by Valerie Demetros
While even some of the best designer handbag trends can go out of style, there are a handful that never lose their appeal. And just like your favorite jeans or your LBD, a good handbag collection is essential.
From totes to crossbodies, here’s a guide to some of the essential designer handbag silhouettes you need in your closet.
A safe investment is always the classic oversized tote, which never goes out of fashion. If you’re in the market, go big and get one that holds a lot like YSL’s Icare quilted leather tote, which not only makes a statement but can take anything you throw in there. The same goes for the iconic Louis Vuitton Neverfull, available in different patterns and materials as well as the well-known monogram coated canvas.
To keep your hands free, everyone needs a crossbody. These are consistently popular on the runway. Bottega Veneta’s Cassette is a classic in bright colors that pop each season and Gucci’s Matelassé crossbody bag stands the test of time.
For a special night out with just a lipstick and your phone, a cute clutch will take you anywhere. Choose a statement clutch like Chanel’s Black Goatskin Quilted Chic Pearls Clutch. If you’re looking to turn heads, consider Cult Gaia’s Pearl Top Handle Bag. It is exquisite and a surefire conversation-starter.
For a classic shoulder bag, you can’t go wrong with Stella McCartney’s Frayme vegan shoulder bag with a chunkier chain this year or Prada’s Cleo Brushed Leather shoulder bag in go-anywhere pastels and silver.
If you’re looking for an adult backpack you can throw a sweater into without losing style, Versace comes through with the Medusa Biggie Backpack in both green and black in a supple leather adorned with the Versace medusa.
Finally, for something trendy and fun in 2023, think box bags and geometric shapes, bold colors, fun textures like shearling and details varying from chunky chains to tassels and sequins.