10 Handbag Trends to Have on Your Fashion Wishlist

by Sara Wennerstrom / Dec 17, 2021
@newtexacali with the Mini Fiore Bucket Bag

If you’re anything like us, you know that a good handbag can completely transform an outfit. And, while the world is busy updating their seasonal wardrobes, now is a great time to add a new bag (or several) to your repertoire. The problem is, with such a variety of options, searching for a new handbag can be quite a daunting process. To help you make this ultra-important decision, we’re breaking down the top handbag styles to carry through this season and beyond. From plush pillow bags to 90’s throwbacks, here are the 10 most covetable handbag trends for you to consider.

10 handbag trends that we’re loving right now

1. Chain Details

From chunky gold links to sleek dainty straps, chain details add a lovely jewelry-like element to a handbag. Even at their boldest, chain details are stylistically versatile and don’t detract or overshadow a purse itself, making them a lasting trend across the last few seasons. As fall quickly approaches, we’re finding ourselves reaching for bags with chain details more and more - with everything from minimalistic metallics to of-the-moment textures like acetate catching our interest.

2. Mini Bags

It’s the little things… especially when it comes to bags. Teeny-tiny handbags came into our lives when we needed them the most (and when we carried the least), and we’re definitely not ready to ditch this mini moment. For moments when you need to carry more than the bare minimum, we love seeing tiny bags paired with a matching sized-up style (after all, two bags is better than one!). This season, extra-small bags are right at the top of our wishlist, and we’re looking forward to seeing them styled alongside our autumn and winter fashion favorites in neutral hues and jewel tones.

3. Pillow Bags

Quite possibly the dreamiest handbag of the season, we’re excited for more puffy, slouchy pillow bags to keep us extra-cozy and extra-stylish in the colder months. Perfectly plush shoulder bags and clutches are one of our new favorite additions to any wardrobe and add an effortless feel to an ensemble. Pair your pillow bags with posh, structured pieces to add some contrast or opt for total comfort-mode and wear with slouchy knits and puffed winter jackets. Either way, don’t sleep on this bag trend.

4. Bucket Bags

Bucket-shaped bags are a crowd-pleaser - and though they are not a new trend, they’re certainly a lasting one. Structured and sophisticated, bucket bags offer a refreshing silhouette and can be found in a myriad of different sizes and colors, making them a stunning bag choice for any style. Our favorites include spacious neutral bucket bags and smaller versions with stunning embossed leather details.

5. Moon Shaped

Say hello to a new it-girl favorite. A delightful contrast to beloved rectangular bags, moon-shaped bags have made a serious comeback. Eye-catching and beautifully designed, moon-shaped bags are often monochromatic and feature a sleek, arched silhouette and can appear as a top-handle, shoulder bag, clutch, or cross-body. With a design this unique and versatile, we’re expecting to get quite a lot of wear out of our moon-shaped bags - including new structured leather versions and more laid-back, croissant-like pieces.

6. Pops of Color

We’ve all had quite the year, so it’s no surprise that we’re ready to wear our boldest and brightest looks out on the town. Our bags are no different: get ready to swap your little black bag for a bright red pop of color, a minty green, or a deep raspberry hue. The time for outside-the-box, colorful bags is now (especially if you’re hoping to get some extra compliments on your handbag of choice).

7. Tech Bag

With many heading back to the office soon, we’re suddenly in need of a bag large enough to fit our laptops. Tech bags are making their way back into our lives (and our wardrobes) in the best way possible.

Since tech bags are extra large, they’ll be a focal point of any outfit. With that in mind, we’re reaching for minimalistic, beautiful styles that feature an interior laptop sleeve and come in a wide range of colors (like this dreamy latte-inspired hue).

8. Doctor Bag

The doctor is in. A true classic, the oblong Doctor Bag style offers a chic professional vibe and typically has several organizational compartments. And, as the Doctor silhouette is not too structured but not too slouchy, these bags are the epitome of effortless, on-the-go style. Depending on what you’ll need throughout the day, you can find Doctor Bags both in their standard size and also in mini versions.

9. On-Point Totes

The tote is *the* bag that’s tailored to a busy lifestyle. Whether you’re running errands, bringing your laptop along to a working lunch, or prepping for a weekend away, a beautiful leather tote bag is a natural choice. As the true throw-it-on-and-go bag, we believe every wardrobe should have at least one upscale tote bag. If you’re looking to fill that need (or if you’re in the market for an upgrade on this staple), you can’t go wrong with a solid-colored minimalistic version. For a little more of a statement, we also love this croc-embossed (vegan!) option.

10. Minimalist bags

The 90’s are calling! Handbag styles reminiscent of the iconic decade are making a comeback and we’re fully embracing the nostalgia. It’s finally time to pull out your most-loved bags (or find some modern-day remakes) from the era that brought us icons like Cher Horowitz, Rachel Green, and Carrie Bradshaw. From elevated-casual shoulder bags in various hues to the resurgence of the belt bag, we’ll be channeling our inner 90’s supermodel with these vintage favorites.

Your new handbag is waiting

It’s always fun to see bags in new shapes, sizes, and color each season - and from bold, stand-out styles to the more subtle, minimalistic silhouettes, you’re sure to find something on this list to work with your personal style. Take a look at SENREVE'S best selling handbags to elevate your look this season.