There’s no better way to ring in a new year than with a slew of the very best designer handbags, and luckily for us, the offering for spring/summer 2022 is just gorgeous.
That doesn’t mean they’ll go out of trend later this year though, oh no. If you choose the right style, your arm candy will transcend trends so that you’ll find yourself reaching for it for years to come. It is a big purchase yes, but one you won’t regret.
A safe investment is the classic oversized tote, which never really went out of fashion, though it’s having a bit of a renaissance right now. More is more this season, so go for an XXL size that will hold all your belongings and then some. I particularly love Loewe’s KL Flamenco tote and Stand Studio’s Assante quilted faux leather bag, both excellent everyday classics.
For something a little smaller, try the crossbody bag or shoulder, which are consistently popular styles on the likes of Net-A-Porter, Browns and MatchesFashion. Bottega Veneta’s Cassette, Gucci’s Horsebit and Saint Laurent’s Manhattan are crowd pleasers that will stand the test of time.
That’s not to say you can’t dabble in a trend or two, after all, fashion is meant to be fun – and for SS22 I’m seeing plenty of fun styles.
Think bold colours (everything from neon to primary colours), fun textures (shearling is huge right now) and plenty of wow-enducing details ranging from chunky chains to tassels and sequins.
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the latest designer wares, that’s not an issue. There is a plethora of contemporary designer brands offering handbags for £400 or under. I’m personally a big fan of Manu Atelier, Oroton, Elleme, STAUD and GANNI for everyday staples as well as fun going-out bags.
Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best designer handbags.