Spring arrivals are hitting stores and Fall/Winter shows are complete, which means that 2022’s handbag trends are already queued up for the year. Our editors have been hard at work surveying the runways for the latest and greatest carryalls, all of which we've bookmarked to get you up to speed on what to expect (and add to your cart) in the coming months.
Topping our list? The small-scaled hobo bags that have been popping up like daisies, such as Gucci’s Jackie and Saint Laurent’s Le 5 À 7. Micro bags have had their heyday, and now oversized purses and teen-sized bags (for example, Celine’s monogram Triomphe or Bottega's Teen Jodie) act as the perfect in-between option. We’re besotted with some unlikely accents, including denim, bamboo, and fringe, which heritage brands are making timeless in their own ways.
This year, we’re betting on the following trends to be 2022’s heaviest hitters. Find your new bag-mate ahead.
Shop the Best Handbag Trends of 2022
Hobo bags are back in a big way—and this go-'round, our rule of thumb is the slouchier, the better. In terms of stature, 2022 trend forecasts are portending that mid-sized carryalls will reign supreme. Simon Miller’s mainstay Puffin bag is a popular one, as is Hobo’s Render bag, which comes in a slew of juicy colors that you can cherry-pick based on whichever season you'll be wearing it in. An honorable mention goes to Mansur Gavriel’s newest Lilium Bag, which gives its archival two-toned bucket bag a second life.
On the Fringe
The Spring/Summer 2022 runways were filled with fringe, from outerwear to accessories and back again. Start sporting the shimmy-ready trim with our stylists' favorite fringe bags, such as Chloé’s multi-color basket bag and Proenza Schouler’s leather clutch, both of which suit spring and summer’s adventurous whimsy. Conversely, Saint Laurent’s top-handle style is a fall must-have. Don't sleep on Balmain’s BBuzz bag either—the baguette purse is working its way into icon territory, tassels and all.
Themes of utility and function will remain steady throughout this year, especially in the handbag space. Right now, designers are architecting utility bags that fit under your arm and are covered in handy, adorable pockets. Prada refashioned its crowd-favorite multi-pouch theme into a crossbody, and Louis Vuitton joined the vanguard with a monogrammed top-handle iteration. Instagram’s It-girls, however, are reaching for buzzy brands like By Far and Poppy Lissiman, both of whose shoulder bags we're obsessing over.
Large and in Charge
It was impossible to miss all the oversized bags on the Spring/Summer 2022 runways because, well, they were the biggest. For those of us that treat their handbag like an emergency kit (what’s wrong with always being prepared?) rejoice, because a bevy of silhouettes have all been supersized. Included in the expansion? Baguettes, hobos, pouches, and clutches. Brandon Blackwood dramatically enlarged its classic top-handle bag, and if it’s anything like Blackwood’s trademark boxes, it’ll sell out any moment.
Logomania is one theme that remains perennially chic year after year—hence, why Gucci and Chanel's logos wield just as much power over a century later. Heritage brands are keeping their history at the forefront with modern updates on their most iconic motifs and monograms. Subtle tweaks to prints and motifs marry the old with the new for something that’s completely modern and equally classic. YSL and Versace revisit vintage styles. Gucci uses its staple rhombus pattern on a new mini shape. Celine uses texture and colorplay to refresh its Triomphe print.
We couldn’t help but notice that architectural bags are popping up left and right. Sharp corners and clean cuts have caught our eye across a myriad of brands. Givenchy’s dog-eared style plays with negative space, while Prada repurposed its triangle motif into an inflated top-handle bag that opens forward, rather than upward. One can always count on Jacquemus to bring the waggish fun, as he did with this asymmetrical suede bag. (Spoiler: it comes in tons of just-as-sweet colorways).
Gucci’s bamboo handles first popped up in the '60s and continue to be one of its beloved classics today. It’s newest release revisits the archetypal top-handle silhouette, shrinking it down to pint-size and emblazoning it with jumbo GG print. Contemporary brands like Cult Gaia and Casablanca follow suit with tropical wood accents that pay homage to bamboo's rich history. Suited for sunshine, towing these will put you in a vacation state of mind.
Fans of Louis Vuitton’s Papillon bag will be pleased to know the retro barrel shape is making a comeback. Brands like Vuitton and Chanel are known for their tiny, yet mighty cylinders, but now almost every designer has joined the ring. With standout metal plaques stamped with the labels moniker on either side, Loewe’s new mini bag was spotted on a number of Fashion Week-goers this season. Burberry’s mini crossbody places an edgy spin on its classic tartan check print. Manu Atelier fits two on-the-money trends (barrel shapes and chain-links) into one piece of arm candy.
At this point, no Y2K trend would shock us, so it comes as no surprise that designers are rediscovering denim's multifaceted ways for 2022. We’re here to calm your nerves about handbags in the slightly polarizing texture. Louis Vuitton debuted the casual carryall in the ‘90s around the same time Fendi’s baguette became a breakout star. Other brands like Celine and Chanel have a reputation for using blue jeans in their accessories lineups, and Gucci’s classic Ophidia and Diana bags have also just gotten a cotton makeover. All of this is a good indication that, if you haven't already been seeking out a denim bag, you will be soon.