So you’re in the market for a new luxury bag. It’s a great choice, luxury bags are known for being great in terms of longevity, cost per wear and resale value, not to mention stylish. But there’s a lot to consider, the biggest choice is by far: which bag style do you go for?
From classic bag styles to more out-there styles, all the way to modern twists, here are all the trending luxury handbag styles that are trending in 2023.
This season, designers bought the vibes of summer by utilising basket details and woven motifs in their winter offerings. Handheld bags with woven aesthetics and the now viral Bottega Veneta woven bag are great examples. This bag is a great option if you want to offset extremely winter-oriented clothes with a contrasting, more quaint option.
These are not the basic, seen-everywhere flap bags you’re used to seeing. For 2023 we have the addition of vibrant colour blocking, ornate hardware options, geometric designs and embellishments that catch the eye. If you’re tired of the daily flap bag and neutral designs, this new iteration of flap bags is a great choice. Think Louis Vuitton brand’s monogram bag, now in navy and blue and art motifs.
Pouches & Pockets All Over
A lingering impact of the unwavering interest in cargo pants and all things Gorpcore, means you can see the 2023 bag options flaunting an overabundance of zippers, pockets, and compartments. Fendi’s Resort 2023 assortment contained multi-pocket shoulder handbags and belt bags that would be perfect for people who want to carry everything while taking up less space. Other brands offered split handbags with metallic zippers and practical backpacks and briefcases for the busy woman on the go.
Even the most ardent minimalist can appreciate the subtle edge that chain hardware provides for winter looks. Stella McCartney used colour-coordinating chains to create monochromatic looks this year on the runway. Other brands attached metallic, bike chain-like straps to their satin clutches and swooping shoulder bags for a more outwardly grunge attitude. This is a great choice for elevated minimal looks and street-style fans.
Extra Large Bags
Maximalist may not be here in such a big way, but the oversized bags from last season are lingering into 2023. The look is meant for the people who want to be eye-catching and really has the vibe that you’re carrying everything and the kitchen sink wherever you go. This may not be the most practical of styles straight off the runway, but if you want to translate it to everyday, extra-large tote bags are a great option.
This season on the runway Chanel featured vintage-inspired hard shell bags, making this trend an immediate must-add to your shopping list. The reason it works? It elevates the clutch bag to something much more wearable than the slouchy clutches of last season and can dress up almost any outfit without much effort. This means you will use this bag style long after the trend comes and goes.
Floral Motif Bags
Florals for spring is no new concept, but to see them so close to 2023’s winter season is a new idea. This coming new year, you’re likely to see floral motifs on neutral-coloured bags, and the difference is that these floral motifs will be more pronounced, but look more minimal. This is to help them be a more wearable option, away from the overly noisy floral looks.
Crescent Moon Bags
Remember the slouchy hobo bag? Well, it’s out of trend now. Replacing it is its structured cousin, the crescent moon-shaped structured leather handbag. These are mostly shoulder bags and are elevated neutral bags for the minimalists out there who don’t want a classic bag style. It fits snugly under the arm and gives a very sleek, yet unique look. This one is likely to outlast just this new season as it’s already being adopted by celebrities.
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