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Bag trends: 9 styles to have on your radar in 2023

Up your accessory game now…

Bag enthusiasts, we've got good news. 2022 was practically brimming with a slew of killer accessory trends, from Balenciaga's fashion set favourite Hourglass shape to Prada's super sleek Cleo design. But another year, another batch of hot styles to sink your teeth (and wallet) into – and judging by the strength of the SS23 accessory crop, a bag refresh is just what the doctor ordered.

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A calculated splurge in the form of a clean minimalist shoulder style (think Coperni or Bally) would make for an ultra-versatile investment, whereas self-confessed magpies ought to consider rhinestones and silver tones, as seen at Jonathan Simkhai, Paco Rabanne and JW Anderson.

Hello! Fashion shares the bag trends that are set to be hot for 2023:

Top (notch) handles 

Dior, Off-White, Prada 

This season we're coming out on top. Structured handles that ooze regal elegance are all the rage for SS23, and the likes of Christian Dior (duh), Off-White and Prada are leading the way.


Bottega Veneta, Molly Goddard, Louis Vuitton

Go big or go home is the mantra du jour, and rest assured, we're going absolutely nowhere. Seek out XXL shapes that steal the show – the high maintenance girl's dream.

Rhinestone extravaganza 

Jonathan Simkhai, JW Anderson, Pipatchara

Elvis Presley has nothing on our current rhinestone addiction. Party season is back for more in the form of achingly covetable crystal-adorned styles, and we're here for it.

Utility pockets 

Altuzarra, Annakiki, Fendi

With functionality at the forefront, designers have been all about the utility styles of late. Check out the likes of Altuzarra, Annakiki and Fendi for your multi-pocket fix.

Silver lining 

Coperni, Heliot Emil, Paco Rabanne

Is it the news of the upcoming Barbarella remake that has us head over heels for the Space Age vibe? We couldn't possibly say. Flashy silvers? Know that we're 100% into it.

Minimalist shoulder moment 

Bally, Issey Miyake, Vaillant 

Understated girlies will be thrilled to hear that structured, clean-line designs are on the agenda for SS23. Looking to invest? Add Bally, Issey Miyake and Vaillant to your accessory radar.

Denim injection

Blumarine, RVDK, Altuzarra

Y2K devotees consistently go hard on the denim levels (we salute you), and for SS23 that is set to continue into the arm candy department.

Pillow power 

Stella McCartney, Loewe, Giambattista Valli

Intense textures with kinetic energy are everywhere – think fringing, feathers and sequins – and in the accessory sphere, the tactile trend takes the form of soft, squishy shapes.  


Simone Rocha, Khanbogd Cashmere, Chanel 

Blurring the boundaries between bags and jewellery is set to be huge this year. Seek out decadent pearl cage styles as well as metallic chain lattices for maximum impact, taking your cues from Chanel, Etro, Khanbogd Cashmere and Simone Rocha.

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