I Have It on Good Word That These 5 Bags Are Going to Blow Up to It Status

From asymmetrical tops to grandma sweaters, we understand the temptation to indulge in every up-and-coming trend. But investing in the “it bag” of the moment can single-handedly elevate your entire wardrobe (without having to buy a single new top, jacket, or pair of pants). Like chain necklaces and square-frame sunglasses, accessories pack a powerful punch when it comes to elevating your look. 

Which brings us to the “it bags” of 2021. From ’90s-inspired purses to fresh takes on the popular market tote, the below handbag trends are poised to overtake Instagram in the new year (and beyond). Fashion influencers and celebrities alike are already sporting the below styles, and we only see them growing in popularity in 2021. 

Without further ado, shop the five status handbags that Who What Wear editors predict will blow up next year. 

The 90s-inspired Prada Cleo bag dropped in early December, and it’s already poised to be the “it bag” of 2021. We predict that this modern reinterpretation of the iconic style will spark a larger trend towards minimalist, ’90s-style handbags, particularly in nylon.

The cult-favorite Bottega Veneta Cassette bag reinvigorated the quilted, padded look in 2019, but this trend shows no signs of stopping into 2021. From Chanel to Mango, brands are still designing their take on the iconic style in a range of colors, price points, and silhouettes. 

Structured, hobo-style handbags with exaggerated curves are currently trending and show no signs of slowing down into 2021. Brands like By Far, Staud, Mango, and more are designing countless renditions of the trending style, from shiny patent leather to pleated croissants. 

From accordion-style bucket bags to cloud-inspired baguettes, unstructured pleating in all its forms is still trending hard into 2021. Brands like Mansur Gavriel, Elleme, and Zara are all embracing the trend with open arms, designing a range of bags with this one unifying detail. 

Next, three celebrity stylists on the trends we’ll still be wearing in 2021.