7 Handbag Trends You'll See Everywhere Next Spring
Unarguably the strangest Fashion Month that the fashion industry has ever seen has just wrapped, and in the midst of a global pandemic, designers soldiered on and gave us something to look forward to for spring/summer 2021 with some major handbag trends that make us want to fast forward through the last few months of 2020. Now, we're breaking down our favorites so you can add them to your wish list.
Practicality surfaced as a prominent theme with oversize carryalls and utilitarian water-bottle bags popping up on runways. From raffia covered to sleek leather cases, our favorite designers are reminding us to hydrate and go green! But green isn't the only color they're thinking of: bright fluorescent bags dominated the runway as highlighter accessories punctuated looks. Spring staple materials, straw and raffia took on the form of more structured picnic-basket-style straw bags and slouchy hobo styles. Street style fanny packs slung across the chest got a bit more elevated in leather, and we're excited to see the clutch is back!
1. Oversize Carryalls
From signature study overalls at Valentino to Khaite's perfect classic weekender, designers had fun this season swinging the pendulum from the mini bag trend to the oversize carryall. Gloves, masks, hand sanitizer? These bags can fit it all!
2. Utilitarian/Water-Bottle Bags
Scout's honor, spring 2021, we'll always be prepared. From towel bags on the runway of Gabriela Hearst to raffia-covered water bottles down the runway of Fendi, going green has never been so chic. Being prepared no longer has to look so . . . "gear-sy."
3. Clutches, Not Handshakes
Whether it's elbow bumps or distanced air kisses, we're all trying to figure out the best new way to greet people since shaking hands has been deemed an absolute no-no. With the increase of the classic clutch on spring/summer 2021 runways, perhaps brands have been taking a nod from the British royal family and Kate Middleton? We learned from Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette, that Kate carries a clutch so she can "hold her bag in front of her in both hands when shaking hands might be awkward" as it's protocol that you don't shake hands with any member of the royal family. Spring/summer 2021 has us all set to navigate the new normal, just like a royal.
4. Highlighter Colors
Always a fun ode to the '80s, designers are punctuating their collections with bright, fluorescent leather accessories from New York to Milan.
5. Weave It Up! Straw, Nets, and Knits
From days spent picnicking in the countryside to fresh net catches by the sea, natural netting, weaves, and macrame dominated spring/summer 2021 Fashion Month. Whether it was bedazzled in crystals like on the runways of Burberry or intricately woven leather like at Valentino, this fresh, natural look has options for both day and night.
Inspired by street style, the cross-chest bag is moving a little further up the torso next spring. With minimalism a growing trend in fashion production, a lot of designers are giving us a little help in paring down to what we really need. What's in your mini bag?
7. Chunky Chains
Taking a cue from last season's chain-link accessories, chunky chain-link bags are still dominating runways from New York to Milan, only this year, the chains are shinier and even bigger!