AW19 Bags | The New Season Trend Report

The new season here and its time to shake things up. Stop things getting stagnant by introducing some new season accessories with the potential to transform old outfits and bring them into the autumn. This season we’re all about simple shapes that pack a punch. You don’t need a whole new winter wardrobe, just perch a new bag on your arm to refresh your look ready for the colder months. Here are the AW19 bags we’re reaching out for.

Photo Credit : Vogue - Soren Jepson

Photo Credit : Vogue – Soren Jepson


The micro trend has touched everything from sunglasses to purses and it shows no sign of shrinking for AW19, so it’s time to swap out practicality if you haven’t already. With just enough room for your card, keys and phone, the micro-bag will not only give your outfit a touch of minimalist cool-girl style but will force you to adopt the lifestyle, rejecting the gathering clutter of your old handbag. We love ours in a classic square shape with a decorative handle, like your Grandma’s handbag in the 60s, but shrunk. 

Oversized Shoppers

On the other end of the spectrum, designers like Malene Birger and Loewe are rejecting the micro trend and instead, sending their models out with oversized shopper bags. If you’re not quite ready to adopt the minimalist lifestyle or can’t fathom leaving the house without your umbrella, makeup bag and phone charger, this trend is your saviour for AW19. No need to limit what you’re carrying, for this trend the bigger the better as macro bags in all textures and patterns graced the runway, especially in the classic grandma gingham giving your bag vintage back-from-the-market vibes.


Remember that old drawstring bag you’d carry your PE kit in? Well, they’re back in a big way for AW19. The fashion crowd were snapped wandering from show to show carrying elevated, glam versions of the classic shape as metallic drawstring pouches were seen under the arms of bloggers, influencers and models alike. Ganni gave us a lesson in how to nail the trend, sending their models down the runway with metallic drawstring pouches in shades of blue and green, paired with everything from jeans to suits. We’re big fans of this revival, offering a no-fuss, nonchalant accessory that still packs a punch in the style department.

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Bucket bags

AW20’s answer for practicality is the trusty bucket bag. This season we saw the ultimate minimalist companion in its signature rigid structure widening at the top, as well as satirical takes on the classic as girls carried paint-can like bags in bright colours with solid handles. If you’re looking for a way to stay up to date with trends while maintaining ease and practicality, a bucket bag is a perfect option, looking equal parts professional and fun. For a fresh season update, opt for a bucket in fresh white or bold pink.

Beaded bags

If rustic minimalism isn’t your thing, choose opulence. Beaded bags give you the decadence your child self dreamed of, being the accessory of dress-up-box fantasies. Fashion’s favourite It Girls, including Alexa Chung, are still deeply in love with intricately beaded bags in shades of pearl and blue, with added jewels for good measure. The more glamorous the better as this trend references to two most lux eras in history, simultaneously giving us 1920s Gatsby vibes and 1970s Studio 54 extravagance. The dream companion for the upcoming party season, treat yourself to something a little sparkly.

Belt bags

Want all in, hands-free ease? Belt bags are still big news in the AW19 bag world, both dressed up with chain straps a la Alexander McQueen, or dressed down with all-over colour like Givenchy. The perfect option for gigs or nights out, when you don’t want to be weighed down but still need somewhere for your card and lipstick. Somewhere between a wallet and a bag, keep all your essentials close but your dedication to style closer.

Clutch bags

In keeping with the vibrant studio 54 disco energy, ditch the straps and opt for a bold clutch bag, preferably in rich yellows, pinks and blues, or shiny satin materials. Void of detail, the clutches dominating the runway came in simple, basic rectangle shapes with a classic zip-top, but let their colours and patterns do all the talking. Stand filled their show with snake clutches, perfectly matching the print of the outfit and adding a new level to the co-ord, meanwhile Munthe favoured black purse-shaped clutches with vibrant grafitti-esque prints. Bonus points are given for a matching mani.


Written by Lucy Harbron

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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