Are you ever bored with the bags you see people carrying around? They’re pretty much all the same few shapes, but in different sizes and colors. If you haven’t gotten a new bag in a while, carrying your stuff around can feel like a drag. Luckily, the fashion world has developed a solution for you that is sure to prevent bag boredom.
Besides patterns and colors, the latest trend is uniquely shaped handbags. When Marc Jacobs re-introduced fanny packs to the fashion world at the end of 2009, he was onto something: women needed a new form of purse. Since then, various designers and labels have developed ingenious new bags that will make you stand out from the crowd and love carrying a bag again.
One of the widest bag collections is available from Topshop, which is great because of their availability and accessibility for Americans. The most interesting purse at Topshop right now is the envelope clutch, which is, as it sounds, a flat clutch in the shape of an envelope. They have envelope bags in tons of different colors and textures – whether you want your bag to be bold or neutral, there is an envelope clutch to fit your style. Topshop also boasts the trendy buckle clutch design, a trendy twist on an old classic. Classic black and brown clutches are instantly spruced up with the addition of leather straps and buckles, rather than just a magnetic flap.
Another hot trend of the moment is the small, circular purse style, usually worn over the shoulder, on a long metal chain. Marc Jacobs and other designers have taken on this trend in their spring collections. You can find great, stylish circular cross-body bags at Topshop, Aldo, and ShopBop. Most of these bags come in pleather or leather and are traditional colors like black and red. But if you’re looking for something more vibrant, Louis Vuitton has produced a patterned, heart-shaped version of the trend, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
If you’re feeling intimidated by these new shapes, try a more muted style and experiment with texture. For example, quilted bags are very popular right now, possibly because of Blake Lively’s endorsement as the Chanel ambassador. Whatever the reason, you’ll be in style carrying a quilted bag, even in a traditional shape. Quilted bags are available at most fashion stores, including ASOS, Topshop, Aldo, and ShopBop. Compare the ShopBop designer pieces with more affordable pieces from some of the other sites, and find the one that most suits you!
Our last style-watch with bag shapes this season is the box shape. Some of these clutches look like eyeglass cases, while others are smaller and more square-like. They’re great if you don’t need to carry a lot with you, but still want to travel in style. Diane von Furstenberg has a great metallic selection of this shape on ShopBop, and the sites previously mentioned carry similar items.
Feeling inspired yet? Invest in one of these trend-setting bags, and you’ll be everyone’s envy!