One of the easiest ways to upgrade your wardrobe is with the addition of a new handbag. It’s an easy way to play with structure, color, material, and more. And if you’re going to have to carry a bag full of your daily essentials, why not use it to brighten up your look? If you’re in need of a place to start, look no further than the 2021 bag trends popping up on everyone’s radar.
This year, it’s time to move past the classics. Consider investing in bags that are designed in a rainbow of hues, crafted in interesting materials like raffia, and adorned with head-turning details like chunky chains and pearl detailing alike.
And even if you want to stick to more traditional pieces, consider experimenting with new shapes and styles. Instead of your standard crossbody, go for the structured version to feel totally on trend. Not ready to pack away your beloved hobo? Layer a netted bag over it so it looks more modern and chic.
Ahead, find the top handbag trends for 2021 and exactly how to shop them now for every budget.
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The dreamy trend first took off with Bottega Veneta’s ubiquitous cloud clutches, and now other brands are following suit with soft pouch-style bags in an array of colors.
Fendi, Chloé, and Versace all sent colorful handbags down the runway, from pastel pink to bright green, neon orange to candy-colored purple. No matter what your favorite bag silhouette, consider dipping your toe into the world of color this season.
Perhaps the influence of outdoor dining, but woven straw and raffia bags are hitting it big this season, reminiscent of English countryside picnics and south of France beach vacations alike. Be inspired by the likes of Altuzarra, Etro, and Tom Ford, to name a few.
Chunky Chain Straps
While the bag itself makes quite a statement, add a bit of head-turning detail like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Versace debuted on the runway with chunky chain straps. In colors and metals alike, it adds a punk of edge that makes all the difference with even the most classic of handbag silhouettes.
Designers like Fendi, Chanel, and Acne Studios added some evening feminine detail with encrusted pearls While an allover woven design might be more evening friendly, a few stone studs on leather is a perfect feminine touch for daytime as well.
Bags reminiscent of an old-fashion shopping hobo, crafted of a netted material that changes shape as its filled, have come back in a big way for 2021. Look to designers like Valentino, Burberry, and Longchamp for inspiration.