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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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Lansdowne Road Croc Large Grab Tote
Radley London is my current go-to for affordable leather—and QVC has some chic styles on sale, so I’m even more eager to buy. I’m stuck between this trendy blue bag and another, more practical black style, both under $200.
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.
Sequin Bucket Bag
This sparkly bucket bag comes in three 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
Sports wear, also known as the “gorecore aesthetic” will be huge in 2022 fashion. Opt for this sporty Ganni bag instead of a camping trip.
Feather Clutch Bag
This bright green feather clutch is the perfect statement piece to dress up an all black 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.
Mini Swipe Colorblock Leather Top Handle Bag
This two-toned 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 Ruched Handle Bag
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.
Lou Shoulder Bag
Guys, I’m head over heels for all the new Rebecca Minkoff bags. Can you believe?! This little red bag feels like an absolute must before heading into the holiday season. Don’t fault me for debating buying it in green, too.
This tiny lilac 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!
Chain Handled Quilted Leather Bag
Last but never ever least, a bag I’ll most definitely be impulse-buying during my next unnecessary Zara run. I can attest that they’ve been nailing handbags this season, and this antique gold chain and bright blue faux leather combo is one of their best.
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.