The 13 Most Popular and Trend-Worthy Handbags of 2021

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Are you looking to add a new handbag to your collection? Chances are, you’re probably considering one of the handbags on this list.

While handbag trends are always changing, they’re a way of spotting a modern classic handbag before it starts to scale up in price. The Prada Re-Edition bags are the perfect example of how ‘trendy’ handbags always come back in style.

What can be a trend today can become a timeless bag tomorrow.

We’re taking a deep dive into the handbag trends that you’re seeing all over your social media feed. These handbags include attainable luxury styles and trend-worthy styles that are worth saving your dollars towards.

1. Prada Re-Nylon Re-Edition 2000 Mini Bag, $895

Everything that is vintage finds its way back in vogue again. Prada was famous for its nylon handbags in the late ‘90s and early 2000s before shifting its focus towards leather handbags and SLGs.

Prada's Re-Edition 2000 bag is made of innovative Re-Nylon, produced from recycled, purified plastic trash collected in the oceanPrada’s Re-Edition 2000 bag is made of innovative Re-Nylon, produced from recycled, purified plastic trash collected in the ocean

Most of the biggest fashion trends of 2021 are looking to this era for inspiration, proving the 20-year cycle of fashion to be right.

The Re-Edition bags are your chance to own a piece of Prada history – without breaking the bank. What we love about the ‘Re-Nylon’ version of the Re-Edition bag is that it uses recycled, purified plastic that is collected from the ocean using fishing nets and textile waste fibers.

The Re-Nylon Re-Edition comes in a variety of colors, from the classic neutrals to cornflower blue and alabaster pinkThe Re-Nylon Re-Edition comes in a variety of colors, from the classic neutrals to cornflower blue and alabaster pink

You’ll get a classic vintage style and an opportunity to jump on the sustainable fashion bandwagon. The Re-Nylon Re-Edition 2000 bag is available in several colors, including alabaster pink, cornflower blue, and desert beige.

With fashion trends pointing to a laidback and casual aesthetic for 2021 and 2022, this bag is the perfect everyday style. It’s a mini bag that will hold more than one credit card and lipstick. The woven tape handle is comfortable for throwing the bag on your shoulder or using it as a top handle.

2. Loewe Basket Bag With Palm Leaf and Calfskin, $490 – $550 at Matches Fashion and Nordstrom

When we think of Loewe, the first thing that pops into our head is their basket bag.

One trend that you guarantee will come around every summer is the traditional basket bag, which Loewe has mastered the art of. Whether you’re heading to the farmer’s market or jetting off to Santorini.

Loewe is known not only for its fine leather goods but also for its basket woven bagsLoewe is known not only for its fine leather goods but also for its basket woven bags

The Loewe basket bag has a classic handwoven body with calfskin top handles, giving you the option to carry on your shoulder or by the top handle.

The embossed Anagram patch gives you a subtle and minimalistic look, with the option to choose personalized charms to add character to your bag.

Available in different sizes, the Loewe basket bag features woven palm leaves with leather trims and an Anagram patchAvailable in different sizes, the Loewe basket bag features woven palm leaves with leather trims and an Anagram patch

This bag is part of Loewe’s rich heritage with the palm leaves braided by artisans on the Mediterranean coast, with this tradition being married with Loewe’s leather at their Spanish ateliers.

You can purchase this bag in three size options, whether you want a petite basket bag or an oversized style that will hold everything you need for travel.

3. Chloe Woody Leather-Trimmed Cotton-Canvas Tote, $790 – $1,050 at Nordstrom, Mytheresa, and Saks Fifth Avenue

Do you like the aesthetic of the Loewe basket bag but want a year-round option? Check out this Chloe cotton-canvas tote that incorporates the brand’s effortlessly chic logo.

Chloe's Woody tote is a practical yet trendy bag made of neutral canvas with leather trims Chloe’s Woody tote is a practical yet trendy bag made of neutral canvas with leather trims

The ‘Woody’ tote is made in Italy using water-resistant cotton canvas for year-round wearability with leather trim and logo-printed webbing. This neutral colorway makes it’s the perfect choice for a capsule closet bag.

