By Katie Wright
At this time of year, we’d usually be perusing the accessories on the autumn/winter catwalks and looking ahead to the glitzy bags we’ll be toting around during the festive season.
This year however, with many of us still working from home and doing a lot less socialising than we’re used to, our handbag needs are of the more practical variety – but you can still have some fun with styling, if you’d like.
Autumn calls for no-nonsense bags that are chic and versatile, and luckily there were plenty of those on the AW20 runways. Thankfully, the high street is full of budget-friendly takes on the trends, as well as vegan-friendly designs.
Here are four of the biggest bag trends of the season…
The trend for tiny totes continued on the autumn/winter catwalks, with mini top handle purses seen at Ashley Williams, Fendi, Chanel and Oscar de la Renta.
While some of these designer accessories were so miniscule they’ll barely hold a credit card, on the high street you’ll find totes perfectly sized to fit your phone, purse, face mask and hand sanitiser, and with an extra cross-body strap so you can go hands-free.
Just as we long to be wrapped up in fuzzy teddy bear coats come winter, there’s something so appealing about a faux-fur bag – whether it’s a soft beige Michael Kors holdall, or a bright green Ashley Williams tote.
A big fluffy tote is ideal for carting around all your essentials, while a smaller multi-pocket bag (inspired by the utility trend) will help you downsize and declutter.
Probably the most popular bag style during fashion month, clutch bags were nestled under the arms of models at Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Loewe, Prada, Roland Mouret and more.
These weren’t your typical eveningwear clutches, though. This season, it’s all about softer, slouchier styles in muted tones that you can wear during the day. Or, you can even fake a clutch by folding over the top of a tote bag and carrying it by hand.
Thanks to Chanel, black quilted bags have been fashionable for decades – and that’s not about to change any time soon. But this season we saw some cool padded styles in electric blue and green shades at Burberry and Balmain.
Keep it classic for autumn with a square quilted crossbody with a chain strap, or switch it up with a commuter-friendly backpack in a brighter hue.