Frame handbags came back around again this season, proving that this ladylike style is not going anywhere. Seen in python prints (like at Zimmerman, left), classic leather (like at Coach, right), there’s definitely a type for everyone.
To set yourself apart from the pack, try options with modern details and interesting shapes to push this trend out of the retro comfort zone.
The modern curve of the frame reads a little less retro, but is still super classic—a bag you’ll keep grabbing for years to come.
With two removable straps in leather and in chain, this Weekend Max Mara pick is basically three bags for the price of one.
This python printed leather stunner comes with a strap so you have a hands-free way to wear it as well.
Handbag brand Ratio et Motus loves to take a retro frame style and bring it into the current decade with contemporary details like a thick strap and sculptural hardware.
Reminiscent of the chic Bottega Veneta clutch Lauren Hutton so nonchalantly tucked under her arm in the movie American Giglio, the effortless daytime clutch is becoming a crucial wardrobe staple. Having surfaced on the runway a few seasons ago, the casual clutch has made its way back into the spotlight at Gabriella Hearst (left) and Fendi (right). Look for this in casual materials like suede and leather for more day-to-night wear, versus typical evening fabrics like satin or a sparkly lamé.
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Since the newer style of the clutch that just came down the runway will not be out for a few months, try this classic double-F logo print version now.
The tortoise-effect hardware on this clutch is the super chic detail that sets this particular style apart from the bunch.
The folded leather detail on this little number is such major design for under $100.
Cult-status line Mansur Gavriel tries their hand as a clutch that’s as irresistible as their highly-coveted bucket bags.
The functionality of this shape is grounded in purpose, but the exterior pockets and buckle details play big roles in the classic style which makes for a super chic all-day bag option. On the fall 2021 runways, Etro showed a canvas version (left) while Max Mara offered a supple leather style.
Etro showed a more tricked-out version in this Fall 2021 collection, but if you want to get ahead of the trend, snag this more streamlined option now.
The African Ivorian Baoulé fabric inset on this satchel style from Sarep + Rose is a stunning detail that stands out from other all-leather styles.
This slouchy messenger bag reads a bit more rugged than structured if you’re not feeling a super-buttoned up look.
This smaller, olive green offering from MICHAEL Michael Kors is super functional without sacrificing major style.
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Designers seem to be having a lot of fun playing around with puffier shapes for this upcoming winter. Both Tod’s (left) and Prada (right) showed more voluminous versions of classic bag styles like a hobo and an oversized flap bag. This inflated proportion is a modern update that doesn’t seem to be fading, so now is a great time to lean into it.
Tod’s showed a super-sized hobo for fall, similar to this baby blue leather one they’re offering right now.
In camel vegan leather, this small but mighty option packs a lot of puffiness.
This “hammock”-shaped tote looks great over the shoulder as it does crossbody.
Quilted chain-strap bags are a wardrobe staple and this one doubles as a pillow. You’re welcome.