These Are the Most Important Winter Handbag Trends Period

If there’s one fashion item I invest in more than any other, it’s definitely handbags. When I was growing up, I actually saved up my babysitting money to buy a nylon Prada bag—it was my first big fashion purchase and an item I still own and wear on the regular to this day. Proof that a good bag earns a seriously low cost per wear and can stay in your closet for years.

I also believe that a great bag can really make or break an outfit, transforming your closet basics into stylish looks for everywhere from the office to an event. Yep, a structured-frame bag will do all the work elevating a jeans and T-shirt outfit while a fun evening clutch can dress up a simple black dress.

So what are the key bag trends to invest in now? Ahead, I’m highlighting the key winter handbag trends to know about—including everything from practical styles to showstopping pieces.

Zebra Print

With zebra prints on the rise, it was only a matter of time before the trend trickled into the handbag world. Get ready to see these everywhere.

Scrunchie Handles

Scrunchie-handle bags are sweeping my Instagram feed right now—closely following the scrunchie hair trend that we've been seeing everywhere this year.

Luxe Feather Details

This might be my favorite handbag trend of 2019 so far. Honestly, what could be more perfect to top off a party look than a bag finished with feathers?

Shearling

Yes, you'll probably want to bundle up in a plush coat this winter, but it turns out bags will also be just as cozy. I'm seeing shearling bags absolutely everywhere and expect it to be a huge trend this winter.

XXL Totes

Supersize bags are such a major trend right now that there is even an Instagram meme account called @bigbagclub documenting it. When it comes to totes at the moment, the bigger, the better.

Egg Shapes

Round, egglike shapes are popping up everywhere—including popular styles from brands like Staud and Coperni. With many more similar styles on the horizon in 2020, this silhouette will definitely be sticking around.

Padded Fabrics

Puffed-up, padded bag styles are the maximal option for fashion girls who are minimalists at heart. I'm especially loving designs from Bottega Veneta and A.W.A.K.E. Mode.