What better way to store all your favorite fall essentials than in one of the season’s lush, luxe, and spacious designer bags? Or why not go miniature with one of the season’s hot envelope cross-body bags? The fall/ winter 2018-2019 handbag trends have no shortage of stunning new bags to make your own.
Proportion was an overarching theme of the fall 2018 bag trends, with miniature shoulder purses staging an appealing entrance, and oversized backpacks creating a delightful contrast with sophisticated fall clothing. Burnt orange, forest green, sky blue, and baby pink were the colors of the season.
Playful and functional geometrical shapes were represented on the runways by circular clutches, rectangular shoulder bags, and pyramidal purses. From whimsical designs to vivid colors, the Fashion Week collections demonstrate that fall is a time for renewed silhouettes and imaginative aesthetics.
Today, we’ll look at the most pertinent fall/ winter 2018-2019 bag trends and why they speak to today’s fashion sensibility.
#1. Bags with Visible Labels and Logos
Like the hottest fall 2018 shoes, labels are a mega trend for the fall/ winter 2018-2019 bag collections. Labels ranged in size from blink-and-you-miss-em to loud and proud. Some logos were decked out in bright fall 2018 colors and sparkling sequins, while others were muted, painted in neutral shades.
Labels have an expansive, popular appeal; they need not be overtly trendy. They can also satisfy the needs of quiet fashionistas by conveying sartorial acumen in a subtle way. Labels knew no bounds this season and they were printed all over the anatomy of the fall 2018 bags; on the straps, in the corners, and front and center.
Balenciaga sent models out holding white gym bags emblazoned with neon yellow labels. The look had an energetic, roller derby vibe that felt endearingly retro yet surprisingly current.
Balmain released a gorgeous, royalty-worthy party purse faintly stamped in its logo – a subtle take on the trend. Balmain also sent out a bold pop art black and white number that’s unabashedly logoed.
We loved Prada’s arcade Eighties-inspired collection, with delightfully tongue-in-cheek logos adorning bags in gaudy-cool ways. Givenchy‘s label-adorned vertical duffel bags were sophisticated and mature, and represented an understated way of wearing this trend.
#2. Antique Jewel Box Silhouettes
We love the opulence and romantic luxury that this fall 2018 handbag trend represents. It evokes images of an antique armoire covered in dainty jewel boxes with glittering diamonds and rubies tumbling out across the wooden surface.
The rectangular shape of these ornate fall 2018 bags retains the jewel box feel and adds a heightened element of utility to the design. But make no mistake, the antique bejeweled bags we saw ran the geometric gamut.
We loved Dolce & Gabbana‘s vase style bag. With gold accents covered in rubies and sparkling emeralds, it was a veritable treasure. Dolce & Gabbana also released some of our other runway favorites, like a white armoire styled purse and a gold genie in a bottle hookah-shaped gold stunner.
Oscar de la Renta’s floral box purses were an antique floral take on the style equipped with a trendy gold clasp. With a bag like this, you can keep your outfit minimalist while still capitalizing on maximum head turn action.
#3. Circular Bags
Circular party clutches were a wide-ranging trend for the fall/ winter 2018 season. We love the Sixties nouvelle vague feel of the fall 2018 bags, particularly when dipped in shimmering sequins.
Circular bags have a dainty, feminine appeal and retain a certain kind of ingénue precociousness. They are an approachable way of incorporating the unconventional into your cold weather style. Circular bags have a romantic nonchalance that bestows their wearer with a flighty and enigmatic aura. This was particularly the case with Balmain’s luscious fringed sky blue number.
Gucci took this fall 2018 handbag trend to an experimental new height with glitzy gold calligraphy purses and boxy leather versions that will surely fit all of your late night essentials. Moschino nailed the look with its ingénue-starlet blush pink purse, which had a Factory Girl appeal. Pair it with a shift dress for a studied dose of Sixties era joie de vivre.
Preen’s unusual and intriguing strappy bowler purse was like a vision from a punk rock fantasy, demonstrating that there are no boundaries when it comes to this flexible shape.
