These are the ones you should be slinging around to make an impact.
Extra large totes
While the itty-bitty bag is still having its moment, 2020 promises to be the year of the XL tote. We’re talking totes so big you can literally fit the kitchen sink in them. These dramatic bags come with elongated straps so as to ensure your lack of subtlety is boldly evident.
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This year it’s not enough to carry a bag, you’ll probably want to carry at least two or more. This is a great option for those looking for a practical and functional trend to follow. You can carry all your essentials in a handy compartmentalised manner without looking over the top.
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Minimalist and elegant, puffed-up, cloud-like pouches will continue to be a big trend this year. Slip one under your arm in a gathered buttery soft material for a cool look. Those looking for a little more structure and pick those puffy pieces that have a more defined handle area or a delicate strap.
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This noticeable detail takes off on the trend of including more natural elements in fashion. Bamboo-fashioned handles add a unique touch to any bag, and make for an interesting textural contrast when paired with leather and satin bags. You can dig through your mother’s closet for a vintage piece or pick up a brand new one to elevate your look.
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Along with other 1970s trends, shimmery, silver metallic bags are also making a popular comeback. They add a touch of disco to your ensemble, whether you’re stepping out for a night on the town or for a round of shopping. The shiny bag is a great way to add some pop to an otherwise causal look.
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Nautical-inspired details are popular in handbags, and this year rope handles are enjoying their time in the sun. Perfect for the summertime, pair these bags with white trousers or your favourite maxi dress and espadrilles for a classic look.
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Wispy, fluttery feathers have found their way onto bags again and we love the way they add a touch of playfulness to any ensemble. They also make for a great statement-making accessory for a night out on the town.
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Practical and roomy these structured bags should make it to your bucket list for 2020. The versions seen on runways tended to be a little extra large, reminding one of gardening pails. Perfect to fit all your essentials and a heck of a lot more.
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Fan the flames
Another structured silhouette making its mark this year is the fan-shaped tote. This bag means business and you can switch out your regular office bag with this one for a sharper look.
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