The Woody tote features a boxy silhouette and logo-adorned webbing straps The Woody tote features a boxy silhouette and logo-adorned webbing straps

The ‘Woody’ is a seasonless bag that takes its inspiration from the signature Chloe logo ribbon that you’ll receive when you purchase an accessory from the bag. The practical design of the bag means you can comfortably wear it on the shoulder or carry it with its top handle.

This bag will be your new go-to choice for commuting to work, traveling, or even as a diaper bag. It’s an all-in-one tote bag with a timeless aesthetic that makes it an investment-worthy piece.

4. Dior Book Tote, $2,550 – $3,800

The Dior ‘Book’ tote trend is still going strong, with the French fashion house continuing to produce new styles with each collection. It’s an ideal style for all-day use, whether you’re heading to the office or traveling.

The Dior Book tote has become a staple of the Dior aesthetic, adorned with the Christian Dior signature on the frontThe Dior Book tote has become a staple of the Dior aesthetic, adorned with the Christian Dior signature on the front

This Mary Poppins-worthy bag will hold everything from your daily essentials to laptop and other tech accessories.

Designed to hold all the daily essentials, the Book tote comes in several variations, including I Love Paris and leopard-print designsDesigned to hold all the daily essentials, the Book tote comes in several variations, including I Love Paris and leopard-print designs

The Book Tote was created by Maria Grazia Chiuri, encapsulating the fashion house’s casual elegance with various motifs and colors. The ‘oblique embroidery’ style is considered the classic print in the line-up, which also includes the new leopard print and ‘I Love Paris’ styles.

The signature ‘Christian Dior’ logo on the front encapsulates the savoir-faire of the fashion house, with the bag designed for shoulder wear or top-handle carrying.

5. Prada Cleo Bag, $1,835 – $2,740 at Farfetch and Matches Fashion

If the Prada Re-Edition bag doesn’t tickle your fancy, check out the archival-inspired ‘Cleo’ style. This bag has a streamlined and sleek silhouette that made it an instant hit with fans of a minimalistic aesthetic, including influencers and fashion editors.

Prada's Cleo bag has a '90s-inspired look, featuring a sculptural curved silhouette with a logo plaque and a single strapPrada’s Cleo bag has a ’90s-inspired look, featuring a sculptural curved silhouette with a logo plaque and a single strap

The Cleo is another ‘90s-inspired bag that reimagines the trends of the era, giving them a contemporary but timeless feel.

Available in several sizes, the Cleo is a minimalist bag honed from glossy Spazzolato leatherAvailable in several sizes, the Cleo is a minimalist bag honed from glossy Spazzolato leather

The sloped silhouette construction, giving the hobo bag a softer and more elevated look. The Cleo bag is made with brushed leather, a Prada signature that is versatile and durable. You’ll spot the distinctive Prada triangle enamel logo on the bag, giving it an understated look.

The Cleo bag joined the Prada range in Spring/Summer 2021 during the first collection with Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons acting as co-Creative Directors. This bag is already becoming hard to find, making it a must-have for any Prada fan.

6. Balenciaga Hourglass, $995 – $2,490 at Nordstrom, Mytheresa, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Matches Fashion

Balenciaga is back. This ‘Hourglass’ bag takes a classic silhouette and gives it a contemporary update that is subtle, understated, and a modern icon.

The Hourglass bag from Balenciaga takes its name from its sharp structural hourglass silhouetteThe Hourglass bag from Balenciaga takes its name from its sharp structural hourglass silhouette

The ‘B’ buckle gives you a hint of the logomania trend while maintaining a low-key look.

Available in different sizes, you can carry the Balenciaga Hourglass bag in several ways, whether by the top handle or the crossbody strapAvailable in different sizes, you can carry the Balenciaga Hourglass bag in several ways, whether by the top handle or the crossbody strap

The sharp structural curve of the Hourglass bag is a nod towards the tailoring of Balenciaga.

Its concave silhouette reminds us of the archival waistlines that the brand is famous for. You can carry the calf leather bag by its top handle, over the shoulder, or as a crossbody bag.

7. Louis Vuitton Dauphine, $2,210 – $3,800

While canvas bags are synonymous with Louis Vuitton, their design focus is shifting towards leather bags. Although this is true, the most popular and trending styles from the brand continue to be canvas bags.

