7 Dated Handbag Trends That Have Basically Disappeared (for Now)

As someone who is admittedly obsessed with handbags, I consider it my fashion-editor duty to keep you up-to-date on the comings and goings of handbag trends. The nice thing about bag trends is that they tend to stick around a lot longer than other types of trends. Given that they can be a significant investment, it makes sense.

You may have noticed an underlying theme when it comes to the bag trends of today. Most are revived styles from the '90s and 2000s, which is keeping with what's happening with fashion, in general, these days. But you most likely clicked into this story to find out what bag trends people aren't wearing at the moment. I'm here to tell you that too.

Below, I'm highlighting seven handbag trends I hardly ever see anymore and seven that you can't escape these days—but why would you want to?

Disappeared: Mini Duffle Bags

Everywhere: Motorcycle Bags

One of the biggest handbag revelations of the past few months is that Balenciaga moto bags are back and better than ever—just like many other Y2K trends. But a Y2K trend that hasn't returned as of yet is the mini duffle bag of yore.


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Disappeared: Metallic Leather Bags

Everywhere: Bags in Saturated Colors

Sometimes, metallic leather bags are a thing; sometimes, they're not. Right now, they're not. But just like the rest of fashion this season, saturated colors are thriving. Think bright pink, orange, kelly green, and canary yellow.


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Disappeared: Bucket Bags

Everywhere: '90s Shoulder Bags

This one goes without saying, but I'm saying it anyway: Nineties-style shoulder bags are still reigning supreme when it comes to current bag trends, much to my personal delight. Several years ago, the trend that was on top was, undoubtedly, bucket bags, but they've long since peaked. I don't doubt that they'll make an eventual comeback, though.


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Disappeared: Micro Mini Bags

Everywhere: Logo Totes

To be fair, micro mini bags are very cute, and they're certainly not obsolete, but I find that people are gravitating toward more practical bags these days, and bags that can't even hold your phone are not that. Speaking of practical, totes (specifically logo totes) fit the bill.


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Disappeared: Baby Backpacks

Everywhere: Equestrian Bags

I honestly miss baby backpacks, and I hope they make a comeback soon. (I have a feeling they will.) In the meantime, I'll be leaning into the equestrian trend that's so chic and timeless.


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Disappeared: Fanny Packs

Everywhere: Crystal-Embellished Bags

So fanny packs and crystal-embellished bags are basically polar opposites, but I suppose they both fit under the category of novelties. There's still a time and a place for fanny packs (e.g., Disneyland), but the trend has cooled off. Crystal-embellished bags, on the other hand, are white-hot. Thanks, Prada!


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Disappeared: Circle Bags

Everywhere: Clean Top-Handle Bags

Once-popular circle bags have bitten the dust for now, but that's okay because if you like top-handle bags (which many circle bags were/are), classic iterations of those are very popular. The Hermès Kelly bag is flooding Instagram right now, but there are plenty of lower-priced options to choose from.


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Next up, The Designer Bags That Will Reign in 2022

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.