These Are the 5 Biggest Handbag Trends for Spring 2023

The spring/summer 2023 runways are predicting many trends that are in store for next year. From sweet, delicate pieces like rosettes and bows and the return of skinny pants to excessive layering and ‘90s-inspired tube dresses, there are fresh new trends to watch out for in the ready-to-wear space. We’re also primed for some major shoe trends including shiny, satin pieces, cool pumps, and the continuation of Mary Janes. If you’re wondering what is happening in the handbag realm, there is plenty of newness of have on your radar.

Fresh silhouettes and styles were debuted on the S/S 23 runways that will predict the biggest handbag trends for the upcoming season. With many people returning to the office, designers provided fashion-forward work bags—think of them as a directional take on briefcases and cool takes on practical 9-to-5 pieces. We also saw some larger trend themes—including pretty, romantic pieces—play out in the handbag category. Ahead, see the 5 biggest spring handbag trends to know for 2023.

One of the most notable bag trends of the season? Back to work bags. Brands including Prada and Miu Miu endorsed shrunken briefcase-style bags that feel primed for corporate dress codes, albeit the coolest possible versions that you’ll be sure to spot in the wardrobes of fashion‘s coolest insiders.

For several seasons, we’ve been talking about the prevalence of XXL tote bags—and every season, they are reworked and more wearable than the last. Cool, minimal neutral styles prevailed on the runways at Peter Do, Altuzarra, and Ferragamo. If you’re looking for a practical piece that is trend-forward, this is it.

For the spring/summer 2023 season, we’re seeing more refined takes on the angsty fashion trend that has been gaining momentum throughout 2022.  That includes buckles, which we’re seeing as a major trend on bags for the upcoming season. Whether added to a hobo, tote, or baguette, it’s all about the buckle detail.

With talks about “pretty things” and goth glam, there are many takes on romantic fashion that are permeating the fashion space. The next iteration? Bags finished with details like rosettes, ruffles, and sweet flower details as spotted on the runways at Prada, Dries Van Noten, and Loewe.

Flouncy, soft-to-the-touch bags couldn’t be ignored on the spring/summer 2023 runways. With iterations as interesting as the tasseled clutches at Victoria Beckham and the fuzzy bags at Jil Sander, you can bet that this subset of bags is about to be huge next year.

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