#4. Miniature Necklace Bags
Miniature purses were a major fall/ winter 2018-2019 bag trend from the runways. Some of them were postage stamp tiny, while others were fashioned after oversized leather envelopes. We love how this trend complements the eternally hip layering aesthetic that graces the streets when the leaves start to fall.
Miniature bags for fall 2018 that can be worn around the neck can also be styled like a necklace to add dimension and depth to day and evening styles. The mini size looks particularly appealing when paired with strategically experimental proportions – think a baggy sweater or a blanket scarf.
Giambattista Valli released an adorable white necklace purse (purse-lace?) that meshed harmoniously with the white turtleneck dresses they graced. Stella McCartney‘s burgundy envelope clutches nailed the miniature trend on the head and looked urbane paired with a denim blue coat.
Jacquemus contrasted sleek black outfits with playful mustard neck-pouches, perfect for storing your phone and keys. Marc Jacobs was perhaps the seasonal king of the trend, pairing extravagant necklace purses with bedazzled matching fanny packs. Why not incorporate two of the hottest fall 2018 purse trends into one bold and unapologetic look?
#5. Bags with Chain Straps
While straps of all sizes, fabrics, and lengths rocked the Fashion Weeks, designers seemed to have a specific fixation on silver and gold chain straps this season. The dainty heavy metal strap has a traditional feel and has a storied history in the realm of evening glamour.
Chain straps do indeed bestow a purse with a certain intriguing midnight mystery – as though the alluring owner of the bag may flit off into the night if you lose sight of her. This grown-up dress-up appeal means the fall/ winter 2018-2019 purses are ever-soiree ready and will make a perfect accompaniment to the elegant night time get-ups we saw at the Fashion Weeks.
Altuzarra introduced lust-worthy jewel-toned evening bags onto the Fashion Week runways, complete with dainty silver straps. Tom Ford paired the feminist sentiment of the times with a chunky silver strap for his Pussy Power purse. Versace sent a purse with a lengthy gold strap, replete with trendy circular gold accents down the runway.
#6. Sparkling Purses
Glitter, glamour, and spectacle were the keywords of the season with designers infusing their collections with a decidedly festive energy. This fall looks like a return to the Roaring Twenties with a healthy dose of live-like-there’s-no-tomorrow Eighties thrown in for good measure. All of this heady celebratory posturing was evidenced in the sparkling fall/ winter 2018-2019 bags and glittering accoutrements that adorned the season’s best sacks.
Miu Miu’s tomorrow-be-damned baby pink sequined purse had a heady feel of debauchery and decadent hedonism. Moschino’s prismatic pyramid purse glinted gloriously in the light and would be the perfect accompaniment to a classic little black dress for an autumn soiree.
Taking the glitzy theme to a mod-warehouse party level, Paco Rabanne sent out shimmering silver purses that glittered in the light. When paired with a silver outfit, the fearlessly festive silhouette will turn heads long into the night.
Oscar de la Renta’s circular party bags for fall 2018 were bedazzled with sparkling rhinestones, infusing fall nights with an alluring magic.
#7. Belt Bags
Belt bags took the Fashion Weeks by storm. Belt bags are hyper-practical and utilitarian and have a sophisticated and confident appeal. We love that they serve as an extra layer, adding to the dynamism of your layered and cozy fall look.
Pair one of the season’s best belt bags with well appointed denim and a baggy sweater for a sartorially fierce and urbane look. Luxe leather and tan camel tones give the old school fanny pack a grown-up, elegant upgrade for the more conservative among us.
Givenchy’s burgundy stunner was an intoxicatingly original take on the style, and came equipped with luxe gold details and petite golden straps. Lanvin‘s monochromatic, minimalist orange belt bag was an injection of color dished out in an unexpected and vital way.
Tod’s released a similar style in a tropical orange hue. We can envision the trendy contrast with a black trench coat. Versace combined the belt bag trend with the coveted tartan of the season in a flashy and gilded petite edition.
Marc Jacobs proved that the look has a rock and roll aspect to it with his lustrous deep midnight fanny pack purse. One of our favorite styles was the circular leather belt-bag hybrid we saw at Zimmermann – It was like Robin Hood meets medieval princess cool.
