New Year, New Bag—5 Trends to Try First Next Year

The new year is quickly approaching, and if you're looking for a smart new purchase, any one of the below five handbag trends will do just the trick. They haven't taken over yet, but trust me. Come 2023, the handful of trends below will be everywhere. This season, we're seeing a nice mix of classic, everyday carryalls, and more sparkly party pieces, so you can rest assured there is a bag style that's right for you.

If you're the kind of person who prefers to invest in one handbag and wear it to death, these bag trends are worth the splurge, as they meet that perfect basic yet trendy requirement. If not, don't worry, because I shopped out affordable versions of each as well so that you can participate in these trends no matter what your budget is. And with that, I'll let you enjoy shopping for the best handbag trends of 2023. 

Fashion-Girl Work Bags


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A sleek and semi-roomy work bag is all fashion people can think about right now, whether they are going to the office or not. 

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Oversize Totes


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In terms of this trend, size does matter. The bigger the better when it comes to these slouchy totes. 

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Anything Silver


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Party season just might be coming to an end, but silver bags will last forever.

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Edgy Elements


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Surprisingly edgy detailing and hardware on handbags are what is currently getting me excited for the new year. Thanks to Diesel and Miu Miu, specifically, I feel like this will be the bag trend I'll be leaning into most.

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Vintage Victors


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You can never go wrong with a vintage classic, especially because they will never go out of style. 

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Editorial Director

Lauren Eggertsen is currently the editorial director of Who What Wear and has worked at the company for over eight years, where she started as an associate editor and has since worked her way up. Lauren has over 10 years of experience in the fashion editorial space, starting her career with internships at Marc Jacobs, Marie Claire, and The Zoe Report, where she was later hired as their editorial assistant. Lauren has worked in the Los Angeles and New York Who What Wear offices but currently calls L.A. home. It is here where she leads and manages Who What Wear's fashion team and oversees all day-to-day editorial content and large tentpole moments. This includes all of the runway, trend, and shopping-driven content that ultimately helps to build a strong brand reputation within the industry. Lauren's role also includes helping to set the fashion direction for all original photo shoots and often styles many of the celebrity cover shoots, including big names like Kaia Gerber, Normani, and Kristen Stewart.

She has also attended multiple fashion weeks, including New York, London, Milan, and Paris, where her personal style has been featured on sites such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Elle. She prides herself on discovering and supporting small brands and on her knack for a good vintage shopping find. When she isn't working, she enjoys researching and dining at reputable restaurants around both her neighborhood and the globe.