The Dauphine bag is considered the latest it bag and is updated with a chain strap and a magnetized lockThe Dauphine bag is considered the latest “it” bag and is updated with a chain strap and a magnetized lock

The ‘Dauphine’ was released as part of the fashion house’s 2019 cruise collection and has remained popular ever since.

Aside from the combination of Monogram and Monogram Reverse canvas, the Dauphine bag also comes in the house's Jacquard Since 1854 textile and signature Epi leather Aside from the combination of Monogram and Monogram Reverse canvas, the Dauphine bag also comes in the house’s Jacquard Since 1854 textile and signature Epi leather

The Dauphine bag features the contemporary ‘reversed monogram’ print that updates the vintage-inspired silhouette, adding another neutral tone to the color palette.

Dauphine marries the rich heritage of Louis Vuitton with contemporary motifs, including the chain strap. If you want a Louis Vuitton bag that is both timeless and contemporary, the Dauphine style should be on top of your wishlist.

8. Fendi Baguette 1997, $2,290 – $6,400 at Farfetch

Baguette bags are a staple of early-2000s fashion. You can picture Carrie Bradshaw running down the streets of New York in her Manolos carrying an OG Fendi ‘Baguette’ bag.

The Baguette bag has an under-the-arm design with a logo-detailed magnetic clasp on the front flapThe Baguette bag has an under-the-arm design with a logo-detailed magnetic clasp on the front flap

This mini bag is perfect for wearing on your shoulder or tucking under your arm. While the baguette bag is a classic in the brand’s handbag line-up, they have re-released a number of the styles originally released in 1997.

The Fendi Baguette 1997 bag is given a contemporary feel with a signature FF Vertigo printThe Fendi Baguette 1997 bag is given a contemporary feel with a signature FF Vertigo print

If you’re a fan of vintage bags but want to purchase directly from the brand, the Fendi baguette is the perfect option. You can buy a bag direct from the ‘90s that has all the hallmarks of modern craftsmanship.

The Baguette 1997 features a glazed canvas with the yellow and white FF Vertigo graphic print, complete with FF fastening and yellow enamel detailing.

It’s a re-release of the original Baguette and its signature ‘under the arm’ design. If yellow isn’t your go-to color, you can also find the Fendi Baguette 1997 in a blue hue with a contrasting green interior.

9. Burberry TB Leather Crossbody, $1,190 – $3,090 at Farfetch and Saks Fifth Avenue

Leather crossbody bags are a timeless option that is an ideal investment into your closet. Whether it’s your first designer bag or the hundredth bag, the Burberry ‘TB’ crossbody is one that you want to consider.

The TB Crossbody bag shifts away from the brand's classic check print and instead features the TV monogram logo claspThe TB Crossbody bag shifts away from the brand’s classic check print and instead features the TV monogram logo clasp

It features the British brand’s contemporary ‘TB’ monogram logo clasp that gives you an understated look, shifting away from the classic check print that the brand is synonymous with.

The Burberry TB Crossbody is available in different materials and sizesThe Burberry TB Crossbody is available in different materials and sizes

This structured bag is made with smooth Italian-tanned leather. The small size of the TB crossbody is the most versatile, giving you the option to wear it as a hands-free bag or a clutch.

If you want a slightly more affordable option, you can check out the two-tone canvas and leather style.

10. Gucci Jackie 1961 Small Shoulder Bag, $1,980 – $3,300

One trend that you’ll have spotted throughout this list is that fashion houses are looking into their archives and bringing back some of their most iconic bags.

While Prada and Fendi have looked to ‘90s and early-2000s collections, Gucci has turned to a muse of another era.

The Jackie 1961 shoulder bag is one of Gucci's most recognizable silhouettes, with curved half-moon shape and piston hardware closureThe Jackie 1961 shoulder bag is one of Gucci’s most recognizable silhouettes, with a curved half-moon shape and piston hardware closure

Gucci may not be the first brand that pops to your mind when you think of Jackie Kenndy Onassis, but it was one of her go-to choices after leaving the White House.

The bag was renamed in her honor when it was reintroduced in Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2020 collection with a new take on the historical style.

