Handbags are easily my favorite accessories. I’ve been known to spend my grocery money on a purse even when I can’t afford to (although, the buying a bag is always worth it to me). And when the style is a little out of the ordinary, a statement bag can quickly elevate even the simplest outfit. In an effort to find the next big thing to add to my wardrobe, I rounded up a few emerging styles spotted on CF community members that are about to be in all of the #OOTD posts you’ll see on Instagram. You’ll definitely want to copy these bag trends ASAP.
The Trend: Primary Colors
Mix Eye-Catching Hues for an Unexpected Twist
A brightly-hued bag will add some excitement to monochromatic outfit—no matter the color. This casual crossbody, which fits just the essentials like your ID, debit card, and cellphone, looks so good with Stella’s denim-on-denim look. Plus, these bags are great for when you want to be hands-free (perhaps at a concert or for a night out).
Get the look: Forever 21 Cross body Foldout Purse ($18)
The Trend: Patent Leather
Shine On With a Dressy Clutch
For a cool date-night combo, try pairing a patent leather bag with your favorite skirt and a pair of sheer tights. The velvet booties are a cool contrast to the shine of the bag. This is one of our favorite bag trends to test out during the winter months.
Get the look: Halogen Patent Leather Clutch ($45)
The Trend: Cherry Red
Combine a Bold Color With a Groutfit
For days when you have a little more to carry, this mid-sized red handbag is the perfect bold accessory to pair with a neutral outfit. People tend to think of neutrals as the easiest go-to handbag colors, but the truth is that red can be as versatile as you make it.
Get the look: ASOS Pieces Mini Shopper Bag ($56)
The Trend: Floral Prints
Provide a Pop With a Cool Print
A printed bag is a great complement to a solid-colored outfit. This floral bag is the star of the look when paired with a solid tank, denim bottoms, and simple sunnies. Or, if you’re feeling bold, give mixed prints a try and add it to a striped or polka-dot ensemble.
Get the Look: Elliot Lucca Faro City Satchel ($90)
The Trend: Backpacks
Amp Up an All-Black Ensemble with an Easy Carryall
When reimagined in a cool shade, a backpack is a lifesaver against an overstuffed tote bag. Kaili looks professional and class-ready with her bold (yet practical) backpack. To make it pop, she’s paired it with an oversized black blazer and classic skinny jeans. The style of this sack is simple, but if that’s not your thing, it’s the perfect blank canvas for pins and patches to give it a little more personal flair.
Get the look: Grafea Daisy Yellow Leather Backpack ($136)
The Trend: Western Details
Pair On-Trend Studs With Easy Essentials
Studs have been spotted on jackets and tennis shoes as of late, so why not go back to the essentials and try out some silver-lined bag trends? Adding a bit of attitude to Kelly’s simple outfit, this bag is an easy day-to-day accessory because of its classic structure neutral color.
Get the look: Rebecca Minkoff Top Handle Feedbag ($148)
The Trend: Metal Hardwear
Keep It Cool with Unique Details
Metal hoop hardware is one of the bag trends that’s been seen everywhere as of late, and this affordable option adds some flair to a plain black bag. For the ultimate cool-girl look, pair your carryall with flared culottes and white booties like Maddy does here.
Get the look: Actlure Crossbody Chain Bag ($55)
Which bag trend are you most eager to try? Lets us know by sharing your photos and tagging @Cfashionista on Instagram!
Opening image by @nayelizabethh.