The spring and summer runways welcomed the return of the shoulder bag. A staple in many wardrobes but it has been overshadowed for a few seasons by its somewhat more boxy and cute cousin, the crossbody bag. Good news, the shoulder bag trends for SS’22 don’t dictate shape or colour as it’s all about matching (not contrasting) your outfit. It’s all very easy, think one colour, minimalist and if you’re missing detail, opt for an accent stitch. You can crack this trend at every budget level. Here are some examples of the shoulder bag trends from under £100 to up to £5000.
Architectural shapes in one colour were popular across many designers’ SS’22 collections. No need to break the bank channelling the designer look. From Urban Outfitters the Laila shoulder bag in faux leather has strong lines and curves from the scooped top opening. Available in a smooth black finish too. Price £29.
A little leather lovely available in three fresh spring colours but I’ve chosen the pretty in pink option here. This mini leather bag from Zara comes with short handles and a shoulder strap, nicely in one colour all over with rounded top corners. Think mini bowling bag style from the 1950-60s. Price £119.
Minimalistic with clean curved lines, the key elements found in original 1960s design influences. This is an eye-catching bag from Coccinelle who describe it as plectrum shaped – the handheld guitar string plucking tool. Various sizes and colours are available. This is the small Coccinellecosima bag, £295. The larger black version is equally striking.
£400 to £500
Coming soon, Coach‘s Cashin Carry tote bag, reimagined today from its origins in 1969. Spotted on the SS’22 runway in different colours and sizes (seen here without the shoulder strap that comes with both sizes). If you’re in need of colour therapy, this option is the closest to the Pantone Colour of the Year ‘Very Peri’ which is a blue with violet-red undertones. Price varies according to the size.
Possibly the most unusual top handle shoulder bag option on the list. JW Anderson‘s Twister bag named so for the twist which creates the top-of-bag handle, which still achieves a minimalist look, despite the handle detail. This bag packs a punch from the neon colour options. Netaporter gives the bag ‘cult find’ status – the sought after pieces most stylish people love. Price £650.
The boxy quilted leather mini Roman Stud bag from Valentino Garavani, gives full attitude which is quite an achievement even when the all-black colour version (including the pyramid studs) is chosen. The short bag handles are complimented with two shoulder straps; one chain, one leather featuring more of the iconic studs. Price £1960 at netaporter.
2022 is full of revival examples, and the year that the House of Gucci has been a feature of box office movies, the brand has taken and revitalised its Bamboo 1947 top handle bag with shoulder strap. There are lots of colour options, in a palette of mono colours and prints. Price varies on the size and print option.
The signature intrecciato finish of Bottega Veneta isn’t new but the Cassette bag features both its top handle and shoulder strap in chain form. This bag has no desire to be described as minimalist due to its chunky chain choice of handles but the single colour options mean this bag is bang on the SS’22 trends. The electric blue version is not for the faint-hearted. Price £3320.
For those wanting to splash the cash, the classic Fendi Peekaboo is featuring one of the bag trends that kept appearing on the runways, accent stitching. It’s no surprise that this bag is called the ISeeU bag. The larger size bag can be worn over the shoulder using the detachable strap. To get your hands on this bag, you will need to contact Fendi directly. Price £4500.
There you have it – are you ready to park the crossbody bag and let your bag hang down on one side? Top marks go to the longer strap shoulder bags with top handles – because we like to keep our options open when we can. For more SS’22 fashion trends and inspiration check out:
Photo credit: thanks to Magda Ehlers from Pexels for the header image.