The archival Jackie 1961 now comes in an array of colors and materialsThe archival Jackie 1961 now comes in an array of colors and materials

The new ‘Jackie’ bag takes the classic and recognizable shape and adds a detachable shoulder strap. This additional strap is attached to the bag with buckle closure, giving it a contemporary twist and extra versatility.

You can find the Jackie bag is understated and minimalistic neutrals or pops of colors – offering something for every handbag collector.

11. Mulberry Alexa Bags, $1,170 – $2,407 at Farfetch

Going back to your roots can be the key to bringing back a brand that is losing momentum and popularity. The ‘Alexa’ bag was one of Mulberry’s most popular styles before its sudden and unexpected retirement.

The Alexa is arguably Mulberry's most popular bag styleThe Alexa is arguably Mulberry’s most popular bag style

With Mulberry trying to regain its popularity and attract a new generation of fashion lovers, it’s no surprise that they decided to relaunch the Alexa bag.

You’ll now find the Alexa in several colorway options, from earth-tone neutrals to limited-edition shades that add a pop of pastel to your closet.

The Mulberry Alexa has been re-released and updated with new limited-edition colors, still featuring the single braided top handle, double-buckle fastening straps, and twist-lock closureThe Mulberry Alexa has been re-released and updated with new limited-edition colors, still featuring the single braided top handle, double-buckle fastening straps, and twist-lock closure

The Alexa was re-released for its 10th anniversary, with an updated style to meet the needs of the contemporary Mulberry fan. Its laidback luxury meets British sensibility with a braided top handle and double strap closure.

This bag is being promoted as a sustainable option, with Mulberry committed to responsibly sourcing their raw materials and improving the sustainability within their supply chain.

The leather used to produce the classic Alexa color options is sourced from Mulberry’s partner tannery in Germany, a member of the Leather Working Group with a Gold Standard rating.

If you missed out on the OG Alexa bag, now is your time to shine.

12. Bottega Veneta Jodie, $1,900 – $6,250 at Mytheresa, Matches Fashion, and Farfetch

If one brand is dominating the 2021 trends, it’s Bottega Veneta.

The Bottega Veneta Jodie boasts the fashion house's signature Intrecciato weaving technique with a knotted handleThe Bottega Veneta Jodie boasts the fashion house’s signature Intrecciato weaving technique with a knotted handle

We could have written a guide on just the must-have Bottega Veneta bags for 2021. Their woven leathers are becoming one of the most recognizable motifs on our Instagram feeds.

An instant hit, you can find the Jodie bag in a series of neutral and seasonal color optionsAn instant hit, you can find the Jodie bag in a series of neutral and seasonal color options

The ‘Jodie’ is a mini knotted-handle bag that reminds us of a miniature hobo bag. This bag flew off the shelves as soon as it appeared in stores, with the green hue becoming an instant hit.

You’ll also find the bag in a series of neutral tones for everyday wearability. The one-sided knot adds a contemporary but classic feel to the bag.

If you find this bag available (or on pre-order!) it’s an instant ‘add to cart’!

13. Bottega Veneta Padded Cassette, $2,990 – $4,100 at Matches Fashion, Mytheresa, and Farfetch

Another Bottega Veneta bag worth adding to our must-have handbags of 2021 is the ‘Padded Cassette’.

Available in several colors, the Bottega Veneta Padded Cassette features the classic Intrecciato design made from wide double-face Nappa stripsAvailable in several colors, the Bottega Veneta Padded Cassette features the classic Intrecciato design made from wide double-face Nappa strips

You have over a dozen color options to choose from, whether you want an earth-tone green or a muted pastel. The padded Intreccio leather crossbody bag is a modern classic for the brand.

For an elevated look, you can find the Padded Casette with a galvanized, hypoallergenic golden-tone chain strapFor an elevated look, you can find the Padded Casette with a galvanized, hypoallergenic golden-tone chain strap

It’s a crossbody bag with a double-face maxi weave with wide double-face Nappa strips in an orthogonal weave. If you want a more elevated version of the bag, you can check out the chain-embellished Cassette.

Which of these must-have 2021 designer handbags will you be adding to your collection?

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