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Trending 28 September 2020

5 Handbag Trends That Are Totally Hot For SS20

The key handbag styles you need to know to now!

It goes without saying that handbags are the very best way to bring an outfit to life. So if COVID has left you reluctant to splash out on a whole new spring/summer wardrobe, updating your handbag arsenal could be the smartest move you can make this season.

Words By Katelyn Kalafatis

Shoulder Bag

Shoulder bags are (once again) reigning supreme. It’s time to say goodbye to the convenience of your trusty cross-bodies with this chic and sleek alternative. Giving us serious 90’s super model vibes, shoulder bags are by far the ultimate outfit topper of 2020. Whether it be fabricated from nylon, leather or some sort of faux animal print – we have a range of items to shop that will help you achieve the lust-worthy aesthetic, trending this season.

If you have an Instagram account, you’ve probably seen Prada’s nylon shoulder bags noticeably rise in popularity. With the bags gaining major traction and filling our feeds, the luxury brand has re-released the style in a more sustainable way. Made from 100% recycled nylon, Prada’s leather and recycled-nylon shoulder bag is the same bag we know and love yet is a whole lot better for both the people and the planet.

Silvatica Shoulder Bag Regular, $355, Aje


A bag that looks so comfy it could be a pillow. We introduce you to the clutch/handbag hybrid that is stealing major space in our Spring and Summer wardrobes. With a detachable strap, you can wear your new pouch in a multitude of ways. The extremely soft material also makes for a super relaxed look, meaning there’s no mandatory ‘break in’ period. With a silhouette like this, the slouchy aesthetic is expertly achieved within the first few wears.

Balenciaga’s Cloud XL crocodile-effect leather cross-body bag is quite literally named after its cloud-like shape. Made in Italy, with a snap-fastening frame and an organic-cotton lined interior, this baby’s quality is worth the high price tag. Carry as a clutch or attach by the slender leather strap to make it a cross body, this high end and multi-purpose pocket is simply heaven in a handbag.

Mansur Gavriel Cloud Mini Leather Cross-body Bag, $790, Matches Fashion

Hard Shell

Small, hard-shell bags are on trend in a big way. With their unique fabrication, designers are able to achieve silhouettes and shapes that are unattainable with the classic leathers we know and love. Whether it be made with acrylics or metals, the solid material means you’re able to get a super structured, sturdy bag that is guaranteed to keep the daily essentials safely tucked away.

Dolce and Gabanna is a couture brand that never fails to release pieces that make us feel like we’re living in an endless season of European Summer. Their Sicily mini marbled-acrylic bag is no exemption to this as the up-to-date and modern take on their signature style is giving us all necessary Italy vacay vibes. Structured from marbled plexiglass shell, with green exterior and gold accents, this tiny number is bound to make a big statement.

Renee Handbag, was $229 now $160, Amber Sceats

Chain Bag

Thick chains are back with a vengeance. First appearing in 2020 on shoes and necklaces, chain details of all shapes and sizes are now adorning our favourite handbags. Whether it be gold, silver or colourful acrylics, chunky chains are the statement of the season. High-end and low-cost brands have all embraced the trend, creating staple accessories that include the hardware feature in both little and seriously big ways.

The Gabi Chain-Embellished Leather Shoulder Bag from The Volon is the perfect cross body number that is guaranteed to freshen up your wardrobe. The gold chain embellishment sits across the slouchy white exterior, combining a collection of 2020’s most popular handbag trends. Minimalist yet chic, this bag is the perfect medium-sized cross body that will safely stow away your smaller daily essentials. And not to mention, gold and white is the colour combination that almost never fails in any warm-weather, wardrobe collection.

Bottega Veneta The Chain Casette Bag, $5,250, Farfetch

Classic Tote

Tote bags are often underestimated when it comes to style and here at Monde, we are extremely happy that they’re finally getting the recognition they deserve. Although yes, they’re the go-to staple for seriously large amounts of storage and foldable convenience, luxury brands and haute designers have elevated the essential bag, making totes anything but boring.

Saint Laurents’s RIVE GAUCHE N/s shopping bag is the black and white bag, essential for any bougie shopper. Despite the brand’s seemingly classic take on the staple handbag, YSL hasn’t neglected luxury through the small yet important details. If you’re wanting to safely stow anything away, the printed tote has a large interior featuring one zip pocket. It also features three Saint Laurent engraved snap button closures, and is completed with tubular, black leather handles. Classic but never basic, this YSL tote is any shopaholics next staple purchase.

Marni Market Woven Tote Bag, $184, Farfetch