Next to shoes, handbags are undoubtedly one of the most important items in any girls wardrobe. Whether you want to head out for dinner, catch up with a girlfriend or shop up a storm, there’s a bag for every occasion. But with bag trends constantly changing, it can be hard to keep up with what’s hot and what’s so not. From bum bags to wicker baskets and cross-bodies in between, here are the trending bags of the season (that you can actually expect to stick around for a while.)
#1 The Cylinder Bag
Move over bucket bags, the cylinder bag is here, and we are obsessed with it. Not only does it fit almost everything you own (including a water bottle), but the fun design adds the right amount of quirk to any outfit. And with the option to personalise your purchase, it means you will avoid siblings, friends or significant others “borrowing” it.
The Daily Edited Mini Cylinder Bag ($190)
#2 The Bamboo Bag
Taking instagram by storm with its iconic open-weave bamboo design, the Ark bag by Cult Gaia is the bag you’ll want to be this summer. Shaped in a half-circle with a handle on each side, the bag is both elegant and unique… with a touch of practicality. And if you’ve already got your hands on a bamboo bag, why not check out the acrylic Ark bags? Ranging in colours like Seaglass, Lavender and Sage, we won’t judge if you add a few to your cart.
Cult Gaia Gaias Ark Nag ($175)
#3 The Transparent Bag
The clear bag trend is far from a new concept but think before pulling out your mum’s PVC beach tote from the 90s. Transparent bags have amped up the street-style game this season, and we think the best part is that you won’t have to fish around for your lipstick! The Shirley Bag from LA brand, Staud, is a classic structured tote that features a fully removable calf leather insert pouch. Ideal for those days when you feel like giving the world a little insight into your purse.
Staud Shirely Bag ($210)
#4 The Belt Bag
Searching for a bag that doubles as a belt and leaves you hands free? Look no further than the Campbell Belt Bag by Dylan Kain. Made from full grain kappa leather, this bag boasts a roomy interior, so you can zip up and stash away all of your essentials. And if on the slight chance the belt bag trend wears off just adjust the strap to sling it across your body for a completely different look!
Dylan Kain Belt Bag ($280)
#5 The Ring Handle Bag
Doubling as a bag and bracelet, ring handle bags were first seen taking the runway by storm in 2017 when Chloe introduced their iconic Nile bag. Fast forward to Spring 2018, and the circular handle has been the defining feature of handbags from designers around the globe. The metallic handle tote bag from Mango features metal top-handles for you to slip onto your wrist and forgo a bangle or two, and ample storage space, so you can throw in and zip up your wallet, phone, keys and any other bits and pieces.
Mango Metallic Tote Bag ($60)
#6 The Beaded Bag
Talk about vintage revivals! The beaded bag entered 2018 with a bang, adding a playful element to any outfit, and we have none other than Hannah Weiland, founder of Shrimps to thank. Releasing the first of many beaded bags back in 2016, her arm candy has since been seen on the arms of trend setters like Alexa Chung and Laura Jackson. Before you go compiling your Shrimp wishlist, we will warn you that these beaded beauties are a little pricey, ranging from $495 all the way up to $850. But (in our opinion) totally worth the investment.
Shrimps Molly Fuchsia Purse ($495)