I'm a Handbag Expert—Shoppers Are Gravitating Toward These Trendy Bags the Most


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If you love gorgeous accessories (like me), you're going to be quite intrigued by what's coming your way. Yep, I'm here to talk about my favorite subject, handbags. Specifically, I chatted with Lara Osborn, senior procurement director at luxury resale brand Fashionphile, to uncover what she thinks are the top silhouettes of the season. Given that it's her job to more or less be a handbag expert, she seemed like the perfect person to ask about trending styles.

The bag trends in question are not only It bags by Osborn's definition, but they are also favorites because shoppers are gravitating toward these specific investment-worthy styles at Fashionphile. These are the front-runners and the styles people are engaging with the most right now. I'm talking about items like statement-making, colorful finds and sleek logo picks.

With all that in mind, keep scrolling to check out a few of the best summer 2021 handbag trends along with insider tips from Osborn. There's also visual inspiration, complete with pre-owned shopping picks from Fashionphile if you're looking for a designer investment piece. There are other chic options sprinkled throughout as well.


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1. Logo Bags


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"Quite literally, logos speak for themselves and show up as repeat monogram prints, hardware formed into initials or motifs of the house, and, of course, boldly printed lettering. If we can take a history lesson from the king of all monograms, Louis Vuitton, we know that logos in some shape or form are a perma-trend, which makes buying bags with logos a smart investment choice. If you're the type who grooms your closet often to make room for new pieces, then you've probably noticed that bags with some type of recognizable logo are a sure thing for a quick sell."

2. Mini Bags


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"There is a certain kind of freedom that comes from carrying not much more than a phone, keys, and AirPods, which is why we're seeing no end to the nano-, micro-, and mini-bag trend."

3. Pastel Bags


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"It never seems to be the wrong time for pastels lately. There's the downright spring/summer vibe in fresh hues that we seasonally expect… and then there's the (now) timeless pastel trend that seems to find new life even in fall and winter. It could be that many of us missed the better part of two spring seasons in recent times, so our nostalgia for pastels runs strong. Staying on-trend with archival pastel bags is now easier than ever."

4. Chain Bags


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"While chain straps aren't new, the sheer heft of some chain looks will make you do a double take. Surprisingly, they're not nearly as heavy as they appear and are well suited with a nice puffy silhouette. Chanel quite possibly reigns supreme when it comes to who does the iconic chain best."

5. Sleek Pouches


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"Savviness comes in all forms, even in pouches. When a bag can also be an organizer, a wallet, a travel case, and a solo piece carried by itself, it's hard to say no. For next-level savvy, slip a thin shoulder strap through the top, and you'll wonder what took you so long to figure out this little luxury hack. We just love seeing how these pouches show up 'in the wild.'"

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Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.