Meet the Season’s Crop of ‘It’ Bags

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That last addition to any look, often a novelty piece (read: Jacquemus’ micro mini bite-sized purse), sometimes a practical purchase (an XL tote to carry your world with you), bags, no matter their size and shape, are an outfit maker or breaker. As one of the easiest ways to own a piece of luxury, bags have long been considered investments. They cost as much as a ready-to-wear piece, but unlike the seersucker dress you’ll wear 10 times in a lifetime, considering that you wear it differently each time, because god forbid it’s already imprinted on social media for everyone to see, a bag, can and will see you through your children, their children, and their children’s children. And as years pass, with the past as fashion fodder for the present, expect very high returns on this investment.

Bags also tell you a lot about its wearer. Are you a hands-free kind of woman? Then fanny packs that resemble your dad’s European holiday belt bag are a go-to. But, make it fashion. As for top handles and clutches, those beauties were invented for when you want to avoid physical contact. Don’t believe us? The women of the royal family of Britain only carry clutches—a mandate that keeps commoners at a distance.

So, whether you prefer to carry around a new top handle, tuck a shoulder bag under your arm, or swing on a tote, there’s nothing better than taking a new bag out for a spin. Consider these five handbag trends our advise on carrying forward into fall. You’re welcome!

Dark Arts 

Celine Large 16 Bag in Satinated Calfskin
Celine Large 16 Bag in Satinated Calfskin
Small 16 Bag in Satinated Calfskin
Small 16 Bag in Satinated Calfskin

Remember when Joey moved around with a man-purse in Friends? 25 years later, consider this practical flapbag your ode to the ‘90s sitcom.

Call of the Wild 

YSL Manhattan Small Shopping in Leopard Print Pony Effect Leather
YSL Manhattan Small Shopping in Leopard Print Pony Effect Leather

Leopard and cheetah prints are ruling on clothing; it was only a matter of time before they made their way onto fall’s hottest handbags.

Square Route 

Checks are everywhere — the criss-cross pattern makes its mark on a crossbody bag. It’s only fitting that your quilted jacket match the quilting on your bag.

Lock and Key 

Chloe Small Aby Day Bag
Chloe Small Aby Day Bag

We won’t tell if you don’t— the season’s It bag may or may not match gloomy winter skies above.

Lunar Eclipse 

Fashion’s latest inspiration: the moon and its curve-linear shape on your shoulder bag.

Chain of Command 

Chloe Mini Annie Shoulder Bag
Chloe Mini Annie Shoulder Bag

The long and short of bags right now — a chunky chain-strap that finds its link in a millennial purple purse.

Stamp of Approval 

Balenciaga Ville Top Handle
Balenciaga Ville Top Handle

Pledge allegiance to your favourite label with its logo emblazoned across your doctor bag.

Shiny Happy People

Paint the town, metallic purple, blue or red. P.S. these babies will have the crowd going “You glow girl!”.

Box Park 

Wandler Yara Mini Leather Box Bag
Wandler Yara Mini Leather Box Bag

The art world isn’t the only place where cubism is au courant. Meet the rectangular shoulder bag that’s equal parts camera bag and picnic basket.

Green Light 

YSL Sunset Chain Wallet
YSL Sunset Chain Wallet

Give neon green the go ahead for fall. Guaranteed mood-enhancer on gloomy days ahead.