We can always count on a designer bag to instantly elevate our mood. The hang-up? They’re quite the investment and one we can only make every now and again. Which begs the question: How to decide on a bag worth investing in? To start, we say go with your gut and stay true to your personal style. Also, be cognizant of bags you already own to help decipher which new silhouette best suits your wardrobe—make sure your investment is one you’ll be excited to wear repeatedly and that will stand out whether you’re dressing up or down. If you’re ready to take the plunge, get inspired by ten of the newest styles, from beloved labels to emerging brands.
Chloé Kriss Small Shoulder Bag
See By Chloé
New for spring, See by Chloé's Kriss cross-body bag is a city-sleek take on bohemian style. The half-moon shape feels fresh while the caramel color makes it a smart buy, as it will team well with a range of shades in your wardrobe, from neutrals to rich jewel tones.
Zoe Two-Tone Leather Tote
Emerging London-based label Danse Lente quickly catapulted to cult status (which we called), and this new tote is a perfect choice for reimagining any outfit. The label is known for angular shapes and clean lines of modern architecture, and this bag depicts just such an aesthetic as it hangs slightly off-kilter when held by the terracotta strap—giving any outfit an insanely fresh feel.
Simon Miller has become synonymous with its signature Bonsai bucket bag, and this season the label is introducing the Lunch Bag. It's offered in two sizes—we love this handheld in place of your standard clutch for a fashion-forward look.
Hortensia Leather Shoulder Bag
Net-A-Porter has exclusively launched an edit of bags by up-and-coming Amsterdam-based brand Wandler. Featuring clean lines and nuanced silhouettes, the trapeze-shaped Hortensia shoulder bag is set for cult status—and is proof that an everyday bag needn't be boring.
Small Flap Cross Body Bag
Salvatore Ferragamo always delivers on prim and proper bags. We're head over heels for the Italian house's lavender mini flap cross-body—new for spring and a perfect way to nail the season's It color.
Chain Round S Bag
Logo enthusiasts will adore Balenciaga's interpretation of the trend from its Resort 2018 collection. A quieter take on insignia, we love the double-B plaque and subtly embroidered logo done in velvet.
You can’t deny the allure of the LV monogram. New from the Cruise 2018 collection, Louis Vuitton’s Japanese-inspired Bento Box bag is the cutest statement shape we’ve seen yet. Wear this mini by the top handle, on your shoulder or cross-body literally anytime, anywhere.
Customisable Kan I F Bag
Want to stand out from the crowd? Look no further than Fendi’s customizable Kan I F bag. In addition to a timeless silhouette, you can pick a colorway and personalize your finishes for a made-to-order bag that will last forever. Sure, each one takes between 10 to 11 weeks to produce and deliver, but it's so worth it for guaranteed one-of-a-kind style.
Large Studs Bucket
Oversize bags are having a moment, and Céline’s stud-adorned bucket is flawless—elegantly streamlined for a modern bohemian spirit.
Pleated Iridescent Crumpled Calfskin & Gold-Tone Metal Backpack in Bronze
If you have your sights set on Chanel (who doesn’t?), go for the gusto with this golden pleated backpack. Straight from the Cruise 2018 runway, this bag costs a pretty penny but is the ultimate standout investment whether dressed down with jeans or as a cool-girl finish to evening attire.