Trust Us: Everyone Will Be Carrying These 8 Handbag Trends This Summer

Regardless of the date, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that summer is no longer imminent—it's full-blown here. Sure, summer might not officially start until 21 June, but the blue skies and rising temperatures are good enough for me. Of course, there will inevitably be some odd chilly days, but that's what makes this particular article so pertinent. No matter the forecast, there's one piece you can use to make your outfits feel more summery even when you're covered up in jeans and a trench coat. And that piece is a handbag.

No matter how many dresses, shoes, or other stylish finds we serve up, slinging a fresh bag over your shoulder is still one of the quickest ways to level up your look and overhaul your aesthetic for a new season. So which are the summer 2022 handbag trends to be aware of? I'm glad you asked.

Fortunately, there's something for everyone in this year's arm-candy line-up, from the tote bag that minimalists are currently carrying to shoulder bags saturated with sparkle. Without further ado, here are the eight most important handbag trends of summer 2022.



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Dragon Diffusion's leather woven basket bags have been around for a few years now, but it seems their popularity is at an all-time high this summer. Every time I log in to Instagram, I see them on repeat. And now, there are even more iterations starting to crop up.



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Bouclé textures were more prevalent than ever on the S/S 22 runways, so it's little wonder the fabrication has trickled down to bags, too. The texture exudes "rich aunt" vibes, which, I'd argue, is a label to aspire to have.



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There are a few It bags already coming through for summer 2022, but none are quite as in demand as Prada's crochet tote. It's been flying off the shelves in record time, so I advise setting up alerts for the specific style and colour you're looking for. If all else fails, however, there are more affordable options to choose from, too.



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While I love the look of boxy, structured bags, if you're looking to make your outfits more current, then you need to invest in a curved style. Coperni presents an impeccable silhouette, but almost any curved shoulder bag will do the trick.



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Between woven leather textures and crochet totes, you don't need to be a bag lover to see that handbags with beachy and holiday influences are big news this summer. Enter bags with nautical-inspired rope handles.



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This season is all about embracing the brightest of bright colours, but if wearing a saturated shade in a dress or suit sounds too daunting, try adding a colour shock to your ensembles with a bright shoulder bag. There are currently plenty to choose from.



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All of our editors have been raving about COS's sling-style handbag, and it's not hard to see why. Inspired by The Row's iconic Banana handbag, this crossbody is the way to go in 2022.



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Sometimes, you just need a little glamour in your life (and wardrobe). Lots of people are wanting to feel fancy again, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that sparkly bags are very much a thing right now. Wear these handbag styles with contrasting linen and other lightweight fabrics to make them feel more summery.

Next Up: Autumn/Winter 2022 Trends: The 15 Fashion Looks You Need to Know About

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.