The 9 Handbag Trends That You'll Still Love When Summer Has Ended

If you're in the market for a new handbag (or just want to spend the next five minutes looking at some beautiful accessories), then you're going to like the handbag trends that are taking off this summer. This year's trends fall distinctly into two camps: the classic and the hilariously impractical. In one corner we have elegant satchels that are expensive-looking and super-sized, which means you can stop carrying a canvas tote around with you. On the other end of the spectrum are silly playful accessories—including rainbow-coloured beaded bags and the updated basket bag. Keep scrolling to see our guide to the handbag trends that you'll see swinging from the most fabulous shoulders this summer.

Beaded Bags

The slightly surprising handbag trend that has taken over for 2018? Colourful beaded bags. The aim here is to get something that looks like it belongs like a six-year-old child.

Novelty Basket Bags

Handbag trends spring summer 2018: Cult Gaia basket bag


Emma Spedding

Basket bags remain popular for another summer, however, this year they've got even more flamboyant—such as Cult Gaia's Stella tote.

Rope Bags

Handbag trends spring summer 2018: Knotted bag


Lucy Williams

Another novelty handbag of the summer is rope bags—particularly the ones by Alienina. These aren't just for the beach either…


The satchel is a key shape this year, and the name to drop here is the Hortensia by Wandler. Buyers from Net-a-Porter, Browns and more are hailing this as one of the It bags for 2018.

Woven Fabrications

Jonathan Anderson always creates a buzz with his handbags at both J.W.Anderson and Loewe. His leather woven bag for Loewe is set to be just as loved as the brand's iconic Puzzle bag.

Shop the trend:

You can preorder this beauty now on Moda Operandi. 

"Olsen-Sized" Bags

handbag trends spring/summer 2018: Gucci bag Rebelle



In 2018, bags are supersized again and reminiscent of the Olsens' handbags from the aughties. The key bag we are lusting after here is Gucci's doctor-style handbag, the Re(belle).

Tan Leather

This year, one of the biggest changes in handbags is with colours, rather than form. That being said, tan bags are poised to replace your black totes. Victoria Beckham tapped into this trend, along with a number of others—including Staud, Wandler and Chloé.


Speaking of colour, pastel handbags are also having a moment. Chances are that you've been craving adorable mini bags in ice cream colours, like the Adeam bag above.

Retro Logos

handbag trends spring/summer 2018: Fendi retro logo bag



The aughties have been making a comeback for several seasons now, and it's now time for retro logo handbags to explode. The likes of Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner have already been wearing these nostalgic logo bags from Fendi, Dior and Gucci.

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