Whilst London Fashion Week was all about the AW19 collections (and gorgeous they were), with spring round the corner, we’re looking to the hottest summer fashion trends to dictate our new season wardrobe, and that includes which designer handbags to invest in.
So we rounded up the major bag trends from our favourite SS19 catwalk shows to bring you the hottest bag trends everyone will be wearing this season. Take note below.
Barbie was right: life in plastic definitely is fantastic. From Balmain to Mary Katrantzou and Brandon Maxwell, it was all about the see-through bag, whether a large tote or small clasp bag. One word of advice for this trend: do curate your belongings so it still looks stylish, it’s just not the same vibe if you can see your tampons and your smints.
Printed totes are back, and not a moment too soon considering it’s essential to have one for all the extra stuff you can’t lug around in your micro bag, another huge trend for spring/summer. We loved the neon touches at Rejina Pyo and the gorgeous prints at Self-Portrait and Alexa Chung.
Last season was all about the basket bag, but this year we are embracing another natural trend: the crochet bag. Think a softer, more wearable version of the trend, in neutral tones of beige, sand and brown. Perfect for tonal dressing, as seen at Jacquemus, Isabel Marant and Chanel.
Shells were all over our jewellery last summer, and it was only a matter of time before they made it onto our handbags. Stella McCartney, Chanel, Michael Kors and Rixo all gave us major wanderlust with their designs. Time to book that beach holiday pronto.
Holding your handbag is so last year, this season it’s all about wearing it around your neck. Models at Erdem, Burberry and Gabriela Hearst all wore dainty versions, ranging from tassel purses to faux-croc cardholders.
Snap clasp bags
Think handbags the Queen would wear, aka the ladylike bag. They are basically an oversized old-fashion coin purse with a classy snap fastening at the top, and perhaps a nice tortoiseshell chain strap. Look to Coach and Simone Rocha for inspiration.
We’re not talking fanny packs here, but a much chicer version. Think a dressier take on the builder’s utility belt, preferably with a few different pockets, a la Vuitton, Ferragamo or Fendi.
Scroll down to shop the major bag trends for SS19.
MAME see-through clutch bag, £233 at FARFETCH
MARY KATRANTZOU whale inflatable toy chain bag, £528 at FARFETCH
Topshop round tote bag, £10
Rejina Pyo Green Lucie Crinkle Tote, £265 at Browns
LOEFFLER RANDALL Bessie bow-embellished gingham canvas tote, £110 at Net-A-Porter
CULT GAIA Angelou small tasseled crochet clutch, £290 at Net-A-Porter
jacquemus LE PETIT BACI BASKET IN BEIGE RAFFIA, £385 at MONNIER Frères
MY BEACHY SIDE Aphrodite bamboo-handle beaded crochet bag, £225 at MATCHESFASHION.COM
RIXO Jemima leather top handle bag, £345 at Selfridges
Michael Kors Amalfi Mini Floral Brocade Shoulder Bag, £895
VALENTINO VLTN Wallet Lanyard in Black, £285
SIMONE ROCHA Flower feather-trimmed satin tote, £595 at NET-A-PORTER
Topshop Tint Tortoiseshell Clip Frame Bag, £25
GABRIELA HEARST Leather utility belt, £995 at NET-A-PORTER
Fendi belt bag, £850
ZARA ANIMAL PRINT CROSSBODY BELT BAG, £19.99