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When shopping for a new bag this season, there are a few overarching themes that make up the most noteworthy spring/summer 2023 handbag trends. For starters, you can’t go wrong with something roomy and soft or an updated style in a classic shape—think crossbody satchels, baguettes, and buckets. These signature bags have been given an update for the season, whether they’re woven, quilted, folded, or come with a pre-worn appearance. Bags that feel like they’ve already lived a lifetime is a common theme resonating among designers, and you can see them come to life on everything from soft crinkled leather totes to slouchy shoulder bags. For those wanting something a bit more pristine, the quiet luxury aesthetic has certainly left its mark in the handbag department, with an offering of styles worth investing in. You can also expect styles that feel quintessential to the spring/summer season, like a woven basket bag to a canvas bucket. As spring slowly transitions into summer, you can also find a few newer handbag styles, including sophisticated and practical monochrome carryalls, which are ready to take on all of your summer adventures, plus a few, let’s just say, less practical (but just as covetable!) evenings bags to carry with you on summer nights and the season’s occasions to come.
Here, shop the top styles that walked the runways and more of the best bags for spring, summer, and beyond.
Rattan, raffia, or canvas—all signs point to sweet summertime bags! Street style stars and Vogue editors alike have made the case for toting woven bags all year round, and stylish options from Khaite to Dragon Diffusion make it so easy to do so.
In natural canvas, woven leather, or bright-colored suedes, this spring offers a fresh crop of seasonal-forward bucket bags, perfect for any occasion. Let these practical but fun styles take you straight into summer.
Summer fashion comes with its own assortment of textures and materials, like linen and crochet. The same sentiment goes for the accessory department, too. Seasonal embellishments like sequins, bamboo, beads, and jute, have made their way onto evening bags, pouches, and clutches, making them optimal choices for summer nights and soirees.
Wherever you’re going, and whatever you're wearing, these neutral-toned carryall bags are the perfect accompaniment. In ivory, white, or black canvas and leathers, you can be sure any of the below understatedly chic styles will go well with any summertime look— colorful or not.
A signature handbag style among luxury houses is the leather shoulder with a flap, sealed with their respective logo hardware. For spring, you can find an updated version of these familiar crossbody silhouettes from designers like Saint Laurent and Gucci in quilted leather. Plus, the padded effect proves to be timeless as ever.
This season’s roomy carryalls come in ultra-soft leathers and suedes in shapes that, while read ultra-relaxed, still come across as sophisticated. Case in point: Bottega Veneta’s Ellipse bag—a soft teardrop shape is held together with a small leather knot while gold hardware adds an elegant touch to the soft shape. Loewe’s elongated Paseo bag’s folded leather detail gives it a soft, gathered appearance without losing its contemporary look via its signature knotted drawstrings.
For those seeking a seasonless handbag investment, you’ll find happiness within the “quiet luxury” trend. From emerging minimalist-centric brands like Savette to Demellier, and luxury mainstays such as The Row and Saint Laurent, these bags offer an understatedly chic look for the everyday.
This idea of something already possessing wear and tear or being pre-owned is a theme we’re seeing on everything from leather jackets to handbags. Givenchy’s latest shoulder bag, for example, is self described as “tumbled” while offerings from Miu Miu and Saint Laurent are made from leather that appears rugged, pre-scratched up, and worn, ensuring that effortlessly cool look for years to come.
While other bag silhouettes seem to be growing in size, spring’s totes are going in the other direction. Small to medium-sized top handles are a fun-sized alternative to the signature shape, plus many of these structured rectangular-shaped bags offer an extra crossbody-length strap while still being sizable enough to hold all of the key essentials (from sunglasses to your latest book), whether you’re on vacation or on the go.
If there’s one spring 2023 handbag trend that will surely never go out of style, it’s the baguette bag. With its signature snug under-the-shoulder carry and flap closure, you can’t go wrong with the shape made iconic by Fendi.
The 2000s have made a serious impact on collections as of late, be it miniskirts to low-waist trousers, and the decade has certainly left an impression in the handbag department as well. Colorful shoulder bags with buckles, pockets, rhinestones, and other kitschy details that reference the time period makes these the perfect candidate for a “going out” bag.