#8. Gold Hardware
Gold was the luxurious heavy metal of choice for the fall/ winter 2018-2019 handbag trends. Gold adornments graced bags ranging from the dainty and subtle to the bold and assertive. We love how gold has a shapeshifting temperament and can be at once glamorous and conservative.
One of the key themes in the application of the metal was textured and dynamic golden circular appliques and crisp gold hardware. These features were practical in most cases, looping the straps together, or serving as a focal point for the eye. The outcome was a lusciously elegant and symmetrically satisfying spectrum of cold weather purses.
Gold accents were opulent when paired with burgundy wine leather at Versace’s Milan show. Marni brought an opulent decadence to the trend with luscious fall 2018 purses adorned with sculptural, textured gold clasps. Oscar de la Renta used indulgently glamorous molten gold hardware clasps on his boxy purses.
#9. Bags with Furry Accents
Fur was the thing this year and it graced the fall 2018 bags in various iterations; as both a kitschy cool fabric and as a luxurious accent on sleek leather clutches. Fur has a warm and comforting aspect and it effortlessly adds density to a cold weather look. Fur plays well with other materials, particularly leather, cotton, and crocodile skin.
This season fur was less aristocratic and more shaggy-chic, with a grandmother’s closet feel. The fall/ winter 2018-2019 handbag trends demonstrated that fur could be a stand-alone act. This truism was made manifest with Dries van Noten’s shaggy-chic mustard bag; part Flowers in the Attic, part eccentric cat lady cool.
Moschino jumped on the furry-quaint bandwagon with its Andy Warhol style yellow wristlet. Fur also popped up in Moschino’s estate sale chic orange purses for fall 2018, where fur cropped out of a chic leather design in a kitschy manner.
One of the most whimsical imaginings we saw was at Jeremy Scott, where a furry rainbow backpack rocked the runway. Consider it a downtown-cool take on the back to school style.
Just when you thought this trend was only for the experimental among us, Oscar de la Renta released a lush furry purse that looks absolutely unrestrained in its glamorous potential.
#10. Burnt Orange-Red Purses
Conjuring up images of cool weather sunsets and terra cotta fading in the light of an Indian summer, burnt orange was one of our favorite Pantone fall 2018 colors of the runway shows. The shade showed up in runways across the Atlantic and ranged in shade from cool popsicle orange to deep lava red.
The shade is an ingenious way of injecting your outfit with a neutral color that melds harmoniously into beige and tan outfits. Try pairing a burnt orange clutch with a camel coat and deep brown infinity scarf – fashion nirvana.
Chloe sent a petite purse with a burnt orange body down the runway. Tod’s experimented with Tropicana orange and a crisp burnt fire shade for their fall 2018 handbags.
Marni’s orange and patent red purses for fall 2018 were outrageously luxe. Proenza Schouler’s burnt orange-tan hobo bag was a bohemian spin on the trend, demonstrating that this shade can be the perfect companion to a gypsy-chic autumn aesthetic.
#11. Tartan Bags
Tartan is a pattern, a fabric, and a way of life. This is particularly pertinent during the fall and winter months when tartan has a decidedly cozy allure. Tartan and plaid patterns are rich and have traditional warmth, making them the hottest fall 2018 print and pattern trend come September.
Designers were apt to agree if this season’s collections were any indication. Tartan graced all manner of styles, from spherical tote bags to miniature necklace purses for fall 2018. It was not bound to any one shade either, making it an immensely wearable and customizable fabric.
We loved Loewe‘s houndstooth variety, which had a Sherlock Holmes chic appeal. Versace proved that tartan could be eye-catching with its blue tartan-black leather hybrid purse.
Michael Kors mixed patterns to great success with his tartan-leopard bag. It had a surprisingly sophisticated impact, given the unusual combination.
#12. Alligator and Crocodile Purses
Fashion’s favorite luxury material cropped up on runways from Milan to London, ensuring that women everywhere will have access to a hit of luxe living come September. Alligator and crocodile skins have an unflinching intensity, a brazen forcefulness. There is nothing apologetic about the material.
