From faux fur to florals, bucket bags to backpacks, bright colors to muted neutrals, you’ll find them all among the handbag trends 2022 for fall. Just changing your handbag can make a huge difference to the look of your existing outfits, so you might want to discover if you have a favorite style among the handbags below.

handbag trends 2022

Let’s take a look at all the handbag trends spotted on the catwalks for fall, whether you prefer a designer option or you want a more purse-friendly alternative.

Fold over

Handbag trends 2022 - Fold over |

Bottega VenetaJil SanderCoach

First, the fold over, or envelope style, worn as a shoulder, or hand-held, bag. For a particularly on-trend look, choose a style where the front flat comes down almost to the base of your bag. Look at this Fall’s reds or burgunday shades, or opt for a neutral that will go with all of your outfits.


Handbag trends 2022 - Patent |

ValentinoDolce & GabbanaDolce & Gabbana

If you’re easily distracted by shiny objects, then this trend is for you. Choose any style of bag in any color to get this season’s look – just make sure it’s patent.

Faux fur and shearling

Handbag trends 2022 - Faux fur and shearling |

LoeweChanel – Fendi

While faux fur is often the preserve of coats, you can add texture, and therefore interest, to your look by choosing a faux fur bag. If you find a furry bag isn’t practical for day-to-day, you could always look out for an evening clutch bag.


Florals |

Louis Vuitton – Fendi – Gabriela Hearst

Often used for clothes and accessories during spring and summer, florals can add a little element of nature to your outfits, even when it’s cold outside. Choose delicate floral patterns. You can even match your bag to your coat, as seen at Gabriela Hearst, above right.

Saddle bags

Saddle bags |

Balmain – Tod’s – Balmain

Saddle bags as handbags really became a trend with Dior on the Millennium catwalks. Now, designers, and the high street have been inspired by this classic look.


Crocodile |

Ralph Lauren – Balmain – Proenza Schouler

You definitely don’t need to opt for the real thing to get this trend. Just look out for textures that look like crocodile or snake skin to add interest to your outfits.


Matchy |

Stella McCartney – Christian Dior – Lanvin

At one point, being overly matchy-matchy wa seen as a little old-fashioned. But, not anyy more. But don’t think about matching your shoes to your handbag. Instead, match your handbag to your dress or pants.


Hobo |

Louis Vuitton – GivenchyGivenchy

The hobo bag is another style that definitely won’t date. Because it is slouchy in nature, this style is ideally suited to your casual, weekend looks.

classic tote

Classic tote |

Louis Vuitton – Salvatore FerragamoMichael Kors Collection

If you’re a fan of classic style, or maybe you need to fit your laptop in your bag for work, then the tote style is for you. You can be sure that a tote is a sound investment, as you can use it for years to come without ever worrying about not being in-style.


Ruched |

GivenchyJil SanderGivenchy

To give your handbag a slightly casual, yet definitely still chic style, you could choose a ruched option that gathers at the top. This style is particularly on trend for clutch bags. Perfect to carry with you for dinner.


Braids |

ChloéBottega VenetaBottega Veneta

Woven and braided bags were another key trend on the designer runways. These are ideal to add texture to your outfit. you can see that even if you choose an all neutral outfit, like the Chloe look, above left, the braiding makes it more interesting.

tiny bags

Tiny bags |

Balmain – ChanelStella McCartney

Not very practical, but could add an extra element to your look. They will only fit a credit card and your keys in, if that, so you really have to think about these bags as an accessory like jewelry rather than being overly functional.


Bucket bags |

Ulla JohnsonSalvatore FerragamoChanel

Moving onto another classic for you, the bucket bag works particularly well with more casual outfits, and with a boho style.


Backpacks |

ChanelUlla Johnson Altuzarra

Do you ever carry a backpack? Maybe for your commute or for travelling? Well, not only are they practical, but they are also very much on trend at the moment, as showcased by the likes of Chanel and Ulla Johnson.

Wrist bags

Wrist bags |

Stella McCartney Fendi Jil Sander

In some cases, the bags above were designed to be worn on the wrist. But, if you look at the Stella McCartney and Fendi options, you can see that you could hold by the handle or loop your wrist through. In some cases, new trends don’t need a new bag at all, just a new way to carry it.

Chain straps

Chain straps |

Versace Stella McCartney Loewe

Okay, so chain straps are a style staple. But, if you want to be particularly on trend this season, look out for chains that are chunky, and in a matching color to your handbag.


Multibags |

Altuzarra – Versace – Fendi

You can add a new trend to your outfits by carrying multiple handbags. This could be a good way to keep your keys to hand, in the smaller handbag.

Party bags

Party bags |

ValentinoGivenchy – Lanvin

Do you have events coming up for Fall and Winter? Just adding a new, statement bag could update your little black dress.

hand held

Hand held |

Louis Vuitton – Givenchy – Lanvin

With a nod to 1950s glamour, the handheld bag is the ideal alternative to carrying a clutch. You could look out for a decorative handle like the one shown at Lanvin (above, right).


Quilted |

Christian Dior – ChanelVersace

You’ve seen texture added with faux faur or reptile textures. Another way is to look out for a quilted bag. Chanel chose a very classic, instantly-recognizable choice while Versace was more fashion-forward.

Geometric shapes

handbag trends 2022 - Geometric shapes |

Prada – Fendi – Gabriela Hearst

Your bag doesn’t have to be a traditional shape. If you have a party to atted, look out for a bag with asymmetry or in an unusual shape. It’s bound to be a conversation starter.


Handbag trends 2022 - Clutch |

Louis Vuitton – VersaceMichael Kors Collection

A classic clutch is always a good choice for a special event or a dinner date. You could choose to add a pop of color to your outfits, or go for a neutral that will go with everything in your closet.


Handbag trends 2022 - Studs |

GucciValentinoBottega Veneta

To add a little bit of an edge, or some rock chick style to your outfits, you could choose a studded bag.


Handbag trends 2022 - Brights |

Proenza SchoulerLoeweValentino

There were plenty of bright shades on the designer catwalks for fall. You could match your bright bag to your dress or coat. Or, choose to add a pop of color against a neutral shade.


Handbag trends 2022 - Stripes |

Ralph Lauren – Fendi – Chloé

Stripes are definitely a pattern that won’t date. Choose a subtle option like that of Ralph Lauren (above, left). Or you could choose a bolder bag like those on the catwalks of Fendi and Chloe.

Do you have a favorite handbag style among these handbag trends 2022?

Continue reading:

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  2. Fall Winter 2022 Color Trends: Colors And Neutrals To Wear This Season
  3. Winter Coat Trends 2022: All The Coats And Jackets To Try For Fall And Winter
  4. Designer handbags you can afford

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