The best designer handbags: autumn/winter 2019
The handbag trends of autumn/winter 2019
But all too often the sheer amount of choice can be overwhelming: day bag or evening, practical or pretty, hand-held or hands-free.
Don't head to the accessories hall without doing your homework. Read on for the key autumn/winter 19 handbag trends.
From left: Anya Hindmarch; Gucci; Versace
The top-handled trend lives on, and it's grown from a pretty little pouch to full on formidable lady who lunches.
This is a real investment piece, one that you will return to decade after decade (if you look after it), and could even be handed on to the next generation. Look for elegant lines, branding that's built to last and keep things simple - you can always update it with an accessory or two.
From left: Christopher Kane; Bottega Veneta; Dries Van Noten
Gone are the days of the LBB (little black bag) as the only option for an evening out. Moving on from the chain straps of 2018, the clutch is back and on fighting form.
There are a whole host of super-sized statement clutches to choose from with fabrics and materials that are beyond the realms of ordinary imaginations. The normal rules don't apply, so don't think about what it will go with - the answer is nothing and therefore everything.
From left: Givenchy; Prada; Balenciaga
The best things come in small packages - or so the adage goes. And when those packages come in a designer dust bag who can argue?
While Jacquemus' nano bags took the idea to its tiniest dimensions yet, away from the silliness of social media we're more than happy to make do with a micro bag for those occasions where packing light is an option.
Elegant belt bags
From left: Fendi; Chanel; Hermes
Alright, the belt bag isn't a new trend exactly. But so far we've been mostly offered sporty or streetwear-influenced designs.
Now the hands-free option is all grown up and offering extremely refined and sleek options, which work perfectly with the figure-skimming pencil skirts of the ladylike trend of autumn/winter.
From left: Alexander McQueen; Oscar de la Renta; Victoria Beckham
Think you know all the charms of a chain bag? There's a slew of designers who'd like you to think again.
Whether it's suspending a vast pochette from a slim metal chain, clutching a work of art from a chunky acrylic strap or combining a metallic clutch with impressive body jewellery, the chain continues.
Large shoulder bags
From left: Loewe; Michael Kors Collection; Salvatore Ferragamo
The slouchy shoulder bags of the mid-noughts have returned - but they've left the un-PC name in the last decade.
Capacious styles in unstructured leather are a bit of a sleeper hit right now, but the trend will surely only grow - especially if we're all going to be carting around reusable coffee cups, water bottles and grocery containers from now on.