The seven definitive bag trends for spring-summer 2020
It’s the fashion essential that helps us navigate our lives – a considered purchase chosen for its functionality and beauty in equal parts. From bucket to belt, over the shoulder or crossbody, these are the season’s most beautiful bags – yours to have and to hold...
The classic bucket
Classic designs that stand the test of time are the preferred choice of investment-savvy shoppers, who believe in a more sustainable future for fashion. Its timeless silhouette is precisely what keeps alive our enduring love affair with the bucket bag. Our favourite hands down is the iconic Le Huit from revered French luxury leather-goods label Lancel.
STYLE TIP: The style might be classic but the colours are ultra-contemporary. Break from the traditional with a pop of vivacious hue.
Brown bucket bag
Brown bucket bag
Dark purple bucket bag
The versatile crossbody
This off-duty must-have works day and night, with jeans, trainers and a simple white tee, but equally successfully with a strappy dress and sandals. It’s also the perfect size for all the essentials: wallet, phone, keys and, of course, your go-to lippy. What we love about it most, though, is its hands-free versatility.
STYLE TIP: Do as the Parisians and take it up a notch by combining it with a suave suit for a certain je ne sais quoi.
Lilli XL crossbody pouch
Horse and Carriage jes crossbody
Small nude crossbody bag
The wicker workhorse
You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that raffia bags will be a mega trend this summer. Wicker carryalls and palm leaf baskets are perennially popular beach staples, but this year’s selection is so sophisticated that they even pair perfectly with office attire. Think clutch, bucket or crossbody… the natural look is the ultimate style test.
STYLE TIP: Like Jane Birkin in the sixties, Hedi Slimane, who holds the creative reins at Celine, suggests a casual-chic mix of raffia and denim.
Rounded raffia grey bag
Grey wicker carrycot
Basket flower bag
The belt bag
Form meets function in this, the essential building block of the Gen Z wardrobe. It’s cool, contemporary and comfortable; wear it crossbody, snug at the waist, loose-slung over the hips… or simply sling it over your shoulder like a bandolier and stash your stuff in style.
STYLE TIP: Look for a handbag with an adjustable chain handle and convert this into a bespoke belt bag by wearing at the waist.
Rounded turquoise bag
White rounded bag
The over-shoulder holdall
Arguably the most popular design of the naughties, with iconic models such as Fendi’s Baguette and Dior’s Saddle bag, today’s over-the-shoulder holdalls range in size from roomy tote to tidy crossbody. Thanks to It-girls such as Bella Hadid, the retro-inspired shoulder bag remains a much coveted accessory. The 2020 version of this classic is more sculptural – if we could bag one, it would be Zadig & Voltaire’s edgy rock-star update.
STYLE TIP: Check out Coperni’s crescent-moon shaped model, the Instagram celebrity of shoulder bags.
Emily shoulder bag
Small Jade shoulder bag
Black and camel small bag
The take-it-anywhere tote
We first saw them on Instagram, in the memes of The Big Bag Club. Then on the catwalk. And this summer, they are everywhere. These big beauties are so much more than simply large bags. We’re talking supersized, even disproportionately so. These are bags designed to carry your entire life.
STYLE TIP: Sober designs consort happily with minimalist looks so keep it clean, pared down and streamlined.
Sally small tote
Horse and Carriage print city tote
Printed tote bag
The small wonder
The antithesis of the oversized tote, the micro bag may be ridiculously cute but it still packs a hefty punch. Longchamp’s Le Mini Pliage Cuir, a favourite of Kendall Jenner, has Instagram all aglow. Capacity is no virtue for these little lovelies, as singer Lizzo demonstrated on Tik Tok when she emptied the contents of her Jacquemus ‘Le Chiquito’ bag as if it were Mary Poppins’ briefcase. Collectors’ pieces in the XX-small category come courtesy of Coach or Coccinelle.
STYLE TIP: Carried as a clutch or worn belted at the waist, these mini-marvels are more eye-catching accessories than simple containers for carting stuff.
Small camel bag
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