Ever since Sex and the City‘s Carrie Bradshaw led the way, we are proud to be bag ladies. After all, nothing like a bright bag to brighten your day. Especially when it comes at the onset of a brand new year. We scoured Instagram and Spring/Summer ’17 trend reports to compile with the ultimate set of bags you need, and want, in the New Year!

 

Cross Body bags

Simply put, cross body bags are brilliant. From clutches to oversized hobos, bags on the spring-summer runway came with shoulder straps or links to wear them just the way you like. Be it work bags or party-appropriate numbers, we saw them all from New York to Milan. It’s our fail-safe, favourite trend.

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Back Up

En vogue for a few seasons now, backpacks have come a long way from the days when they were only meant for students. Take a look at the refined designs by labels like Tumi and you will readily agree. Combining functionality with stellar looks, these new-age backpacks are approved by style icons like Taylor Swift and Katrina Kaif (who once told Vogue India that it was the only kind of bag she carried). To stay on trend, take your cues from Lanvin and Anya Hindmarch and hold your backpack in your hands.

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Less is More

We saw a profusion of bags on spring-summer runways that took the modern, minimalist route to style. Bucket bags, sloughy angles, and spacious unfussy designs were spotted at Off-White, Stella McCartney, and Givenchy. Eschew paraphernalia for clean lines, minimal hues, and emphasise on unusual shapes to make an impact. Case in point: this slouchy Furla shoulder bag that will never fail to start a conversation.

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Big Show

If SS ’17 shows are anything to go by, larger than life bags are going to be huge. Balenciaga’s bags were big enough to double up as luggage and we saw a multitude of bags ready to hold everything at Givenchy and Céline. We reckon these bags aren’t for everyone, but this Armani Jeans number is perfect for big shopping trips and travelling. Could there possibly be a better reason for carrying your world in your bag?

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Travel & Leisure

Speaking of travel, our social media handles will prove our wanderlust. Resortwear is having a moment and trip-ready fashion—boho chic to athleisure—makes it to the wardrobe of every stylish traveller. Celeb spotting at airports will show you that laidback travel wear is usually accompanied by practical yet super gorgeous bags. Little wonder we love this travel bag by Michael Kors—carry it and you too might have your celeb moment soon.

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Handle With Care

Have you ever stopped to look at the handles of your bag? If not, you will certainly do so next year. Gucci, Fendi, and Chloe were among the many labels that showcased a range of bags where the real charm lay in the top handles. Think jewelled links, metallic rings, or this contrast braiding on this wild west-inspired Coach 1941 beauty. Get a grip on this haute trend!

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Chain Reaction

Whether it’s Chanel’s iconic creations or modern versions by ace designers. For SS ’17, labels like Christian Dior (helmed by the creative insights of Maria Chiuri) and Givenchy showcased a profusion of chain links. At John Galliano, chain links embellished the bag in layers. We love the polished vibe of this dark caramel bag by Michael Michael Kors.

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Small Wonders

When it comes to bags, the spotlight for the forthcoming seasons is on small bags. Not just small, but miniature beauties like Chanel’s 3D robot bag and Hermès’ lipstick-box style bags took the SS ’17 runways by storm. Tiny bags aren’t always the most practical, so we suggest taking the middle ground with this Michael Michael Kors design that will fit in your lipstick with the all-essential cash, cards, and phone. What we love best? Its fuzzy surface and tassel accents makes us go awww.

Tip: Take a cue from the likes of Loewe and coordinate your small bags with big ones. It looks mod and takes care of your storage needs too.

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Embellished Bags

From Chanel to Dior, embellishment emerged as one of the strongest trends for the upcoming year. SS ’17 is slated to be unabashedly feminine as bags of all shapes and sizes come studded with glitter and rhinestones, rivets and 3D detailing. Take your cues from Gucci’s whimsical patterns, Dior’s feminist statements, and Carven’s sparkling clutches. Our personal pick? This lovely Coach 1941 crossbody bag, remodelled from a 1970s design topped with leather floral applique.

Style tip: As every SS ’17 runway show will testify, the new way to carry your bag is to cinch it in your hands. From totes to mini bags, hold your arm candy dearly in 2017.

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