Bags, I’ll admit, probably aren’t on everyone’s shopping lists right now. But I still think they’re a real practical item to own—even if you’re not making the trip to the office or a brunch out with friends, they’re still useful for stashing your antibacterial gel, face masks and holding the usual keys, money and mobile. For this autumn/winter 2020, the emphasis is on classic trends that you’ll love for a long time to come, which is particularly important when we’re considering our budgets more than ever. For me, when applying this to bags, a great investment tote is all about finding one that A) you love and B) is so classic that when you wear it years later, it won’t look dated.
I’ve narrowed down eight key handbag trends for autumn 2020 that are a real mix of more escapist, fun trends and pieces that you’ll love forever. Of course, the ideal bag hits the two of the aforementioned criteria, which I definitely think a lot of these handbags manage to tick off. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know when it comes to 2020 autumn handbag trends.
Courtesy of Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta autumn/winter 2020 runway
There’s a rule of thumb in fashion right now: If Bottega Veneta has a certain handbag trend, then prepare to spot it everywhere else. Daniel Lee’s golden touch means that the fringed bag is going to be seen in luxury houses as well as the high street.
If there’s one thing that I know about bags right now and our shopping habits, it’s that we need practical bags that will actually hold the stuff you need. They also need to give you easy access to your hands, so I give you the chicest crossbody bags I’ve seen around right now…
Another fashion house that always provides us with a super-cool new bag style is JW Anderson. Trust me when I say the designer’s chunky chain-embellished totes are going to be on every fashion influencers’ wish list.
Pared-back style is one of the biggest trends we’ve seen on the runways and on Instagram for the past few seasons. The good news is that there are loads of brands offering up new and interesting silhouettes is chic colourways.
Thanks to Gucci delving into its back catalogue, we can welcome back the Jackie bag. This time, the hobo bag comes in pastel hues and classic Gucci prints. But if you’re not up for the price tag, there are plenty of high-street versions that are super chic too.
Okay, yes, it’s a slightly silly trend, we’ll admit it, but there’s something about the mini bag that keeps drawing us back in. While there might not be much call for it right now, but once we’re in a more public-friendly time, you can get out your Jacquemus Le Chiquito and watch as the compliments roll in.
Another one for the evening do's, but I’d argue also great if you’re meeting a friend for a coffee. Crucially, you can at least put your wrist through the handle so it’s a touch more practical than some of the others on this list.