This intriguing self-awareness makes the material a necessity in the quest to craft a captivating fall outfit. The unparalleled glamour and luxury of the material have the ability to upgrade even the everyday uniform into something fantastic.
Even a hit of the stuff is enough to transform your look, just take a page out of Hermes‘ book and rock a mini camel toned purse. Marni’s gorgeous and supple tan purse represented a new level of luxury with a molten gold clasp and airy fringe.
Badgley Mischka’s crimson purses for fall 2018 were absolutely tantalizing in their shameless luxury.
#13. The Larger The Better
Just like miniature bags captured the imagination of designers for the fall and winter seasons, so did everything oversized. Large clutches have an effortless, cool girl silhouette, like the accessory spirit twin of oversized jet-set sunglasses.
A floppy, oversized clutch makes an appealing contrast when paired with a sleek, neutral silhouette. There is also something to be said about the practicality of the oversized clutch or hobo bag. Within its auspices you can throw everything necessary to take you from day to night, office to nightclub.
Isabel Marant’s oversized clutches were appealingly wearable and equipped with boho fringe. Marni’s luscious brown briefcase-style clutch is the epitome of how alluring this fall/ winter 2018-2019 handbag trend can be. Marni also nailed the bigger is better style with a slouchy pink number and a mega-sized intellectual briefcase-backpack hybrid.
Victoria Beckham sent floor-sweeping hobo bags in mega-sized proportions down the runway, which looked outrageously nonchalant when paired with a tight mini dress. We predict this to be one of the it-girl street style looks of the fall and winter.
#14. Bags in Shades of Pink
Pink had a major moment on the runways as one of the major fall/ winter 2018-2019 handbag trends. The spectrum of pink shades had something for everyone, from the fearless feminist to the girlish urbanite.
Pink has a refreshing verve to it; it’s like a flirtatious cousin of crimson red. Pink is comforting and inviting and fits into the cozy mood of fall. Even vibrant berry tones look polished when paired with a neutral palette of blacks and greys.
For a cool-grandma inspired take on blush pink, look no further than 3.1 Phillip Lim, where boxy purses and ruched leather evening bags ruled the day. Marc Jacobs embraced the retro arcade side of pink with his on-trend neon fuchsia necklace pouch and fanny pack.
Marni’s bubblegum pink bag was spacious and tongue in cheek without being overtly ‘look at me, look at me’. For the more sophisticated proponents of pink, Marni also released a show-stopping deep magenta number, complete with a trendy gold accent.
Moschino combined the rectangular jewel box trend with a hit-in-your-face neon pink for party ready perfection! Chanel’s bubblegum pink style had a Breakfast at Tiffany’s feel.
#15. Deep Green Purses
For the wallflowers among us, or those of perhaps a more neutral disposition, fear not. The fall/ winter 2018-2019 bag trends were not all punchy oranges and Barbie pinks. Deep, forest floor green ruled over the subtle family of fall shades.
Deep green conjures up images of an enchanted forest after an early fall rainstorm. We love anything that evokes romantic images of nature, and this shade is it. Deep green complements greys, chestnut browns, and camel tones beautifully and helps create an elegant and polished aesthetic.
We loved Oscar de la Renta’s deep green purse, as it encapsulated the warm luxury of the shade. It is a perfect complement to the season’s tan and camel colored sweaters.
Adeam’s immensely wearable and sophisticated purse felt quietly sophisticated with its forest green leather, as did Jacquemus’ roomy tote bag.
#16. Folded Leather Bags
The fall/ winter 2018-2019 purse trends proved that leather, traditional as it may be, is also a shapeshifter capable of epic proportions. While leather is always in style, the designer collections turned up the volume on the classic silhouette with ruching, folding, and bending. The results were sculptural aesthetics that captured the elusive sensation of movement.
Folded leather has a feel of modern, minimalist luxury and a grown-up sensibility. One of our favorite iterations of this trend was the black and burgundy number at Alexander McQueen.
Stella McCartney released an approachably elegant ruched camel number that is functionality at its most fashionable. It utilized conventional colors and materials but still managed to retain a feeling of understated originality.
