Spring is on its way and with that the opportunity to invest in new accessories that will refresh your look. One such easy way to change things up? A new bag of course. Purse, handbag, carryall—whatever you want to call them, these pieces don’t just carry the contents of our lives from place to place. They’re personality signifiers, statement makers, and functional works of craftsmanship that we can bring wherever we go. So where should you start? Here are the 5 handbag trends we predict will continue through the thaw.
The slouchy-yet-structured crescent shape went dormant about a decade ago, but we’re happy to report that it’s back and more refined than ever. From clean takes by Polo Ralph Lauren and Celine, to cool-girl detailing by Isabel Marant, these styles will add shape to minimal outfits, and understated panache to even the most maximal and textured look.
The Oversized Tote
We at T&C love a big bag, and after years of micro-purses and satchels that, let’s face it, don’t actually hold anything, the tote is back and it’s better than ever. From the quilted YSL carryall, to the fashion-girl favorite Khaite Lotus, there are many options to pick from and you can’t really go wrong. A piece of advice: bundle your bags. Why carry just one when you can have the best of both worlds?
The Ladylike Bag
Though timeless, the structured ladylike purse—the perfect complement to simple and understated outfits—has made a comeback. Maybe it’s the old money aesthetic all over TikTok, or maybe it’s the fact that they are pieces you can wear and keep through the decades, either way, it’s a style that’s nothing to scoff at.
The Top Handle
After cross-bodies were dominant for many years, the top handle, in its various iterations, has returned as the ascendent look du jour. And frankly, there’s nothing that conveys “I’m a woman of status and leisure” better than the ability to walk around and not have to be handsfree. And these hand-held pieces don’t have to be stuffy— even Dior recently iterated off of their iconic Lady Dior bag with the Lady D-Joy bag, an update to the piece famously worn by Princess Diana.
Dopamine dressing may have emerged a few years back, but it’s still going strong. Case in point: all things glitter and sparkle. And paillette covered and bejeweled bags? They’re the perfect Y2K redux, especially now that every era is a micro trend. Grab a shoulder bag that catches the light, add it to your favorite dancing outfit, and head out the door.
Roxanne Adamiyatt is the senior editor at Town & Country, where she writes about lifestyle, fashion, travel, and beauty.