If You Buy a New Bag This Spring, Make It One of These
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If You Buy a New Bag This Spring, Make It One of These

Besides high heels and party attire, the stylish handbag has been one of the more neglected items in our closets this past year. With fewer opportunities to dress up with on-trend accessories and, of course, not as many places to go, you’ve probably opted to carry your most practical bag when you’ve actually needed one.

With restrictions loosening and the weather warming, reemerging is hopefully in our near future. Luckily for us, there are a handful of practical styles among spring 2021 handbag trends that will carry us through the season, from tech-gadget couriers to roomy totes. There are also crossbodies and box bags in the season’s prettiest palettes, strap pouches with chunky chains, and plush shoulder bags as cushy as loungewear. All were seen on the socially distanced street style stars at fashion weeks in Milan, Paris, Copenhagen, and beyond.

If you’re going to shop for a new handbag this season, make it one of these six spring trends.

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Chain Reaction

The chunky handbag chain has been making appearances since the fall 2019 season, but for spring 2021 extra-large links were used—not only as bag straps but on the tops of shoes and in jewelry pieces as well. Despite the heavy hardware, leather pouches and lady bags from Manu Atelier and DeMellier still feel feminine and elegant and are certainly a favorite among It girls and the street style crew.

Manu Atelier XX mini cylinder bag


DeMellier Santa Monica chain bag


Tory Burch Cleo nano bag


Yuzefi Dinner Roll leather shoulder bag


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Curved Carryall

This season the roomy, slouchy, and soft carryall gets an elevated update. With sleek stitching from Tod’s, knot detailing from Neous, and woven leather details from Bottega Veneta, there’s little reason not to cradle one of these under your shoulder this spring.

Tod’s Shirt hobo bag


Neous Neptune pleated-leather shoulder bag


Bottega Veneta BV banana woven-leather bag


Gu-De Lisa leather shoulder bag

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Photographed by Adam Katz Sanding

On-Point Totes

Basic square totes no more. This season’s crop of carryalls is sleek and sharp but still just as practical. Angular options from Marni, Givenchy, Wandler, and Boyy are sure to stand out.

Wandler Lin calf-leather bag


Marni Torpedo bag


Givenchy Cut Out large leather bag


Boyy Lotus canvas tote bag

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Photographed by Acielle / Style du Monde
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Photographed by Acielle / Style du Monde

Tech Mate

Apps like Apple Pay, Uber, and Venmo certainly make it easy to leave the house with only your phone in tow—especially when you’re just running a quick errand or taking a sanity walk. This spring, designers are making crossbody phone cases and holders stylishly convenient for those who wish to travel light. Sling on a natural jute phone box from Chanel, complete with their signature chain strap, or tote a top-handle version from Balenciaga.

Balenciaga pink hourglass phone holder bag


Xouxou Bordeaux smartphone necklace


Chanel raffia and jute phone holder


Fendi Baguette phone bag

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Photographed by Acielle / Style du Monde

Shoulder Pads

This past year we’ve become accustomed to comfort on so many levels, and that includes our accessories too—from sleeping-bag shoes to pillow bags. This season’s shoulder bags come in supremely supple scrunched, puffed, or padded leathers. It’s a cloudlike landing pad for your arm when heading out this spring.

Staud Bean gathered-leather shoulder bag


Little Liffner tan double-knot bag


Themoire Hera bag


Simon Miller vegan-leather Puffin bag

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Photographed by Gianluca Senese
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Photographed by Dave Tacon

Covetable Color

Per the street style set, one of the easiest spring 2021 handbag trends to spot was bags in standout brights. With options from By Far, Brandon Blackwood, and JW Pei, all you have to do is select your silhouette, size, and shade.

Bottega Veneta small Beak triangle-flap bag


JW PEI Cora top-handle bag


By Far micro Cush leather bag


Brandon Blackwood Kuei peacock blue bag