Fashion: Essential bag trends for autumn/winter

From biker bags to glittery clutches, there’s something for everyone this season, writes Sam Wylie-Harris...

Hermosa London Hot Pink Velvet Tote Bag, Hermosa
Hermosa London Hot Pink Velvet Tote Bag, Hermosa

IF YOUR idea of handbag heaven is ultra-versatile staples with cool details, this season is for you.

For autumn/winter, bag trends are all about reimagining bold basics – styles you can dress up or down.

Think biker bags, cute fuzzy clutches and supersized shoppers. These are the key trends to know…


Biker bags are back in a big way, and it’s all about small black leather or suede handbags with bold studded detailing.

To really rev up the action, pair your biker bag with a leather jacket, buckled ankle boots and a whole lot of attitude.

MissPap Mini Leather Look Studded Chain Grab Bag, £20 (was £25), Debenhams

River Island Black Suede Studded Clutch Bag, £30 (was £48)


The 90s continue to rule fashion, and that means a whole lot of small, over-the-shoulder handbags. You can pick your favourite style – whether it has flap detailing, a logo to love or a turn-lock fastening.

Plus, gold or silver hardware will elevate any look.

Dune London ‘Dorchester’ Denim Shoulder Bag, £70, Debenhams

River Island Red Bouclé Check Shoulder Bag, £30 (was £39)


When you want to push the envelope for party season, chainmail is always a winner with its high shine and glossy finish.

Look for slouchy over-the-shoulder styles, or metallic clutches with a delicate chain attached.

Reiss Charlotte Chainmail Clutch Bag, £128, Next

Hush Alba Bag in Metallic Blue, £65


Roomy totes are a working wardrobe essential, and this season it’s all about bags with bold typeface and neon colours.

They’re spacious enough to hold everything you need, plus will add a fashionable accent to any outfit.

Radley The Daily Radley Large Ziptop Tote, £229

Hermosa Hot Pink Velvet Tote Bag, £95


If you’re feeling playful, a faux fur bag is for you.

They’re perfect for these colder days, and are a natural bedfellow with teddy coats. Pair yours with fluffy hats, shoes and anything in a soft texture to make you feel warm and snuggly.

Hush Morgan Teddy Bag, £89

George Brown Furry Tote, £20, Asda