Fall is seeing major fashion comebacks (case in point: paper-bag pants, mules, earrings the size of our face), and handbags are following suit. From flashy patterns to exaggerated proportions, you’ll be seeing bold bags everywhere—and lots of “I remember that…” detailing.
Exotic-inspired bags are back with a bang. This includes lots (and lots) of faux fur, crocodile stamp, and leopard print. But fall’s trendiest animal print is snakeskin. On purse flaps or covering the whole bag, it’s a guaranteed trend win.
Take every larger-than-life fashion trend this year—bright colors, vintage florals, graphic prints, brocade fabrics, embellishments, logos, chains—and meld them all together in one outspoken bag. (Psst, if you’re not sure where to start, find a bag in your favorite shade of red and go from there.)
After a couple years of compact crossbodies, carryalls are reclaiming the spotlight. But the style has shifted from squared-away totes to shapeless shoppers in pillow-soft leather. You might be thinking “like a hobo bag?” Yep, pretty much.
Listen: Just because new purses are trending, doesn’t mean your beloved crossbody is going anywhere. It’s just getting a little update. Fulfill all your rock star dreams and change out the strap on your bag for one with colorful embroidery or Western studs. (What, this old Fendi?)
TOP-HANDLE MICRO BAGS
You know and love mini bags. Now, meet the micro bag—all the same, just teenier. And the only way micro bags could be any cuter is by the addition of top handles. Well, it’s all happening for fall 2017. Just opt for a metallic hardware and creamy leathers to keep it from teenybopper territory.
This right here is a micro recurrence. Daytime clutches had their heyday several years ago, dotting almost every other Pinterest image with a leopard pouch. But after some over-exposure and a brief hiatus, they’re back and much bigger. Skip the wallet-size versions and make a statement with larger styles in more colorful patterns.