From the Chanel Quilted Bag to the Cholé Faye Bag, every season has a must-have handbag. But have you found your newest "it" bag yet? This season, there were a number of handbag & purse trends that reporters and buyers alike were dying to get their hands on. From the runways to the streets, the following are some of the most sought-after designer purses of 2020.
The Raffia Purse
One of, if not the most consistent accessory material trend of the 2020 show season was the use of raffia. Created from the fiber of raffia palm tree leaves, the material is soft, pliable and biodegradable, making it an environmentally friendly and fashionable option for your new favorite spring bag. On the runways, raffia was seen delicately woven into collections from design houses like Dior, Valentino, Sophia Webster and Rocha.
The fashion industry is at a crossroads in terms of the environmental impact it's had on the planet. The use of more humble raffia materials this season is a direct result of designers taking a hard look at how they make products and the materials used in the creation of their collections. And who doesn't love the handcrafted look of raffia bags? It brings a breath of fresh air and fun to an outfit while supporting sustainable fashion.
These popular women’s handbags can be found in various styles and are perfect for the spring and summer months. Our personal favorites are large, carry-all totes and smaller designer crossbody bags that mimic the light-heartedness and whimsy of the material.
The Bourgeois Bag
Reminiscent of the Parisian 70s, the bourgeois aesthetic continues to be seen on the streets, as well as on the runways. From chains to camel hues, the trend is a covetable callback to ultra-feminine designs and ladylike conservatism. The key to pulling off your bourgeois bag is to wear it with a wink.
The bourgeois bag is the perfect accessory for adding a touch of personality to your outfit, whether you're going to the office or are headed out for date night. With this style, look for bags that are modernly minimalistic with a touch of office chic and Annie Hall eclecticism. Think pearl detailing, prim buckles, gold chains, simplistic silhouettes, patent leathers and polished trappings. This trend is all about seamlessly pairing contemporary minimalism with that old-school elegance.
The Bucket Bag
Bucket bags have been a runway staple for years now. But this season, they're taking on a more literal sense. Now they're smaller and feature more structural silhouettes — the perfect alternative for women on the go. Design houses like Danse Lente and STAUD embraced the trend, incorporating unique elements like oversized buckles and minimalistic styling.
If your go-to bag is a small tote or shoulder bag, the bucket bag is a fresh take on these popular handbag styles. The bucket bag is perfect for carrying the essentials — your wallet, keys and phone. The smart and polished design typically comes with a detachable shoulder strap, making it super versatile no matter where you're off to. Look for simplistic lines, minimal detailing and structure.
The Snatched Clutch
The geometrically structured clutch, also known as the "snatched" clutch, is big for the upcoming season, as seen in collections by Perrin Paris, Rebecca Minkoff and Saint Laurent. Snatched is a term inherently rooted in drag culture and is another word for "fabulous." This trending style is sturdier and more defined than pillow clutches. Often featuring geometric folds as well as a structured handle resembling a knuckle duster, this bag is one you won't want to put down.
If you're looking for a new strapless clutch for special occasions, the snatched clutch is the new "it" bag for you. When shopping for your new designer clutch purse, look for patent leather materials, bold buckles, a comfortable handle and strong geometric folds. This bad boy makes a statement, so keep the rest of your ensemble minimally chic.
The Croc-Embossed Handbag
Following up on the fall shoe trends from last season, croc-embossed designs have crept up once again for 2020, this time in handbag form. The dreamy romantic aesthetic stems from beautiful and classic leatherwork. It's the perfect combination of texture, gloss and color that adds a pop to any outfit. From belt bags and crossbodies to bucket bags and over-the-shoulder purses, there's a style for any occasion.
One of the most popular designs (and our pick for "it" bag of the season) was the Chloé Embossed Croc Shoulder Bag. This handcrafted bag made from jade-green crocodile-embossed leather is embellished with bold gold-tone hardware and features subtle bohemian touches. It's a stunning bag and one that will surely become your favorite fashion accessory.