5 Fall Handbag Trends We Can't Wait To Get Our Hands On

Kanak Devnani , 19 Aug 2020
Fall '20 Handbag Trends | (Source: Instagram | @coach, @bottegaveneta)
Fall ’20 Handbag Trends | (Source: Instagram | @coach, @bottegaveneta)

With fall around the corner, it’s usually the time where we start refreshing our wardrobes and start planning cool-weather outfits. This usually also includes updating our accessories and if you’re a handbag obsessed person you’ve come to the right place. There is nothing quite so satisfying as a good accessory. Even if you choose to go sans jewellery a great purse, clutch or even a tote can really pull an entire look together. The handbag trends of the season was certainly a mixed bag but we were also excited to see some fresh elements and shapes that were showcased.

With the range of new handbag trends, there are a number to contenders but the common theme throughout was the range of rich texture. The fall bags had many stunners down the runway but we saw the use of thick metal chain to replace straps, an appearance of fuzzy bags and interesting shapes that reminded us of geometry class. With so many options and variations, there’s definitely something for everyone that suits their own aesthetic. So while Bottega Veneta reigned supreme this year with their oversized pouch Coach deserves a mention for putting out some interesting shapes and silhouettes in their collection. So whether you’re in the market for a new bag or just looking for some inspiration we’ve narrowed down few Fall’20 handbag trends that stand out.

Keep reading to check out the 5 runway bag trends worth investing in to breathe some new life into your autumnal wardrobe:

1. Furry Bags

Stay warm with the plush shearling style bags this fall/winter season. Playful plumes and furry aspects were used on many handbag styles on many collections from New York to Paris. While we always expect some sort of furry handbag for the upcoming season, this time around they made an appearance via lengthy faux furs, shaggy shearlings on all shapes and sizes. Balenciaga and Claudia Li featured it on carryalls whereas Dries Van Noten showcased colourful jewel-toned options. While Dior went the subtle route and used shearling to line their autumnal suede bags. This cosy look is a trend perfectly in time for the cooler weather.

2. Thick Chain Links

You’re probably tired of hearing about chain link trends but the fact remains that this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. This time thickness and size matters. Chunky chain embellished bags are everywhere from jewellery to shoes and now handbags. However, gold isn’t your only option here. Thick silver chains or even marble and textured chains were used instead of hardware over bag clasps. These metallic accents add a rough industrial touch to high fashion bags. Thick chains or chain-links in large sizes were was seen in some form or another on handbags of major brands. Sometimes merely as a decorative adornment or handle. Tory Burch debuted a host of these bags in different silhouettes with edgy chain staps with their ladylike and structured bags. Whereas JW AndersonBottega Veneta and Hugo Boss predominately made it the statement design in their own unique collections and colours.

3. Geometric Shapes

TBH I’m a huge fan of this trend and the many varied shapes coming out of these collections. All the angles are happening this season just name your 3D shape and go for it. A refresher course in geometry, we saw triangles, circles, rectangles and many more on designer runways giving off a fun avant-garde vibe. Paco Rabanne stuck to more straight-forward shapes like a circle bag, while CelineCoach 1941 and Stella McCartney opted for more unique shapes like triangle-cut-out, square designs, and trapezoidal clutches to name a few. It was a refreshing and irresistible look on the runway and a great choice if you’re bored of the traditional handbag silhouettes.

4. Mixed Textures & Colours

Of course, the majority of Fall’20 collections were filled with autumnal colours but also a mix of textures. This was showcased in a variety of styles that blended multiple textures and detailing. Some of the most noteworthy ones included play patchwork designs, braided and quilted textures, just calling out to you to touch them. There were some gorgeous patchwork bags at Alexander McQueen that featured multi-coloured leather and animal patches. On the other end, we had Miu Miu and Versace played with chevron stripes and panelling. Why choose one fabric when you can have a medley of assortments seemed to be the motto. This trend is all about vintage vibe with pieces that carry a lot of handmade charm, proving the more eclectic your handbag the better.

5. Slouchy Pouches

Bottega Veneta really put this style of bag and its design on the forefront. Other brands definitely noticed and started creating similar silhouettes with their own spin on the runways. Overnight every fashion girl had a version of this bag under their arms. This cool, minimalist style has only increased in popularity and is a must-have for the upcoming season. The puffy or slouchy pouches give a relaxed look that’s great to pair with more structured outfits to tone it them down. Some versions like Steve Madden’s soft clutch came with a shoulder strap that you can tuck inside, while other designers like Tory Burch, Givenchy and Miu Miu came out with variations of this slouchy purse in many different colours and sizes. If you have to pick only one bag from the list this should definitely be one you should grab right away while it’s hot.

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