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Secure the bag in 2021 with our favorite up-and-coming silhouettes

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The handbag always remains a fashion lover’s most expensive purchase. Every coming-of-age story often involves spending way too much money on a purse, citing a bag’s investment value. But the bag is more than just function– the accessory adds movement, originality, creativity, and an edge no matter the occasion. 

Handbags are often a brand’s cash cow, the apex of its entire collection. The global handbag market is expected to hit nearly $22 billion in the next five years while resellers have capitalized on a see-now-buy-now society obsessed with exclusivity. While several it-bags have come and gone, a few remain in our closets, perched upon our shelves waiting for the right moment to be plucked from their cloth cases and taken out for a night on the town. 

With the arrival of a coronavirus vaccine later this year, you can expect to see the handbag return back under the arms of models off-duty and fashionable TikTok teens, right where it belongs. 

Secure the bag in 2021 with these up-and-coming silhouettes.

Mid-Century Bags

The ’70s are back and it’s not just in furniture. 

Mid-century aesthetics have been dominating architectural styles over the last several months. With a unique flair and an appreciation for nostalgia, today’s fashion kids

Perfect to hold during those long nights in a conversation pit, mid-century bags are an homage to fashion’s past, present and future. Late last year, Gucci‘s creative director Alessandro Michele inspired a generation by revitalizing the Jackie bag, an under-the-arm favorite of American royalty, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. With a horse-bit detail and a smooth curve that invokes a groovy feel, the bag is at the top of our wishlists this year.

 

JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS Wears her namesake bag on the streets of New York.

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Creative director Alessandro Michele brought the Jackie bag out of Gucci’s archives during the Fall/Winter 2020 show in Milan.

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Layering Bags

More is more is more is more. After seeing the internet explode with Telfar Clemens‘ Shopping Totes last summer, we’ve fallen in love with the idea of having a bag family. Available in three different sizes, Telfar stans often buy a complete collection to mix and match with their looks, often combining sizes and colors within one outfit. Layering bags is the ultimate way to make sure you’ve accounted for all of your belongings. The trend is perfect for a trip to the airport or for when you’re carrying a portable charger, two masks, hand sanitizer, commuter shoes, an old issue of CR, a cosmetics bag, some old receipts, chapstick and a film camera. Did we miss anything? 

Crescent Bags

The moon is high in the sky and so is our love for crescent-shaped bags in the upcoming months. With structured top handles that fit perfectly under the crook of your arm, this unusual silhouette proves to be a standout among celebrities. The lunar-esque purse is the perfect accessory for your friend who got really into astrology throughout quarantine. If you give it as a gift, they may even read your birth chart.

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Supermodel Kendall Jenner carries a Stand moon bag on the streets of New York in 2019

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Mowalola’s embossed blue soft leather crescent bag makes a statement

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Minimalist Bags

Last year saw the explosion of the classic Prada nylon Re-edition 2005 bag. With smaller, classic styles back in fashion’s good graces, many began turning toward minimalism as we bunkered down indoors. With an emphasis on versatility and timelessness, minimalist bags have become a staple grab-and-go piece to have in your wardrobe. Free of overwhelming, branded monograms or clunky jewels and fastening, minimalist shoulder bags are making a comeback among fashion’s favorite girls. 

Necklace Bags

Fanny packs, step aside. Presenting the newest hands-free accessory: necklace bags.

As the name suggests, the purse-jewelry hybrid slings around a model’s neck. Coming mostly in the form of micro bags, necklace purses are the perfect hybrid between accessory and functionality. What can you fit in your easy-to-access handbag, you may ask? Might we suggest a Tic Tac? Or an expertly-folded-up N95 mask. Or perhaps, a single AirPod? Either way, the jewelry-bag-hybrid is here to stay.

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The Fendi Pico Baguette bag on the Italian house’s Spring/Summer 2020 runway

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Jacquemus’ Le Pitchou Mini pouch 

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Utility Bags

Connect with the great outdoors. These multi-pocketed, functional purses are best suited for your next glamping trip. While you sit back, relax and start a campfire, reach into one of your 57 pockets to grab a marshmallow and graham cracker. Or, if you’re a Prada model, your nylon-ified water bottle.

Folder Bags

Even though we won’t be going to the office anytime soon, we can dream, right?

For all of your filing cabinet needs, this corporate-chic silhouette is a sleek take on the man’s briefcase. Perfect for signed NDAs and unfinished paperwork, the folder bag trend is not for those who like to pack their entire life into one purse. Razor ship and paper-thin, the look is perfect for a sleek, structured accessory to add to your business casual roster.

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Hermès Spring/Summer 2021

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Fuzzy Bags 

Your purse gets cold too you know. 

After exploding on TikTok in the middle of last year, it looks like furry bags are here to stay.

Similar to a tote bag, these fuzzy purses are a simple throw-and-go bag, an endless pit of old receipts, melted gum sticks, and several hair ties. Like 2020, this coming year is all about functionality (with a few exceptions) so why not have a bag that reflects that?@laurenlicup

u should probs add a fuzzy bag to ur Christmas wishlist now #PerfectGifts#styling #outfitinspo♬ The Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani ft. Akon

Fuzzy bags were seen all over runways of Fall/Winter collections past, proving the trend came long before the e-girls. For a refined look, neutral colors and hints of shearling are the way to go.

This article was adapted from crfashionbook.com