Leather accents also took on new shapes, as evidenced by the shoelace style pleating seen in Loewe’s collection. Leather knots looked neatly polished and demurely feminine. They are the pinnacle of understated luxury – a perfect way to embrace fall’s divinely elegant mood.
#17. Dangling Leather Straps
The best fall/ winter 2018-2019 bags embodied movement, dimension, and space. We loved how the simple addition of leather straps added body to sleek and polished bags.
Leather straps also have the added benefit of being functional, allowing you to clutch the bag close to your body or around the shoulder. And nothing beats a cross-body style for creating a sleek and cohesive fall silhouette.
We love Chloe’s offering, a petite purse with a gorgeous leather strap for customizable wear. Fendi’s pouch-style purses also came equipped with utilitarian chic black leather straps.
Michael Kors’ classic purses were glammed up with seatbelt-style straps, which added an element of depth to otherwise conventional aesthetics. Coach 1941 took the dangling strap theme to a new dimension with fringed leather dangling haphazardly from their luxe and complex totes.
There is something enticing about the shape of a pyramid. It has a mesmerizing symmetry and a captivating simplicity. It takes the mystical, elusive nature of the triangle and brings it into the three-dimensional world. Pyramids have a luxury feel, and retain an element of the mysterious. They enchant with their sharp lines and quiet elegance.
When it comes to the structural benefits of the shape, there are many to consider. The most salient functional benefit is its spaciousness, with plenty of room to compartmentalize and store the necessities of the day. For the fall/ winter 2018-2019 bag trends, the pyramid shape underwent some creative changes, with rectangular edges and sparkling adornments.
At Proenza Schouler, we saw a luxe snakeskin variety, replete with a boxy base and roomy interior. Moschino’s glittering disco pyramid was an evocative and indulgent way of playing the trend.
#19. Boxy Bags
Designers were certainly playing with proportions for the fall/ winter 2018-2019 handbag trends. No longer were purses married to the traditional shapes and silhouettes of decades past. We saw no shortage of experimental structures on the runways, all of which will impart an outfit with an urbane appearance.
One of the most intoxicating of the fall 2018 purse trends was the rectangular boxy bags that cropped up from Milan to London. Like their jewel box counterparts that swept the runways, best demonstrated by the Dolce & Gabbana collection, boxy bags have a certain confident preciousness.
Aesthetically, they have a hard exterior, making them a luxe and polished addition to an outfit. Functionally, their very nature makes them a compartmentalized delight.
One of the most lavish offerings we saw was the navy blue alligator skin number at Oscar de la Renta. It is the perfect party clutch for dramatic evening formals and upscale dinner dates.
Combining the hot pink color of the season with trendy fur accents, Moschino’s rectangular box bags were a playful and delightfully girlish take on the utilitarian foundation of the shape.
Badgley Mischka’s sumptuous red purse was a romantically glamorous way of wearing the trend. Gucci’s logoed lunch box tote was a traditional and upscale imagining of the trend.
#20. Purses in Light Shades of Blue
Blue has such a universal appeal. It can be lavish, down to earth, or elegant. This dynamism is perhaps what drove the blue wave for the fall/ winter 2018-2019 bag trends. Traditional navy blues, neutral as they are, certainly made an appearance.
What was more surprising was the array of cobalt, sky, and denim blues that we saw gracing the runway. This spectrum of lighter blue shades injected the season with the relaxed and footloose vitality of the warmer months.
These shades of blue are also an inviting way of introducing color into your fall and winter style. Too often, we relegate all color to the storage box come September. This season, embrace the pastel palette and incorporate these shades into your sweater weather style.
We loved the sophisticated offering at Stuart Weitzman, complete with silver hardware and an adjustable strap. The roomy clutch seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim was rich and rewarding when paired with intricate floral patterns.
Natasha Zinko’s boxy bags for fall 2018 looked breezy when washed in a denim sky blue. Lanvin’s monochromatic blue belt bag was a trendy and exuberant way of injecting your cold weather look with a punchy primary color.
