The Fashion Memo

The Best Bags To Buy Now And Carry All Season

Clockwise from top: Loewe, Valentino, Gucci

Decode this season’s bag trends with our guide to the newest key styles and shapes – from logoed totes to embellished pieces and sleek ’90s shoulder bags. By GILLIAN BRETT and KARA KIA

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

Logomania

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 FW22, the Y2K staple is back. Italian powerhouses Gucci and Valentino offer architectural iterations that add a directional spin to understated outfits, while Loewe’s crescent-shaped bag is both sleek and statement-making.

Balenciaga (left), Bottega Veneta (right)

Back to the ’90s

The ’90s 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 while exuding an aura of put-together polish. Balenciaga has a super-sleek version for FW22. The ‘Lindsay’ bag, paired with leather boots and sunglasses, makes for an unabashedly cool outfit; while Bottega Veneta proposes a denim iteration of its cult ‘Cassette’ bag. Pair with slip dresses and an oversized blazer for an ideal after-dark look.

Colorful bags

Whether you’re a maximalist or a minimalist, this is the bag trend for you. For the minimalist, the coolest way to add a modern feel to your closet classics is to add a shot of bold color. Enliven beige suiting with a vibrant lime-colored bag by The Row, or an LBD with Balenciaga’s neon-green shoulder bag. If, on the other hand, you are more of a maximalist, what better way to indulge your eclectic taste than with a lilac, sky-blue or emerald-green bag to complement your equally vibrant wardrobe?

There’s a style for every mood this season, from understated ’90s-era handbags (ideal for dinner dates) to logo-emblazoned totes that are catnip for Instagram

Totes

An all-time classic, and a dependable choice, every closet needs a capacious tote for stowing away all manner of tech, or a change of shoes for those with busy diaries. Givenchy’s ‘G’ tote is a pretty yet remarkably practical choice. Made from hard-wearing coated-canvas, it comes with an optional shoulder strap so you can switch up how you carry it. Chloé’s ‘Woody’ is an equally wise investment. Sleek and chic, it’s made from a buttery-smooth leather in a classic rectangular silhouette that is sure to become a future heirloom.

Shine bright

A glistening handbag is a key accessory for party season – whether crystals, sequins or chainmail, disco-inspired details were originally designed for dancing. Style a high-shine bag as the finishing touch to a festive look, or dress up any daytime outfit. Benedetta Bruzziches’ crystal-embellished ‘Pina Bausch’ bag is the quintessential arm candy for seizing the dance floor, while JW Anderson’s sequinned tote bag is a modern take on early 2000s designs. For formal events, pair Paco Rabanne’s ‘Pixel’ chainmail bag with a slip dress, diamonds and white-gold jewelry.

Paco Rabanne (left), JW Anderson (right)

Half moon

The half-moon shape is without doubt a hero style of 2022. And Savette is the buzzy new brand to know, mastering this most elegant of silhouettes. Its ‘Tondo’ style is made from supple suede that is finished with the New York label’s signature gold hardware. Pair it with a beige trench, crewneck T-shirt and straight-leg jeans for an elevated off-duty look. Elsewhere, Chloé’s spherical ‘Mate’ style comes with the house’s distinct whipstitched finish, as well as an ingenious removable inner pouch to separate your daily essentials.