The Most Important Handbag Trends of Spring 2021

Lauren Eggertsen
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Sifting through all the glorious newness that the spring and summer runways brought us not too long ago felt like such a breath of fresh air (especially compared to the stuffiness of the same boring sweat outfit I have been wearing on repeat since, oh, I don't know, March last year?). So far, we've reported on the biggest spring trends overall, the biggest accessories trends, and the biggest shoe trends, and today, we're here to hone in a bit tighter and share with you the most important handbag trends of 2021.

At this point, who really knows how often we will be relying on our handbags as much as we used to? But if I know you all like I think I do, it's safe to assume that no matter what the new norm ends up being, buying cute accessories will always sound like a good idea. With that said, ahead you will discover the five spring handbag trends we're guessing we will be seeing everywhere this spring. Featuring designers from Fendi to Hermès, I can guarantee one of the new styles below will get you more than excited for the season ahead.

This new two-dimensional handbag shape is one we are very excited about. Resembling that of a thin paper filing folder, these flat handbags might not be the most practical in terms of storage, but they sure do make for a sleek piece of arm candy.

Pictured: Hermès S/S 21

Pictured: Givenchy S/S 21

Pictured: Jil Sander S/S 21

Shop the trend:

Jil Sander Small Tangle Leather Crossbody Bag (£520)

Oroton Petra Leather Tote (£235)

Gabriela Hearst Leather-Trimmed Cashmere Tote (£1390)

Market totes typically make some sort of appearance come spring, and this season is no exception. Including a variety of netted carryalls made of everything from leather to rope, this handbag trend is certainly one to watch.

Pictured: Fendi S/S 21

Pictured: Rosetta Getty S/S 21

Pictured: Longchamp S/S 21

Shop the trend:

Marni Leather-Trimmed Net Bucket Bag (£780)

Clare v. Sandy (£108)

Longchamp Top Handle Bag Le Pliage Filet Blue (£70)

We saw handbags of all shapes and sizes come down the runway in some of the brightest and boldest hues we've seen in a while. These candy-coloured bags are what you can count on to breathe new life into your wardrobe come spring.

Pictured: Versace S/S 21

Pictured: Fendi S/S 21

Pictured: Chloé S/S 21

Shop the trend:

By Far Baby Amber Croc-Embossed Leather Shoulder Bag (£425)

Ioannes Bento Leather Tote (£410)

Yuzefi Mini Bom (£295)

Thanks to this new handbag trend, you officially never have a reason to use a plastic water bottle ever again. Designers displayed the most forward water bottle holders as bag attachments, their own individual bags, or built into belts. If you're currently looking for the perfect gift for the fashion girl in your life, look no further.

Pictured: Fendi S/S 21

Pictured: Givenchy S/S 21

Pictured: Marine Serre S/S 21

Shop the trend:

Métier Linen and Leather Water Bottle Holder (£325)

Zara Crossbody Bottle Bag (£13)

Officina Del Poggio Bottle Bag (£261)

Got stuff? Then this handbag trend is for you. Extra-large totes proved to reign supreme this spring season and after searching for the perfect pieces to shop out for you here, it was proven that retailers have already jumped on this trend, as the options were truly endless.

Pictured: Jil Sander S/S 21

Pictured: ACNE Studios S/S 21

Pictured: Givenchy S/S 21

Shop the trend:

Mango Handles Shopper Bag (£50)

Bottega Veneta Arco Intrecciato Tote Bag (£1995)

Zara Animal Print Large Crossbody Bag (£50)

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 fashion trends to know.

This post was originally published on an earlier date and has since been updated.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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