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Do you have travel plans for a long weekend away this autumn? Shopping, sightseeing or visiting friends, adding a little luxury with a vintage or pre-loved designer handbag can add elegance to limited outfit pairings that have been tucked inside your cabin luggage. Whether you’re catching the train to Paris, Amsterdam or Edinburgh, here are 6 pre-loved designer handbags for an autumnal weekend away.

Late afternoon in autumn in Paris. The Eiffel tour is glowing against dark blue moody skies. A tree with orange and red leaves is in the foreground.
Autumn in Paris along the river Seine | Photo by Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash

1. Vintage Gucci Oriental Style Cross Body Bag

Autumnal rose hips intertwine with winter holly, spring daffodils and summer cornflowers in this eclectic floral print from Gucci. The gold hardware and muted tones of the flowers against the soft beige, colour block background give the bag a cosy appeal. Paired with a contrasting soft white interior and cross-body fit, it’s a perfect bag for an autumnal escape.

The bag sits on a cream background. The floral illustration style is simple line drawings with block colours.
A secondhand Gucci cross body bag with Oriental Style Floral Design | Available on Timeless Vintage Co

2. Pre-Loved Prada Milano Nylon Shoulder Bag

Prada has a number of covetable bag styles, but one of their most iconic contributions to the World of high fashion was an unexpected material choice for luxury bags. Officially known as ‘Pocono’, Prada introduced nylon as a material for several of their bags released in the late 80s and 90s.

It’s an iconic material and one that also happens to be largely waterproof, making this Milano Nylon shoulder bag a highly stylish and highly practical bag for your autumnal weekend away.

The bag sits on a cream background. The iconic triangular Prada logo is fixed to the nylon at the top centre of the bag.
A black pre-loved Prada Nylon Milano Shoulder bag | Available on Timeless Vintage Co

3. Louis Vuitton Monogram Mini Pochette

Simple yet iconic, the Pochette is one of the best Louis Vuitton bags to invest in, and a perfect addition to an autumnal weekend away. This pre-loved Louis Vuitton Pochette is in excellent second-hand condition and would be perfect for a walk along the river Seine in Paris, the streets of Prague or a wander through the medieval shopping streets of York.

The bag sits on a cream background. It has a dark golden chain, and the bag has the iconic tan and brown LV monogram pattern.
A pre-loved Louis Vuitton Monogram Mini Pochette | Available on Timeless Vintage Co

4. Vintage Gucci Suede Boat Bag

With a warm golden hue, this Vintage Suede bag from Gucci would pair perfectly with the darker shades of your autumnal outfits. It’s a perfect size for holding small travel essentials, like your passport, train tickets and euros. It’s also a perfect size for nights out too, as you wander through markets and grab a mulled wine or sweet treat.

A long bag style with a short suede strap handle. it has a small rectangular, gold plate with the Gucci logo.
A vintage Gucci Suede boat bag in tan | Available on Timeless Vintage Co

5. Vintage Chanel Matrasse Lambskin Shoulder Bag

For an elegant addition to an autumnal outfit, nothing is more classic than a black Chanel lambskin flap bag. It’s definitely one of the most iconic designer handbags for an autumnal weekend away in Paris. With its chain strap entwined with leather, it can comfortably be worn across the body as you wander cobbled streets with a coffee in hand. This ease of use is why Coco Chanel created the shoulder strap as we know it today. She famously stated that she wished for her bags to allow women to be hands-free and able to hop on and off buses and trams with ease.

The bag sits on a cream background. The classic quilted black lambskin leather is a popular choice, especially for pre-loved designer handbags for an autumnal escape.
A black Chanel Matrasse Lambskin Shoulder bag | Available on Timeless Vintage Co

6. Vintage Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Handbag

Another covetable classic that’s highly recommended as a Louis Vuitton bag to invest in, the Speedy is a perfect handbag for a short weekend trip away this autumn. Mini in size but surprisingly roomy, it can hold all your autumnal trip essentials, from books and soft cashmere gloves to of course your wallet (to purchase that warming cup of coffee).

The bag sits on a cream background. A compact bag with tan-coloured handles and trimmings. It has the iconic LV monogram print.
A pre-loved Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy 30 | Available on Timeless Vintage Co
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