6 Handbag Trends for Autumn/Winter 2021

As we step into the season of long shadows, glistening frosts and pumpkin spice, we begin switching up our wardrobes to match the changing scenery and falling temperatures.

Cosy knits and long coats take over, and we also evaluate our bag situation too. Woven summer totes and festival belt bags are tucked away, whilst versatile shoulder and cross body bags become the go-to choice.

The autumn and winter months of 2020 were – let’s face it – not the year of the handbag. Handbags sat safely stored in dust bags, or perched on closet shelves. Not exactly necessary for the morning commute to the sofa…

So to excite us for the upcoming seasonal shift, we’ve explored the predicted handbag trends for autumn and winter 2021. From luxe, detailed clutch bags with double the extravagance (to match the double amount of partying we’ll be doing this year). To the covetable classics – like the vintage Hermès Kelly or the Chanel 2.55 – that have been solidified ever further as some of the most loved handbags ever created, becoming ever more desirable investment pieces.

Discover six handbag trends that will be dominating our feeds and owning the autumn/winter scene this year.

1. It’s all in the Details

After missing out on the full effect of the party season in 2020, this year we look forward to being able to celebrate together again. Safely vaccinated and making twice the effort as last year! This season the eyes of fashion insiders have fallen on the glinting embellishments of dainty handbags and statement clutches. From embroidery and beading to tassels and sequins.

Embroidered and beaded clutch bag | Photo by Zeny Rosalina on Unsplash

2. Holding on to Comfort

Whilst many people are looking forward to once again filling their diaries with endless parties. Many of us are still transitioning slowly into our busy social calendars. Vogue has predicted a trend of huggable handbags. With sustainable shearling, plush velvet and faux fur, we can now take a little bit of cosy comfort with us as we step out to face the day.

Quilted bags are also expected to make frequent appearances within our Instagram feeds too. The highly covetable Chanel Flap Bag is the perfect way to harmonise 3 Autumn handbag trends in one. With its quilted exterior, delicate chain and classic status, it is the perfect bag to transition into Autumn.

The GG Marmont matelassé belt bag in Velvet | Photo by EVG Culture from Pexels

3. Totes with Tonnes of Space

After Covid-19 many of us have now been left with a new found love of the outdoors. Whilst that may not be in the form of hiking or wild swimming… you may find yourself spending as much time as possible out of the house and in the fresh air. Dancing between coffee shops and local businesses, meeting friends for lunch, which, before you know it, turns into dinner and drinks. Totes are the perfect option for throwing in all you may need for the day, from a yoga outfit to an umbrella.

4. The Mini Bag

Minimalism has hit the handbag scene this autumn. For those brave enough to venture out with space only for a phone – a vaccination card – and perhaps a lipstick, a mini bag is an amazing hands-free option. Particularly for a wild night out.

There are seriously mini bags, like the Gucci GG Embossed mini-bag, which can be slung over the shoulder and filled with a phone and maybe a lipstick. Or the slightly larger Mini Saffiano Promenade Bags from Prada, with room for a few more essentials!

From our collection: Try this icy blue Mini Saffiano Promenade Handbag from Prada.

Exploring handbag trends for autumn. Soft, baby blue Prada promenade handbag.
Exploring Handbag trends for autumn: The Prada Small Saffiano Leather Promenade Handbag

5. Chain Handles

Plaited, chunky, dainty or entwined with leather. Chain-handled handbags are still sitting on the radar of all fashion insiders this autumn. They’re perfect for adding an extra layer of luxe to an outfit.

From our collection: The Chanel 2.55 Double Flap with its luxe chain handle.

Exploring handbag trends for autumn. The covetable Chanel 2.55 double flap bag.
Exploring handbag trends for autumn: The Chanel 2.55 Double Flap

6. The Covetable Classics

With public consciousness turning to sustainable fashion, vintage handbags are beginning to catch the eye of a wide range of influencers and fashion connoisseurs. 

Many people are now choosing to invest in clothing, accessories and bags that were created to last. Vintage fashion allows us to enjoy the enduring designs of high-fashion brands. By investing in vintage designer fashion we can benefit from a lower price point and, most importantly, a smaller cost to the planet too.

Browse the Timeless Vintage collection of covetable classics.

Exploring handbag trends for autumn: The covetable Hermès Kelly Handbag

Main Image: Fall fashion photography | created by marymarkevich –


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