8 Understated Handbags That Look Really Expensive—and Won't Date

While we are quite partial to Gucci's monogrammed Dionysus bag and would happily add anything with interlocking CC Chanel hardware to our closets, it seems there is a new set of handbag brands that are garnering the attention of the street style set. 

With a focus on distinctive shapes, the designers on our radars of late aren't relying on bold logos and overt branding to capture the attention of fashion lovers. Instead, labels including Staud, Danse Lente, Yuzefi and more, are using unique architectural designs and recognizable silhouettes to ensure their pieces stand out from the crowd. 

Whether it be bucket bags or crossbodys, top handles or totes, it seems influencers and editors are choosing to invest in understated purses which promise longevity. Keep scrolling to find eight understated handbags that you'll love for seasons to come. 


Monikh: By Far



Style Notes: Garnering the attention of influencers and It girls alike, By Far counts Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid as fans. The brand's vintage-inspired pieces are perfect for modern women who appreciate classic shapes and handmade craftsmanship. 


Jessie Bush: Yuzefi Bag



Style Notes: London-based brand Yuzefi prides itself on creating luxury products at an accessible price point. With unique silhouettes and interesting designs, it's no wonder this brand has caught the eye of many of our fashionable favourites. 


Style Notes: Elleme's brand aesthetic centres around simplicity and timelessness. Based in Paris, Elleme often introduces new colour and fabrics to reinvent its signature Baozi bag shape. 

Wicker Wings

Sabina Socol: Wicker Wings Bag



Style Notes: As the ultimate summer staple (that is gaining popularity over the winter months too), Wicker Wings creates wicker bags with sustainability in mind. 

Danse Lente

Style Notes: With a focus on sculptural silhouettes and interesting accents, Danse Lente is fast becoming the fashion girl's go-to. 


The Style Stalker: Staud Bag



Style Notes: After the brand's bucket bag was seen on just about every influencer throughout fashion month in 2018, Staud solidified itself as a fashion mainstay. Since then, the brand has turned out interesting shapes and varying colourways, many of which have become equally as popular as the original. 


Style Notes: Handmade in Italy, Wadler is known for its distinctive designs and unique use of colour. A fast favourite amongst the style set, Wadler is often spotted all over the streets during fashion month. 


Style Notes: Produced in South Korea, Gu_De (pronounced "good") focuses on timeless shapes and classic designs yet still manage to offer something unexpected. 

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