Personally, a beautifully crafted bag is a better investment than any individual garment. It goes without saying that I adore clothes, but a handbag, which is carried most days and often stores our most valued possessions, is an instant indication of your style. Revisited throughout the year (and potentially over decades), your go-to carryall is a part of your daily uniform, your armor; it’s one of the first things we present to the world of the aesthetic we wish to project. Compact and chic, oversized and ostentatious, practical and minimal, a bag can become an extension of ourselves.
Conversely, if you see a bag as a just playful accessory to switch up constantly and add drama to your look, then even more reason for it to be directional, fun, and functional. And if you consider a bag to be purely practical, well, now may be the time to look away. Because the five trends ahead — what we’re calling the most ubiquitous of 2017 — are anything but boring.
The Ring Bag
Whether it’s the J.W.Anderson Pierce or the Chloé Nile, ring bags are having a moment. Visually bold, the circular-shaped design detail is the defining feature on 2017’s It bag, and Topshop’s structured take on the silhouette is at the top of our list. At under-$50, this fast-fashion version of the trend is a fraction of the price of its luxury counterparts (though it could easily be mistaken for one). Wear as crossbody to nail two bag trends in one.
Photographed by Ana Cuba.
The New Bucket Bag
Though I love offerings from Mansur Gavriel, Proenza Schouler, Staud and Zara, Simon Miller is the real master of the modern bucket bag in 2017.
This Bonsai 20 bucket bag has been referred to as “The Smallest Ever It Bag” and is a …read more