The Fashion Memo

Bags To Buy Now And Carry All Season

Clockwise from left: Loewe; JW Anderson, Jacquemus

Decode this season’s bag trends with our guide to the newest key styles and shapes – from candy-colored confections to logoed totes and baskets for the beach. By GRACE COOK

Fashion editor Viktorija Tomasevic

A new bag is one of the most considered purchases of any season. After all, this covetable piece of arm candy will not only safely house your everyday essentials, but also set the mood for your outfits ­– a basket bag brings an earthy tactility to city tailoring, but pair the same slick suit with a leathery tote and the essence is more uptown polish. Attention, then, must be paid. Thankfully, for SS22 there’s a style for every mood, from understated ’90s-era handbags that are ideal for dinner dates to logo-emblazoned totes that are catnip for Instagram. Here are the best designs to indulge in this season…

All-out color

From effervescent blues to candied oranges and fuchsia pinks, SS22’s accessories are rendered in revitalizing shades that are guaranteed to liven up any look. In colder months, they’ll offset dark palettes to bring a fresh sensibility – think of pairing chocolate browns with zingy greens from Jacquemus – while, come spring, they’ll prove an ideal accompaniment to lighter, more lively colors that perfectly telegraph new-season optimism.

Clockwise from left: Staud; Saint Laurent, Gucci

Back to the ’90s

The ’90 was an era of urban minimalism, and nothing sums up that ethos quite like the decade’s defining accessories. Boxy in silhouette and understated in mood, these tiny bags pack serious punch, all the while exuding an aura of put-together polish. Saint Laurent and New York label Staud have super-sleek versions for SS22, while Gucci proposes a monogram iteration that hits two trends in one. Pair with slip dresses and sharp-shouldered blazers for an ideal after-dark look.


Loud and proud, the monogrammed bag has been a closet staple for exhibiting your in-the-know fashion prowess ever since Rihanna and Kendall Jenner sported retro iterations a few seasons ago – and for SS22, the Y2K staple is back. Italian powerhouses Gucci and Fendi delved into their archives to offer architectural iterations that add a directional spin to understated outfits, while Loewe’s drawstring take is sleek, statement-making and sumptuously squashy.

Clockwise from left: Valentino Garavani, Marni, Chloé

Warm-weather escape

Few accessories encapsulate the free-spirited mood of summer’s carefree days quite like a textured tote – but this season, they come with a city-ready sensibility thanks to their architectural silhouettes and leather detailing. Chloé’s raffia basket is a case in point, with two straps for on-the-go practicality. Meanwhile, Marni and Valentino Garavani offer a contemporary take on the summer basket that’s more upmarket bistro than laid-back boho in style.

Forever bags

A bag is for life, not just a season, and with capsule closets a greater goal than ever, there’s never been a better time to invest in a lifelong accessory ally. From the spacious totes by Gabriela Hearst and Proenza Schouler, which are crafted in buttery leathers that are guaranteed to get better with age, to boxy iterations by Loewe and cult New York label Savette, plus pillowy interracio versions from Bottega Veneta, these are pieces you’ll treasure for years to come.