In New York, your bag contains your life for the day. It's basically the equivalent of a car. New Yorkers are always walking, which means that their outfits and bags are always on display. So yeah, handbags are pretty important when you live in NYC. I don't live in NYC anymore, but it remains one of my favorite places to visit—and people-watch.
I just returned from a trip to the city, and my eyes were peeled for one fashion item, in particular: Yes, it's handbags. There were six fresh trends I saw over and over, and they coincide with the trends NYC fashion people have been Instagramming as of late. Each of these trends is functional, versatile, and cool. Plus, they're all useful no matter where you live. If a bag works for NYC life, it'll work for life in pretty much any city.
Keep scrolling to familiarize yourself with—and shop—the current favorite bag trends among NYC fashion people.
Slouchy Shoulder Bags
If you have a really long day and need to carry everything from an umbrella to a change of shoes with you, a slouchy shoulder bag will see you through.
Totes, which were once reserved for work and travel, are now perfectly acceptable to carry around the city and beyond. Just toss everything you could possibly need for the next 12 hours in it and you're out the door.
New Yorkers used to have the stereotype of wearing black all the time, but that line of thinking has faded. For example, during my trip, I saw tons of colorful shoulder bags that would've fit right in during the '90s and early '00s.