As the saying goes, new year, new you, new...bag? We already received a sneak peek of what's to come from the spring/summer 2019 runways (here's a recap) and to get right to the point: The handbags are good. Designers sent down creations from ball-shaped bags to straw totes (drawing on the popular styles of last summer) as well as newer silhouettes, which will quickly birth an It bag in 2019. Before one's declared the ultimate winner, however, I've rounded up the five handbag trends to keep your eyes on. These are the ones you'll want to add to your collection.
Spotted on the spring 2019 runways: duffle bags, but make it fashion. Labels like Coach and Calvin Klein debuted petite versions of your favorite weekenders and effectively made the silhouette cool for everyday wear. If you want to be an early adopter, retailer Moda Operandi has already released styles, even though we're still mid-winter. Embrace the cylindrical shape in addition to the boxier styles of recent years.
You promised yourself you'd learn to crochet, but never actually got around to it—dammit. Pas de problème, the designers came to your rescue. Crochet totes and backpacks were spotted on the runways of Monse, Isabel Marant, and Chanel, painting an overall boho and summery resort vibe for the season. Whether you're searching for a casual tote to bring to the beach or a semi-fancy one for dinner, there are more than enough crochet options to meet every desire.
Designers like Brandon Maxwell and Burberry flirted with the idea of taking your favorite accessories and shrinking them into pieces no bigger than your palms. The runways were dotted with miniature crossbody bags that probably hold nothing more than a few coins. While highly impractical, these tiny purses are dainty and cute for special occasions. Pro tip: Put a tile tracker on these suckers if you're always misplacing your belongings.
Touristy accessories are in style (iust go with it). À la the fanny packs of last year, brands such as Gabriela Hearst and Erdem debuted lanyard bags around their models' neck during the spring/summer 2019 shows. Burberry even layered two on one chain. Though I'm surprised this style made a come back, I can't deny their usefulness. Lanyards allow you to carry the necessities without lugging a tote around—a plus if you're planning to attend any music festivals this summer.
Single Loop Handle
Emporio Armani, Marc Jacons, Dion Lee, and Adeam all released looped single-handle bags on the runways last year. The style looks clean and sophisticated, especially when the material is a luxe leather. The innovative design has already made its way to Net-a-Porter and fast fashion hot spots like Topshop.
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