Milan Has Spoken—This Handbag Trend Is Going to Dominate Our Spring Wardrobes

As a fashion editor, a big part of my job is to remain on top of new-season trends. As such, I monitor the twice-yearly fashion months like a hawk. Whilst stylish guests in Milan, Paris, New York and London flock to witness the new trends ahead of the rest, I use this period to take stock of what the style set is wearing to these major shows, as this is often an accurate indicator of the trends and hot pieces bubbling up right now.

I've seen several common threads weaving through the street style images from the fashion capitals so far, but the one I can't stop thinking about is the burgundy bag trend. Spotted in the clutches of so many stylish showgoers, the burgundy bag appears to be becoming a staple in the wardrobes of those in the know.

Milan Fashion Week Street Style Burgundy Bags

From oversized clutches to sleek crossbody bags, almost every style has been treated to a burgundy makeover this season. Last season saw a saturation of vivid red shades, but for S/S '24, fashion crowds are backing its chicer older sister. Pairing well with neutral tones as well as several more vivid shades, dark burgundy has proven to be far easier to style than the brighter reds that came before it.

Milan Fashion Week Street Style Burgundy Bags

It's no coincidence that this bag trend is suddenly everywhere, as last year's spring/summer collections predicted a revival of the demure shade. Spotted on the runway at Bottega Veneta, Chloé, Eudon Choi, Gucci and many more, the deep merlot tone was worn with shades of blue, purple, peach, khaki and black, demonstrating the versatile nature of the elegant colour.

Milan Fashion Week Street Style Burgundy Bags

High-fashion designers aren't the only ones spotlighting this new bag trend; high-street brands have also caught on, so from Mango to The Row, shop our edit of the best burgundy bags to buy now below.


News Writer

Natalie Munro is Who What Wear UK’s news writer. Previously freelance commerce writer at British Vogue, Natalie’s experience spans journalistic and styling roles, which have seen her work on shoots for publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Ukraine, AnOther Magazine and Elle UK and write for publications including British Vogue and Conde Nast Traveller. With an interest in uncovering the latest fashion trends, Natalie takes a leading role in identifying news and trends for Who What Wear UK, with a particular focus on celebrity style and emerging fashion trends.