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THE 7 HANDBAG STYLES YOU NEED TO HAVE IN YOUR DESIGNER BAG COLLECTION

Whether it’s a night of hitting the dance floor, a family wedding, or just a regular day at work, the right bag can be the final flourish your outfit needs. The perfect designer handbag is the best accessory to upgrade everything from, downtime denim to formal attire, and will certainly become a beloved part of your daily wardrobe rotation.


Innate versatility, sleek finish and polished logos are some of the striking elements of a good designer bag. Here are our top edits of the best designer bag styles of 2020 to invest in and complement your haute couture.

THE CLASSIC BLACK BAG

Carried by everyone from first ladies and actresses to heiresses, stunning timeless classics are bags worthy of your investment. A medium-sized black bag is chic yet practical. It’s big enough to hold all your essentials, befitting any occasion whether for work or play.

Whether it be  Hermés’ Birkin or Chanel’s 2.55 and Classic Flap, there’s a classic black bag that fits with your style and personality, as well as your needs. Birkins can reach a price of over $200,000, while Chanel’s classic flap continues to rise in price each year. These types of bags tend to appreciate with age, hence living up to their status of being investment-worthy.

THE CHANEL FLAP BAG

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COVETOUS CLUTCHES

A neat, tailored clutch makes for the perfect accessory. While the smaller pouches are au courant with the fashion scene, they lack in space which can make them less than ideal. Pick one that has multiple pockets so that you look chic without compromising on space for your essentials.


From Bottega Veneta’s Pillow Clutch Handbag to Louis Vuitton’s Trunk Clutch, there are a plethora of styles available in these covetous clutches.

BOTTEGA VENETA’S PILLOW CLUTCH

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 THE TIMELESS CROSSBODY 

The most versatile of all, crossbody bags are an unfading trend that has seemingly always been in style. They’re compact and hands-free, just the right size to fit your essentials and double as a wallet on chain. They allow for freedom of movement and usually have an adjustable front flap making them easy to manoeuvre. These trendy pieces are one of the most versatile designer bags you can buy.

BOTTEGA VENETA’S PILLOW CLUTCH

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TOTES À LA MODE

Whether you’re preparing for a day at the beach, a long day at work or a slumber party with your friends, a tote is an essential part of everyone’s accessories repertoire. Whatever your destination, totes bags are ideal for a stylish escape. They are big enough to haul stuff around in, be it your everyday essentials, your laptop or your clothes, whilst looking polished and professional. Hence, they often double as work bags for the classy #girlbosses. 

Between the Louis Vuitton Neverfull, an LV staple, and Gucci Re(Belle) Top Handle Tote you can carry it all!

LOUIS VUITTON NEVERFULL

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THE STRUCTURED TOP HANDLE

Sleek and sophisticated, the structured top handle bag is another quintessential designer piece. This vintage-inspired bag is elegant and adds instant polish to absolutely any ensemble with its alluring structured silhouette.


From classic neutral hues to box bags to crystal-embellished beauties, these bags are available in a diverse range of styles and pair well with equally luxe fabrics like wool or lace. Designers from Prada to Miu Miu have showcased the top-handle handbag in a variety of silhouettes and designs.

THE DIOR LADY DIOR BAG

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LOGO LOVE

Unapologetically bold, Logo bags are a classical iteration revived by one of fashion’s most voguish brands. Designer logos can be minimalist and chic, while others are deliberately loud and flashy. Over the years, logos have evolved from the classic nameplates and motifs to more sophisticated renditions. These bags are a great way to flaunt your love for fashion and make a style statement.

From ornately embellished Balenciaga shoulder bags and Fendi's logo designs, to minimalist Givenchy GV3 bags, these trophy pieces will revamp any outfit.

FENDI'S MON TRÉSOR

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TRENDY BELT BAGS

Back from the Nineties, fanny packs have experienced a renaissance under the new moniker of “belt bag”. They’re comfortable to wear, practical, often gender-neutral, and versatile: functioning as a simple belt to cinch your waist and providing space to store your necessities. Very on trend this year, these belt bags can be strapped across your chest or around your waist, for a casual-but-high-class look. Revived by Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang and Gucci collections, luxury brands present their takes on this tourist-inspired accessory, season after season.

GUCCI GG MARMONT MATELASSÉ LEATHER BELT BAG

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