#21. Grown-Up Backpacks
Grown-up backpacks are having an extended moment. There is something nonchalant and playful about them. They give the wearer an appealingly charismatic aura. Cool girls know they can get away with pairing a sleek outfit with an unexpected, campy backpack.
They also serve a functional purpose and can comfortably fit all of your daily necessities. This is particularly true for women who lug around a laptop or books for their day-to-day lives. We love the smaller varieties for evenings, where you can dance the night away hands-free while storing all your requisite essentials.
Coach 1941 released an upscale, prep school number that looks surprisingly polished when paired with sleek leather boots and a finely appointed coat. The forest green color is on-trend, killing two birds with one stone.
Jeremy Scott’s furry backpack was a more outrageous take on the trend, and we can foresee it being a hit with urban party people.
#22. Mustard Purses
Mustard has an unusual and unprecedented appeal. It is neutral enough that it need not turn heads, but it has a decisive and understated confidence and glamour. The shade is unconventional enough that the wearer can be perceived as being a fashion insider, someone who knows about proportions and color combinations and has a studied eye.
Mustard bags looks wonderfully fresh, and appealingly bohemian, when paired with neutral shades and warm tones like green and brown. Ulla Johnson’s boxy yellow-mustard bag was a Warholian mod reimagining of the shade.
Adeam’s dangling petite purse was a minimalist and artistic take on the shade that will pair perfectly with a boxy, industrial silhouette. Shrimps’ furry mustard mini purse was delightfully campy and kitschy.
Lanvin’s sleek yellow-mustard purse demonstrated that sophisticated forms are easily amenable to new and inventive shades.
#23. Multiple Bags
The fall/ winter 2018-2019 handbag trends recommend doubling the gorgeousness of your looks by multiplying the bags you carry. Carrying more than one bag at a time is still a trendy way of standing out from the crowd, and many a designer liked the idea.
Coach combined bags according to their common pattern and style, making it a cohesive look, wherein you don’t even notice the presence of the second bag. Loewe tried to capitalize on sophisticated contrasts by pairing an elegant solid purse with a tiny patterned saddle bag.
Stella McCartney also embraced the monochrome and minimalist form of carrying multiple purses, while Marc Jacobs suggested pairing your fanny pack with the season’s mini necklace bag.
#24. Functional Bucket Bags
A big hit for a couple of seasons in a row, bucket bags still hold their firm position among the fall/ winter 2018-2019 bag trends. This time around, we saw different iterations of the trend – both traditional bucket bags and ones with top handles. Colors, materials and textures used were so diverse that there is definitely a bucket bag for every personal style and mood.
Chloe’s miniature bucket bags featured lovely tiny horse prints on the background of a loud orange coloring that looked so chic in combination with black and tan. Fendi combined the bucket bag trend with the logo craze for fall, delivering the chicest versions we’d all dream to carry.
Jacquemus’ bucket bag came in a pop of orange and looked chic with the textured leather. On the other hand, Derek Lam, Ulla Johnson, and many others offered solid bucket bags with top handles that looked strict, yet fun.
#25. Sporty Fanny Packs
While belt bags lead the fall/ winter 2018-2019 purse trends, no less popular are fanny packs, which feature strong sporty-chic accents this time around. Carried not only around the waist, but also as a handbag, fanny packs came slightly oversized from Tod’s to carry as many important belongings as you could dream.
The fanny packs at Sportmax oozed a distinctive sporty allure, while Marc Jacobs’ options looked harmonious in combination with the necklace purses.
#26. Minuscule Purses
Meant for accessorizing rather than really functional, minuscule purses stand proudly next to the oversized bags of the season, especially appealing to those that want to make a statement through an imperceptible designer piece that’s powerful enough to turn heads.
Uber-tiny bags came both in the form of evening options, like the precious velvet piece from Altuzarra, and like the minimized versions of traditional handbags, wherein you can carry around just your phone and keys. This was the case of the Jacquemus itsy-bitsy offerings that looked so fun when carried around by the models.
Tiny and cute are also the bags by Marni, which feature super-long rope details to draw attention to the minuscule masterpieces.
Photos via Vogue, Livingly