Purses are kind of a crucial accessory, aren’t they? Whether you’re out for the night downtown or commuting to and from work, your purse needs to not only hold all your … stuff securely, but it needs to be stylish and comfortable.
The good news? In 2019, the kinds of purses that seem to be gracing the runways combine both practicality and durability with a touch of unexpected style and whimsy. If you’re in the market for a new staple bag, look no further to find out what’s going to be in everybody’s wardrobes this year.
If this kind of bag gives you flashbacks to roaming the halls of middle school and being late for biology class, fear not. The backpack is, well, back, but this time around it’s much more stylish. This style was just getting it feet wet in 2018, but we’re anticipating much more mainstream attention in 2019, as it moves from “cool girl” status to wardrobe staple.
What makes the backpack so much cooler this time around? We’re seeing it in richer leather material, giving it a high-end, sophisticated feel that’s perfectly appropriate for the workplace. Paired with slender straps and clean lines, and it manages to have a grown up, elegant feel. As a bonus, the backpack distributes the bag weight evenly across your back (when worn correctly, that is), which makes it ergonomically friendly.
Fitting for a season that’s big on boho style, the fringe is back. Whether as a unique way to embellish a clutch purse for a night out, or on a crossbody weekend bag, fringes are gracing the runway this season and provide a perfect splash of texture and movement. Make sure your leather fringe is looking its best with regular purse cleaning and repair.
We love the way Valentino paired a spacious, workplace-savvy tote bag with a whimsical fringe around the top, but with a bit of savvy style hunting, you’re likely to find a budget-friendly version just as easily.
Black Crossbody Bags
Simplicity definitely seems to be in for 2019, as we’re seeing more and more people embrace the simple, yet elegant, crossbody bag. This classic staple can take many forms, from a small evening bag made with a slender crossbody chain, to a rich leather messenger bag, perfect for the executive on the go or the student who wants to invest in a more grownup look.
We love it when fashion trends are also practical, and this style definitely meets both qualifications. The crossbody strap means it’s secure – when running to catch the metro or juggling multiple items – for example, and they normally have a flap, which keeps your belongings nice and snug, as well as safe from the elements.
The clean simple lines make it a versatile piece too, whether you’re opting for one in a rich, onyx leather or an embellished version for weekend errands.
While it doesn’t immediately sound glamorous, a drawstring bag can actually be very stylish and the spring 2019 lines include many variations.
They’re so simple as to be low tech, but at the end of the day, what’s easier to open and close than a drawstring? Aside from that, they have a very boho/wanderlust vibe that fits in with a lot of what we’re seeing on the runways this season. From elegant, white leather drawstring bags by Balenciaga, to other high-end versions from Stella McCartney and Prada, the drawstring bag is officially upscale.
Keep it simple with neutral colours and a luxe leather material, and the drawstring bag is a casual, yet on-point bag for everything from running errands downtown to brunching with friends.
Vintage is Back
You know what else we’ve seen a lot on the runways for 2019 bag collections? Some vintage classics with an updated twist. Major designers like Versace and Miu Miu have been taking a page from the classic Chanel handbags, featuring vintage snap tops, hexagon shapes and elegant patent leather. It seems like the nostalgic trend is here to stay this year.
Naturally, some of these feature contemporary updates, like embellishments or bold colours, but if you were to go digging through the depths of a vintage depot and find a classic brown Chanel clutch, you would be right on point. A quality leather cleaning and that vintage bag will look like it came straight from the 2019 runway.