (approximately P25,404), BY FAR
Make no mistake—as comfy as it looks, this ain't a pillow. In fact, it's a quilted bag created by John Galliano for Maison Margiela. It debuted back in 2017, inspired by John's obsession for "dressing in haste." This tote takes a special place in this bag list because of its elegant way of straddling both minimalism (with its lack of embellishment) and maximalism (with its puffer style) aesthetic. It's essentially your easy entry into donning both styles at the same time without exerting too much effort. Plus, with its neutral tone, it makes it easier to incorporate into your work wardrobe.
Quilted crossbody bag, $2755 (approximately P143,714), MAISON MARGIELA
If you're after both simplicity and structure, we suggest you head on over Rejina Pyo for your dose of boxy and compact bags. This bag shape adds a contrasting structured yet almost architectural silhouette to your frilly dresses or slinky slip skirts. The juxtaposition of its rigidness and your clothes' movement can completely modernize your look, turning you into a street style star, a suave urbanite, and an all-in-all cool girl.
Olivia Box Bag Leather Croc Black, £495 (approximately P31,8720), REJINA PYO
They say fashion is nothing but cyclical in nature, so whatever has gone around will definitely come back around. Hence, when the cult '90s baguette-shaped bags have resurfaced, we're filled with sartorial and nostalgic glee. Now, while minimalist bags will shove you towards choosing pared back bag styles, we're proposing you take a look at Coach's Tabby tote. It melds with the house's archival 1970s Coach design, further refined with leather and suede finish, a refreshing color block iteration, finished with their iconic hardware clasp.
Tabby Shoulder Bag 26 In Colorblock Vintage Mauve Multi/Brass, $350 (approximately P18,259), COACH
5. Slouch Pouch
Bottega Veneta's new creative director Daniel Lee was definitely onto something. We're absolutely obsessed with one of his first creations for the brand: The Pouch. It's an oversized clutch made with soft folds of smooth leather. This dumpling-esque (or perhaps cloud-like?) shape further highlights the brand's heritage in leather craftsmanship. It also proves that you don't need too many add-ons to get a touch of modern sensibility in your look. In fact, all you need is this slouchy pouch tucked under your arms.
The Pouch in Butter Calf, $2400 (approximately P125,208), BOTTEGA VENETA
6. Belt Bag
Belt bags are nothing new in the world of street style. But whenever Polène gets involved, you're sure to get more than just practicality. You'll also get that easy, fuss-free French girl vibe. When you wear this minimalist belt bag, the once independent accessory is transformed and integrated into your outfit seamlessly, allowing you both movement and effortless style.
Numero Six Ceinture in Tan, $270 (approximately P14,085), POLÈNE PARIS
This season, explore exaggerated and rounded shapes with Staud. We can't look away from their intriguing Moon bag, a statement-making tote that will surely rake up the hearts on your Instagram feed. We're especially drawn to this minimalist bag, which delivers just the right amount of kitsch with equal parts of practicality—seems roomy enough for storing daily essentials as well, don't you think?
Mini moon shoulder bag in Brick, $295 (approximately P15,390), STAUD
8. Pail Bags
The bucket bag remains to be popular among the no-nonsense bag silhouettes. It's got a cavernous interior, which lets you carry around more items. But what we're really eyeing is its new minimalist and structured version: the pail bag. It's got a unique lantern-like shape and offers an understated coolness to your attire. To be specific, we're talking about Cafune's lilac mini basket bag. It's got everything we want in a tote: a refreshing color, a tiny size, and of course, Instagrammable!
Mini Basket Bucket in Lilac, $419 (approximately P21,859), CAFUNÉ
We don't have to tell you again that neutral-toned bags are a must in every girl's arm candy collection, do we?Not only is it versatile enough to be integrated into anyone's closet regardless of her aesthetic; they're never going to fade out of style. But to make your choice of purse extra modern, we suggest you invest in bags that boast of interesting silhouettes, just like Aesther Ekme's (who used to design accessories for Alexander Wang, BTW!) asymmetrical bucket bag. It features clean and bold lines that will surely make heads turn!
Demi Lune bag in Brick, €395 (approximately P22,522), AESTHER EKME
10. Shopper Tote
Medea, a Milanese label founded by Italian twin sisters, has hit the jackpot when it comes to minimalist bags. They've found patrons in celebs like Gigi Hadid and Rihanna for the leather rendition of your fave shopping bag, which makes up for its simple silhouette with a variety of sizes and fun color options. Who wouldn't want to carry them everywhere?
Short Prima Calfskin Leather Bag, $555 (approximately P31,646), MEDEA