The Spring 2023 Handbag Trends to Know and Shop Now

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When shopping for a new bag this season, there are a few overarching themes that make up the most noteworthy spring 2023 handbag trends. For starters, you can’t go wrong with something roomy and soft or an updated style in a classic shape—think crossbody satchels, baguettes, and buckets. These signature bags have been given an update for spring, whether they’re woven, quilted, folded, or come with a pre-worn appearance. Bags that feel like they’ve already lived a lifetime is a common theme resonating among designers, and you can see them come to life on everything from soft crinkled leather totes to slouchy shoulder bags. For those wanting something a bit more pristine, the quiet luxury aesthetic has certainly left its mark in the handbag department, with an offering of styles worth investing in. You can also expect styles that feel quintessential to the spring/summer season, like a woven basket bag to a canvas bucket.  

Here, shop the top styles that walked the runways and more of the best bags for spring. 

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Quilted Classics

A signature handbag style among luxury houses is the leather shoulder with a flap, sealed with their respective logo hardware. For spring, you can find an updated version of these familiar crossbody silhouettes from designers like Saint Laurent and Gucci in quilted leather. Plus, the padded effect proves to be timeless as ever. 

Saint Laurent Solferino shoulder bag

Loewe Goya puffer pleated chain shoulder bag

Gucci Deco small shoulder bag

Burberry quilted leather shoulder bag

Balenciaga Crush quilted shoulder bag

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Sumptuously Slouchy

This season’s roomy carryalls come in ultra-soft leathers and suedes in shapes that, while read ultra-relaxed, still come across as sophisticated. Case in point: Bottega Veneta’s Ellipse bag—a soft teardrop shape is held together with a small leather knot while gold hardware adds an elegant touch to the soft shape. Loewe’s elongated Paseo bag’s folded leather detail gives it a soft, gathered appearance without losing its contemporary look via its signature knotted drawstrings.

Loewe Paseo leather tote bag

Bottega Veneta Ellipsie intrecciato shoulder bag

Khaite Olivia medium suede shoulder bag

The Row Allie leather hobo bag

Jil Sander Moon leather hobo bag

Staud Valerie shoulder bag

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Quiet Luxury 

For those seeking a seasonless handbag investment, you’ll find happiness within the “quiet luxury” trend. From emerging minimalist-centric brands like Savette to Demellier, and luxury mainstays such as The Row and Saint Laurent, these bags offer an understatedly chic look for the everyday.

The Row Jasper leather tote bag

Saint Laurent Manhattan leather shoulder bag

Savette Sport leather shoulder bag

Ree Projects Helene leather hobo bag

Mansur Gavriel Notte shoulder bag

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Wonderfully Worn-In

This idea of something already possessing wear and tear or being pre-owned is a theme we’re seeing on everything from leather jackets to handbags. Givenchy’s latest shoulder bag, for example, is self described as “tumbled” while offerings from Miu Miu and Saint Laurent are made from leather that appears rugged, pre-scratched up, and worn, ensuring that effortlessly cool look for years to come.

Givenchy Voyou buckle shoulder bag

Miu Miu nappa leather shoulder bag

Bottega Veneta Knot shoulder bag

Wandler Uma crinkled leather shoulder bag

Saint Laurent Niki camera shoulder bag

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All Natural

Rattan, raffia, or canvas—all signs point to sweet summertime bags! Street style stars and Vogue editors alike have made the case for toting woven bags all year round, and stylish options from Khaite to Dragon Diffusion make it so easy to do so. 

Khaite Lotus raffia drawstring bag

Bottega Veneta Cassette tote bag

Jacquemus Le Papier Le Chiquito Noeud bag

Proenza Schouler Braid crochet shoulder bag

Dragon Diffusion Gora woven-leather basket bag

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Novel Buckets

In natural canvas, woven leather, or bright colored suedes, this spring offers a fresh crop of seasonal-forward bucket bags, perfect for any occasion. Let these practical but fun styles take you straight into summer.

Altuzarra Play leather bucket bag

The Row Leo nubuck bucket bag

Staud Hive leather-wrapped canvas bucket bag

Chloé leather bucket bag

Bottega Veneta Kalimero intrecciato-leather bucket bag

Ulla Johnson Willow bucket bag

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Shrunken Totes

While other bag silhouettes seem to be growing in size, spring’s totes are going in the other direction. Small to medium-sized top handles are a fun-sized alternative to the signature shape, plus many of these structured rectangular-shaped bags offer an extra crossbody-length strap while still being sizable enough to hold all of the key essentials (from sunglasses to your latest book), whether you’re on vacation or on the go. 

Loewe leather-trimmed raffia tote

Proenza Schouler small twin tote

Fendi white leather shopper

Marni Museo small leather shoulder bag

Prada Re-Edition 1995 brushed-leather mini handbag

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If there’s one spring 2023 handbag trend that will surely never go out of style, it’s the baguette bag. With its signature snug under-the-shoulder carry and flap closure, you can’t go wrong with the shape made iconic by Fendi.   

Valentino Garavani V-logo shoulder bag

Gucci horsebit 1955 small shoulder bag

Neous Phoenix leather shoulder bag

Brandon Blackwood Nia leather shoulder bag

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Y2K Nostalgia

The 2000s have made a serious impact on collections as of late, be it miniskirts to low-waist trousers, and the decade has certainly left an impression in the handbag department as well. Colorful shoulder bags with buckles, pockets, rhinestones, and other kitschy details that reference the time period makes these the perfect candidate for a “going out” bag.  

Altuzarra Parka crossbody bag

Balenciaga Lindsay shoulder bag

JW Anderson Bumper crystal-embellished leather shoulder bag

Prada Moon padded nappa-leather bag