From super-sized totes, bumbags and micro-pouches to timeless classics, shop our pick of the best new season designer handbags
The latest designer handbags ticking all the SS18 summer fashion trends have dropped, and there’s no better time than the present to invest in one. Now I appreciate it’s a big purchase, so to save you time and effort, we’ve rounded-up our fashion-editor approved best designer handbags from the new season that suit all tastes, styles, daily needs and budgets (yes, really).
If there is one piece worthy of investment each season, it has to be a designer handbag (and if you don’t believe me, some brands are literally a better financial investment than gold). And while many designers are on-trend with their offering, there are also some classic styles that never go out of fashion out there too.
The best arm candy for SS18 ranges from the super-sized, with the coolest carry-alls in every colour, prints and texture imaginable, to must-have micros, the small yet perfectly formed little numbers for minimal effort, with maximum impact. Belt up with the return of the bumbag, or break out a funky beach bag in classic straw or a bright alternative, these standout styles will carry you through the season.
You could clash colours a la Loewe or J.W. Anderson, while you can always trust Anya Hindmarch and Hill & Friends for some acid pops of colour and novelty designs – think smiley faces and emoji bags.
For something avant-guard, look to the likes of Balenciaga or Off-White, for some seriously tongue-in-cheek yet sculptural designs.
If your heart is set on something a little sleeker and modern, then go down the chic Stella McCartney, Chloé or Céline route. These beautiful bags will pay for themselves when you work out the cost per wear – persuaded? Thought so.
Somewhere in the middle, you have your classics with a twist. Think modern Manu Atelier satchels, Mulberry’s bucket-bags and basically anything from Tom Ford.
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New to the Burberry collection is this statement tote bag featuring a reversible design, with an eye-catching doodle print on one side and the signature check on the other.
Easy to wear and in SS18’s lilac shade of the season, this bucket bag is pretty-pastel-perfect for spring days ahead.
Based on the knot in a traditional Japanese obi sash, Acne Studio’s Musubi handbag is perfectly proportioned for on-the-go chic.
The classic bucket bag gets deconstructed with a cool and contemporary update in statement Jacquemus style.
The Loewe puzzle bag is still hot stuff, though this season, we like it in a soft rusty shade.
Coach’s key holiday bag, as seen on the ever wonderful Selena Gomez.
Fendi’s Kan I shoulder bag is the perfect way to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe from winter through to spring.
Bye bye pliage, hello new French It bag.
Already a Chloé icon, the Nile cross body bag is instantly recognised with its saddle silhouette and round metal top handle.
Taking a classic black tote and adding signature splashes of bold, contrasting colours, is the perfect combination for this Roksanda statement bag.
Super versatile, this Marni pannier bag brings an instant spring refresh.
An ideal update for your SS18 wardrobe, this classic large tote bag is perfect for all your essentials and more!
Meet Sophie Hulme’s new hero bag with her signature straw detailing.
A bucket bag with vibrant raffia colour blocking, what’s not to love? From sunbathing to staycationing, a sure winner for sunnier days.
Embellished with beads and feathers, this Attico pouch is a party showstopper and right on trend for SS18.
A futuristic take on a classic.
This is the luxurious retro styling Aspinal of London we know and love with a splash of colour, for an instant spring update.
Noted for their signature origami-like knot detailing, NO.21 have a gorgeous selection of structured clutches that will carry you from season to season.
An edgier alternative for the mini pouch bag, this Nina Ricci style in black leather will work day to night.
Taking micro-mania to the extreme, this teeny-tiny bag reworks The Row’s coveted medicine pouch-inspired bag into a structured cross-body style.
Worn on the shoulder or as a clutch, we love Joseph’s modern take on the satchel with its boxy shape and zip details.
The Sofia bag is a wardrobe staple with a timeless shape in pretty pastel hues.
One for the logo mania lovers, backpacks don’t get more fashion than this.
Slouchy and oversized, this Isabel Marant shopper is a go-to staple for effortless cool.
Looking for your belt bag fix? Look no further than Miu Miu’s latest offering for a lux sports athleisure look this Spring.
We’re dreaming of a summer get-away with this oversized raffia Loewe tote, ticking off many a SS18 trend with its boho vibe and leather logo.
Fierce yet classic.
In gorgeous sunset orange leather this Simon Miller bag has got us dreaming of warmer days and sunnier wardrobes.
One for brightening up your wardrobe, who said fashion has to be serious?
3.1 Phillip Lim’s take on the shopper trend is as laid-back and cool as ever with its asymmetric aesthetic, neutral shades, and oversized appeal.
A minimalist approach to the statement micro-trend, we love Mansur Gabriel’s pretty and polished white circle bag for SS18.
This Victoria Beckham quilted shoulder bag couldn’t be any softer or slouchier – perfect for every-day wear.
Though Gucci’s bum bag is all anyone could talk about when it was first presented on the catwalk, this chic new season shoulder bag is much more wearable.
For ultimate poolside chic look no further than this handwoven wicker Prada bag.
A signature style for Manu Atelier, this structured bag in fiery red is sure to catch any fashionista’s eye this spring.
Fun, cute and rainbow-tastic, inject some cheekiness into your summer style.
Big enough to fit all your essentials without looking bulky, this bag is cleverly made from just one single piece of leather.