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Ladies and gentlemen, I want to go shopping. To be fair, I pretty much always feel the itch, but I don’t necessarily always allow myself to scratch. That said, this time I’m scratching up a storm—and I’m using all the hottest 2022 bag trends as my metaphorical backscratcher. They get the job done!
OK, let’s ditch the whole itch metaphor and get down to business. I really don’t need a new handbag at the moment, but I’m looking to add a little spice to my wardrobe and I can’t afford all-new everything. When you’re in a similar situation, let accessories be your savior. A few new pieces can transform your current staples when styled properly!
So what are the top 2022 bag trends to keep in mind? Lately it’s been all about slouchy silhouettes, but the tides are turning and structure is in. Box bags and more rigid, classic shapes are definitely in the mix, but often done in softer leathers that still allow for a bit of give. Let’s ease into it, am I right?
Of course, all your favorite brands have drool-worthy bags on the market right now, from STAUD and Coach and to celebrity favorites like JW Pei (EmRata is obsessed). Corperni and Brandon Blackwood are churning out new It Bag silhouettes by the second, and of course, I’ll never say no to cute NY-based brands like Freja New York.
Below, read on for all the bags I’m debating impulse-buying. You’ve been warned!
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Icon Leather Shoulder Bag
This shoulder bag from PEDRO feels both modern and timeless thanks to its sleek combination of suede and leather. The strap is adjustable so you can wear it as a shoulder bag or crossbody and if you use code NEWPEDRO15, you’ll get 15 percent off your first purchase.
Smile Velvet Crossbody Bag
The Kate Spade smile bag
is a great modern option from the brand which traditionally makes more classic styles. The chain detail lets you wear it as a shoulder bag or a crossbody.
Beaded Fringe Bag
This sparkly fringe bag comes in two colors and will elevate any outfit. Just because the bag is glittery doesn’t mean it has to be saved for a special occasion; sequins also make denim look great.
Arlen Mesh Top Handle Bag
If the contents of your purse are just as cool as the bag itself, show them off with this mesh top handle bag by Brandon Blackwood.
Small Tech Quilted Crossbody Bag
Sportswear, also known as the “gorpcore aesthetic” has been huge this year. Opt for this sporty Ganni bag instead of a camping trip.
Short Handle Hair Bag
This fuzzy orange mini bag is the perfect statement piece to dress up a neutral look. It’s giving Bottega, but for way less.
Lily Shoulder Bag
Consider switching out your black everyday bag for a brown one. This new JW PEI silhouette will fit all of your essentials and match any outfit.
Swipe Leather Top Handle Bag
This bright blue Coperni handbag is mouthwatering. The shape and circular zipper detail are super unique and it’s on major sale.
Soft Tabby Shoulder Bag
I have a feeling the Pillow Tabby will be out by 2022, but Coach bags and the general Tabby silhouette will very much still be a thing. This version reads much more timeless and practical, without sacrificing that same on-trend look.
Mini Kensington Quilted Velvet Crossbody
Caroline Bag in Oat
The ’90s silhouette of this cream number is so chic. This Freja bag is made of vegan leather and has a warm burgundy interior that won’t easily get dirty. Bottom line? It’s the perfect bag to wear everyday and will last for years to come.
Tommy Beaded Bag in Bordeaux Argyle
Oh, you want a beaded statement bag? Look no further than STAUD’s Tommy Bags, available in an array of patterns. The Gossip Girl lover in me wants to wear this preppy argyle one in lieu of a Constance Billard school uniform.
Mini Hilma Bag
This tiny metallic bag is almost like wearing an ultra-fashionable fanny pack if you use the crossbody chain. Despite its small size, the bag holds a decent amount of stuff because of all the pockets.
The Small Tote Bag
Adding one more tote to the list for good measure, I’ve been eyeing this Marc Jacobs one
for quite some time. It’s available in tons of different fabrics and multiple sizes, but the classic small canvas is as practical as it gets. Plus, you can get it with Prime 2-Day Shipping.
Vienna Top Handle Bag
With green reigning as the It hue of the moment, this sweet top-handle bag from SINBONO feels like a total must-have. It comes in a ton of different colors if you prefer neutrals, but I foresee myself going bright.
In terms of what I actually need—a classic black everyday bag—this new silhouette from JW Pei fits the bill flawlessly. I love the chunky gold hardware accents and the slightly sloped shape. It’s about the details, folks!
Assante Tote Bag
Quilted bags are having a moment and a quilted tote has the added benefit of protecting your laptop. This faux leather option from Stand Studio also comes with a shoulder strap.