From ladylike totes and slouchy suede bags to timeless classics, shop our pick of the best new season designer handbags
The latest designer handbags ticking all the AW17 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 the best fashion-editor approved new season bags 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.
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 (yes, of the Balenciaga blue bag fame) 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 and velvet purses, Mulberry’s round bags and basically anything from Tom Ford.
Still struggling? Here are five designer bags worth the detour.
Best designer handbags to invest in now
Chanel boy bag
The Chanel boy bag is a timeless classic that has been proven to increase in value over time. For AW17, it gets a cool new grey shade.
Shop now: Chanel boy bag for £3,890 from Chanel
Céline black belt bag
This Céline belt bag is a key style this season, yet it’s classic enough to stand the test of time.
Shop now: PRODUCT for €2,000 from Céline
Balenciaga striped tote
Balenciaga is having a bit of a moment, and was the accessory brand of choice of many an influencers at Fashion Week. Totes are big news this season (as are stripes), and are for SS18 also, so this style is a great investment.
Off-White leather tote
Want to always have your finger on the fashion pulse? Be aware that Off-White is the name on every fashion editor’s lips at the moment, much like Reformation a few seasons ago. this tongue-in-cheek tote will suit all your needs, and then some.
Staud bucket bag
The Moreau has become a bit of a cult classic on Instagram, and for good reason. It combines utility with style, thanks to its bucket design with hoop handles and net finish.
Shop now: MOREAU BUCKET BAG for £285 from Staud
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This slouchy velvet bag ticks all the best AW17 trends. It’s quite simply the perfect office to party bag.
Meet Sophie Hulme’s new hero bag, in the colour of the season: dark red.
We fell in love with this trunk bag as soon as we spotted on the catwalk.
The cult Fabella bag gets a check makeover for AW17 and looks all the better for it.
The Loewe puzzle bag is still hot stuff, though this season, we like it in a rusty autumnal shade.
Who else would make paperchains fun again?
Though Gucci’s bum bag is all anyone could talk about when it was first presented on the catwalk, this chic bucket bag is much more wearable.
Coach’s key holiday bag, as seen on the ever wonderful Selena Gomez.
Bye bye pliage, hello new French It bag.
Simple and playful all in one.
To coincide with an exhibition in Frankfurt dedicated to Jil Sander’s life and designs, her famous Tootie bag has been re-imagined by Luke and Lucie Meier recreated for their SS18 show. You can buy the limited edition bag now.
Who said fashion had to be serious?
Chloé’s Marcie bag is the chic way to do the boho trend.
A futuristic take on a classic.
Backpacks don’t get more fashion than this.
Sometimes, it’s fun to succumb to new trends, and Prada’s textured shoulder bag is the fun way to do it.
Team this hardworking bag with a chic roll neck jumper and cropped trousers, with brogues and a duster coat.
Fendi’s Kan I shoulder bag is the perfect way to add a pop of colour to your winter wardrobe.