The Bag Trends You're Going to See All 2021 Long

The bags that will serve you all through this year—and beyond.

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As the year takes a more optimistic turn, this will be reflected in what we wear out in public once again. Bags, an accessory truly made to be worn outside our homes, finally have their moment—out of their dust bags and back in the sun. We're collectively feeling ready to step out and carry stuff with us (!), as opposed to last year, which was a great time for phone cases as bags and hands-free fanny packs when outings were less luxurious.

One of the biggest "trends" for 2021 is less about what necessarily came down the runway, but the feeling of investing in a more classic style of handbag—and making sure the value remains intact for selling or exchanging in the future. We gathered up five key trends that are also timeless, so they'll be worthy investments.

Big Chain Energy

A substantial chain strap is a nod to a classic handbag detail, but in a very 2021 “step it up to step out” way. Bottega Veneta has reinvigorated this super-sized hardware, but there are plenty of fabulous options available so you can find your own take on this trend.

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Scoop, There It Is

The old-school scoop shape is one to watch. Prada’s Cleo bag, shown here in white, is leading the forefront of this trend, the style being a nod to a similar shape made popular by the brand in the '90s. We love this shape not only for its sleek and minimal design, but because it tucks under the arm so comfortably that it’s super easy to wear.

prada cleo bag

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Monogram Forever

Monogram canvas is a forever and investable trend. Gucci’s heritage canvas adorned with double-Gs and an emblematic red and green stripe, shown here, has proven its staying power. And with the hype around the “House of Gucci” film, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

gucci monogram bag

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Go Green

Slime green, seen as an unexpected pop in years past, has now become a neutral of sorts. It somehow… goes with everything? We love seeing it worn super casually with other muted colors.

bottega veneta green bag

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Sipping on Cognac

A refreshing substitute for everyone's favorite go-to, black, this warm shade of brown will stretch just as far in any wardrobe and looks delicious in a bevy of handbag shapes.

dior bobby bag

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Julia Gall

Julia Gall is the former Style Director at Marie Claire, covering all things fashion, as well as styling tips, wardrobe upkeep and sustainability. Check her out at @juliasgall.