Women's Fashion

And Now, the 7 Most Important Autumn Handbag Trends

As a habitual planner, I’m always looking ahead and thinking about what’s next. Although this has its setbacks, it does come in handy for my job as a fashion editor, where, yes, I need to live and be aware of the current goings on, but I also need to immerse myself in the future; that’s where the bulk of my trend-sourcing lies. And what’s on the horizon? Autumn/winter 2022, of course. 

So far, we’ve analysed the runways by way of our bumper trend report, which, if you haven’t already done so, I suggest reading to better understand the upcoming fashion mood. Today, however, I’m honing in on handbags; specifically, the autumn/winter 2022 handbag trends I think will be the season’s most noteworthy. From my research, it’s clear that the handbags we’ll discuss fall into one of two camps.

On one side, there’s been a distinct focus on timelessness, pieces that don’t feel too tethered to a specific fashion moment. Be it the elevated tailoring at Jil Sander or the clean silhouettes at Maryam Nassir Zadeh. This appreciation of pared-back design has carried over to bags, too, where there’s an emphasis on form and function, set against a versatile palette of ecru, brown, and khaki. The other side, however, is its antithesis. Bold, playful, and borderline brash designs that look as if they’ve been pulled straight from the Y2K playbook.

Whatever aesthetic you subscribe to, I guarantee there’s a bag to suit you in the new-season line-up. Scroll on to see the seven biggest autumn/winter 2022 handbag trends, then shop my favourite picks for each.