The best designer handbags and essential styles to buy now

While even some of the best designer handbag trends can go in and out of style, there are a handful of silhouettes that stand the test of time.

Consider these styles the ultimate handbag essentials. Similar to a black blazer, white t-shirt or pair of jeans, a good handbag is just as important in the wardrobe – and there’s a version for every occasion, season and personal style.

From elevated totes to structured styles, from fun-sized to functional (pretty doesn’t mean impractical), here’s our guide to all the essential handbag silhouettes and styles.

Raised shopping bags

No more boring tote bags! It’s time to invest in something as spacious, practical and versatile, but much less expected.

Dries Van Noten leather-trimmed printed canvas tote

Gabriela Hearst Hildegard knotted leather tote

functional sports

When your schedule calls for something a little more casual, leave the leather behind and throw on something nylon or canvas.

The Row Slouchy Banana Two leather-trimmed canvas shoulder bag

JW Anderson tote bag in embroidered leather and edged with shells

Prada Triangle Logo-Plaque Re-Nylon Belt Bag

Jil Sander Moon small leather-trimmed cotton-canvas belt bag

The small but mighty

Despite their small appearance, miniature bags make a big impression. After coming back for several seasons, they’ve proven to be an enduring style rather than a fleeting trend.

Fendi Croissant mini leather shoulder bag

By Far + Mimi Cuttrell Frame glossed-leather tote

Jacquemus Le Chiquito Noeud leather shoulder bag

Valentino Garavani mini V-logo leather shoulder bag

The new evening bags

Take a break from those stiff, bulky clutches and opt for something softer and more comfortable to carry. Plus, these styles will suit all your evening needs.

Prada Re-Edition crystal-embellished satin shoulder bag

Mango Beaded Baguette Bag

Tote bag embellished with crystals Benedetta Bruzziches

Rosantica crystal-embellished velvet shoulder bag

Minimalist shoulder bags

Sleekly crafted, timeless in silhouette, yet no less impactful, the classic shoulder bag gets a chic update you’ll want to wear every day.

Yves Saint Laurent leather shoulder bag

Kiko Kostadinov Trivia shoulder bag

Loewe Puzzle Slouchy Leather crossbody bag

Bottega Veneta small intrecciato leather shoulder bag with flap

The summer touch

It’s always nice to have something seasonal to bring in the summer, whether it’s woven, canvas or colorful.

Beaded shoulder bag

Miu Miu logo print tote bag

Dragon Diffusion Triple Jump Small woven leather basket bag

Mango patchwork leather tote bag

prim scholarships

These refined day bags are for the modern woman and are sure to make a great first impression.

Small Gucci Diana tote bag

Givenchy Antigona leather bag

Jil Sander medium leather handbag with bamboo handle

Small Valextra Iside Tote Bag

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