These Are the Only 6 Handbag Trends You'll Need to Know This Winter


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If there's one item that you need to add to your wardrobe this winter, it's a handbag. Allow me to explain why. Winter is the time of year when wardrobe staples are repeated the most. You'll find yourself wearing your favorite coat and jeans endlessly but will always be looking for ways to mix things up. This is where a statement bag comes into play. Your bag may be the first thing that people notice when they see you, so now might be the time to pick a new one up.

The past few seasons had runway collections that were all about making a statement with bags. We've officially said farewell to the micro bags, and these bigger iterations are catching all of the attention right now. You can't go wrong with testing out the below six handbag trends.


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No funny business here. The return of the briefcase in all shapes and sizes is pretty top of mind right now. The most loved handbag brands like Prada and Bottega Veneta are all dropping work-friendly bags that I'm dying to carry from 9 to 5.

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I love anything '90s, so seeing denim handbags all over the runways made me a very happy fashion editor. Lately, I've been wearing a denim Chanel handbag everywhere I go that I rented on Vivrelle, and I couldn't be happier with the fact that it goes with everything and gives off that effortless vibe that I'm all about.

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I've noticed a few different takes on the hobo bag come in and out of style in the past few years, but after seeing last season's runway, it's clear that the hobo bag is back and bigger than ever. Whenever I wear this type of bag, I have so much room for literally everything I need to fit in.

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Speaking of decades, an ode to the '70s is very much welcomed by me. Fringe is one of the most fun ways to take your handbag collection to the next level. It's a must-try.

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I've been seeing metallic bags all over social media lately. It's no wonder that this is all coming from the runways. Whether it's silver or metallic pink, I need it in my closet now.

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Is it a bracelet, or is it a bag? In this case, it's almost both. This trend is replacing the traditional clutch and making me say goodbye to my micro bags. 

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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.