Bag trends 2020: Guide to the fashion bags

Whether you’ve got lots of spare cash about or prefer to bag a bargain, the catwalks are the ideal starting place for inspiration and planning a new season wardrobe.  If you didn’t happen to make it to Paris, New York, London or Milan (back in September), here’s your guide to the designer handbags for Spring/Summer ’20.  Introducing six fashion trends and the fashion bags, spotted on the runways.

Crochet and leather

If you don’t fancy wearing brightly coloured leather or crochet, leave the ’70’s vibe to your handbag.  From left to right: Fendi clutch, two tone tote bag from Kenzo, a Prabal Gurung citrus shopper and a neutral option from Prada.

Oversized tote bag

A contrast to last summer’s tiny sized miniature handbags, just big enough for your keys only, next summer we are treated to oversized tote bags.  In white, from Hermès,  in a rich lilac from Emilia Wickstead, in black, Max Mara and in soft yellow from Bottega Veneta,

Fruity colour accents

The catwalks were full of citrus colours.  Think tangerine and lime.  Then remember the styles are handbags and shoulder bags (no crossbody bags for spring and summer).  Here you can see from left to right, Oscar de la Renta, lime green frm Rejina Pyo, bright wicker from Salvatore Ferragamo, lime green clutch from Annakiki and last but by no means least tangerine vintage handbag styling from Cristiano Burani.

Go dotty

Polka dots are back but if you don’t fancy wearing them all over a dress, go for the handbags. Love the cut out holes from Off White in a tall tote bag.  Or the handbag with a chunky handle from Dries Van Noten.

Brilliant White

The runways were full of white and the outfits were head to toe.  The bags to compliment were handbags, crochet tote bags and shoulder bags.  From left to right, Versace accented a tangerine blouse with a white shoulder bag; Alexander McQueen added crochet to its white tote bag and Valentino provided a small shoulder bag to a full flowing white dress.

Keeping in neutral

If there’s one essential bag for your wardrobe, it’s a neutral coloured handbag.  For spring and summer opt for neutral if you’re wearing polka dots.  To note, keep your bag on a short strap and carry it as a handbag, tall tote bag or a baguette shoulder bag.  From the left, the Staud handbag, the chunky chain strap baguette from Bottega Veneta, the sheer tote from Philip Lim, the woven handbag from Aigner and the large tote bag from Salvatore Ferragamo.

With over 20 designer bags here for inspiration from the SS’20 runways, you can get ahead and with a shortlist of styles (handbags and shoulder bags), colours (bright), materials (crochet and woven leather) and prints (dots).  Top tip: try and spot any of these features in the Christmas and New Year sales that are just about to start, in a couple of days and you will bag a bargain!

For more inspiration on the fashion trends, check out the 5 fashion trends for SS’20.

Happy holidays!


Photo credit: runway shots from Harpers Bazaar, Elle and Vogue.

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