Bag Trends 2019: Get Ahead Of The Curve This Year

When it came to the fashion on display during show season, towards the end of last year, many designers opted to continue pushing the memo ‘you do you.’

That being said, a few threads did begin to emerge. So if you’re keen to understand which fashion trends are likely to stay big in 2019, we’ve got a whole feature on it.

Giant, oversized bags are no longer the preserve of Jacquemus and his enormous raffia totes, as we saw big bags clutched in the nook of models’ arms at Etro, Loewe, Givenchy and more.

Teeny bags with interesting handles are also sticking around though. So we can almost guarantee that within these bag trends for 2019, there will be something that suits your personal style down to the ground.

The New Clutch

As we’ve mentioned, enormous tote bags are here to make carrying your entire make-up bag and several changes of clothes super easy in 2019.

Marni Fall-Winter’19
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But other than just being super huge, these bags come with a new styling mandate. Namely, those handles are passé and the new de rigueur is the crook of the arm clutch.

From left to right: Acne Studios Musubi large leather tote bag (US$1,402), Burberry Society canvas and leather tote bag (US$2,115) and Valextra shopping two-tone leather-trimmed canvas tote (US$1,452).

*That* Dior Saddle Bag

Not so much a new trend, as much as a renaissance of what was once an absolute classic.

Christian Dior Fall-Winter’19
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With the general resurgence of the monogram bag, designers are feeling more broadly nostalgic for archive pieces that might enjoy their time back in the spotlight.

And the Queen Bee of all of these classics, at least for this year, is the Dior saddle bag, with Dior themselves bringing it back to their SS19 runways.

From left to right: Calfskin Saddle Bag (US$3,350), Kaléidiorscopic Saddle Bag (US$5,600) and Oblique Saddle Bag (US$2,950).

Decorative Ring Handle Bags

The ring handle bag has been around for a little while, with all manner of summer straw bags now coming with a wooden circular appendage.

Image source: @peterpilotto

However, this season, we’re seeing them get even more pretty and decorative. It’s your going out-out look that now requires a ring handle, as seen above at Peter Pilotto.

From left to right: Marni Pannier leather bucket bag (US$1,739), Rosantica by Michela Panero Billie beaded tassel clutch bag (US$630) and Rosantica by Michela Panero Sicilia tile cage-frame bucket bag (US$921).

Feathered Friends

Why get a cat when your bag can act as a surrogate pet? Jokes aside though, the new fluffy appendage comes in the form of feathered bags, as seen below at Peter Pilotto FW’19.

Peter Pilotto Fall-Winter’19
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From tiny little feathered clutch bags, right through to giant feather totes, the bag size is irrelevant, it’s the embellishment that matters for this trend.

From left to right: Loeffler Randall small feather-trimmed pearl tote (US$266), The Attico beaded ostrich-feather satin clutch (US$589) and Marques’ Almeida feather-embellished cross-body bag (US$507).

Belt Bag Gets A Make-Over

Bum bags had their moment recently, with Gucci leading the charge and the belt bag isn’t really going anywhere this year.

Givenchy Fall-Winter’19
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As demonstrated by Givenchy above, belt bags this season are portrayed in an elevated version from the past slouchy form – they are useful, sleek, occasionally super teeny, but definitely more up-market and chic.

From left to right: Chylak glossed croc-effect leather belt bag (US$251), Jacquemus Bello pebbled-leather belt bag (US$382) and Nanushka Minee croc-effect fax leather belt bag (US$313).

This article first appeared on ELLE UK.