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Summer 2022 handbag trends

summer 2022 handbag trends

Summer 2022 handbag trends from top left: bright bags / small bags / metallic bags / box bag / small square tote / oversize tote / bucket bag / hobo bag aka “Moon Shape” /

The summer 2022 handbag trends are in full swing, and thankfully we have a lot of these bags in our closets! There aren’t any surprises for the summer season when it comes to handbags. We already knew hobo bags, bucket bags, brightly colored bags, small or mini bags, and ’90’s oversized bags were going to be hot for 2022. So, it comes as no surprise that these bags are hot for the summer season. Of course, we can still rock our pouch bags, straw bags, and cross body bags during the summer season, but there are few styles we need to make sure we pull out of our closets, or invest in, for the summer season.

Hobo Bags “Moon Shaped Bags:” OK, we already knew both structured and soft hobo bags were going to be hot throughout 2022, but for some reason, people have started calling them “Moon Shaped Bags” for summer 2022. This could be due to the fact that some designers have really exaggerated the hobo shape on their structured versions, making them into an obvious moon. Or, someone, somewhere, just wanted to update the name. Either way, a moon bag is just a hobo. Pull yours out from your closet if you haven’t already, or invest in a new one. This handbag style is hotter than hot, and it isn’t going anywhere in the near future.

Oversized Bag: Did you have a bag in the early 2000’s and late ’90’s that could fit the kitchen sink inside? Pull it out from the back of your closet. Vintage oversized bags are hot right now. If you don’t already have one, or desire something new, this is the upcoming trend in handbags. I have my eye on that chocolate brown beauty in the collage!

Bright bags: Not all your bags need to be neutral. Find a brightly colored bag for the summer and enjoy rocking it.

Bucket bag: Many bags this summer season look like a pail. You can go the trendy pail route or stick with a classic bucket bag such as the beauty pictured above. Either way, buckets are hot right now.

Box bags: Here is something classic yet new on the handbag trend scene! You’ve likely seen box bags forever, but for summer 2022 they are building momentum as a hot trend. This is a classic style you can feel confident in investing in since after the trend, the bag will still be relevant as a classic style. Look for square styles which are small or medium in size and offer a shoulder strap, not cross body. I would stick to a neutral hue in this style since it is classic. This will give your new bag longevity.

Metallic bags: Gold, silver, bronze, pewter, and even shiny colors are hot for summer. While gold bags are the hottest of the bunch, go for a color that works well with your wardrobe. I am eyeing that pewter bag pictured above.

Square tote: The square tote is still hot! Keep rocking yours or invest in a new one for summer. It’s a great way to carry a small bag which still fits a lot of items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and a water bottle; everything we need on a hot summer day.

Straw bags: Although not pictured, straw bags are hot this summer season. Try investing in a classic straw bag, or go for a new, trendy style. Either way, they are refreshing for the summer season.

Pouch bags: Also, not pictured, pouch bags are still hot! Keep rocking your pouch, whether large or small. It’s a hot IT bag right now!

Small and mini bags: Small and mini bags, especially cross body, are still hot. Keep rocking yours and invest in a new one if you need a refresh for summer. Look for a fun color or metallic hue. Have fun with your mini bag!

What is your favorite style for the summer season? Are you investing in a new bag, or shopping your closet this season?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Bottega Veneta loop bag mini review

bottega veneta loop bag mini review

Bottega Veneta Loop mini bag wearing: gemstone bracelets (under $50, local designer) / Bottega Veneta Loop bag mini / spring nail polish / blazer vest / white layering tee / dark wash jeans /

How cute is this everyday bag! I love a small, cross body bag I can wear everywhere from the gym, to the market, to a luncheon, and out to dinner. This bag is that go-to handbag! Love!

The Bottega Veneta loop bag is a fabulous handbag to wear on a daily basis. It can be worn cross body or over the shoulder, and it comes in a variety of colors. I chose Parakeet, also known on the street as “Bottega Green.” This is the hue considered Bottega Veneta’s signature color. I love a signature color! I mean, who doesn’t love Tiffany Blue or Louboutin Red? I’m here for Bottega Green!

There are several size choices for the Bottega Veneta Loop bag as well as colors. I chose the smallest size, which is the mini. I wanted a bag which was minimal and just large enough to carry my essentials. The mini loop holds my wallet, iPhone, lipstick, keys, and I have just enough room for some Kleenex, if need be; after all, it is allergy season right now!

What fits inside Bottega Veneta mini loop handbag

What I love about the Bottega Veneta Loop bag in mini is that it is a no fuss, carefree bag. I just throw it on and go! The leather is soft to the touch, yet strong for everyday wear. This bright green hue makes the bag fun, and adds a little spice to everyday wear. I love a bag which brightens up my day!

While the mini size is perfect for everyday use, I can see how someone might prefer the small, medium or large size. I highly recommend choosing the size which is right for you. This is a classic, everyday bag which you will have forever. My mom has a very similar version which she purchased in the 1980s and it is still a workhorse. Her bag is navy blue, and it still looks new! She gets a ton of compliments every time she wears it. This is when you know a designer handbag is a good investment. It can withstand the test of time and still look modern years, if not decades, later.

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I really love my Bottega Loop mini bag, so I would love to invest in another one in the future. Perhaps next time I will pick one up in a neutral color, and a different size, just to mix things up. For now, I love having a piece in Parakeet, aka “Bottega Green,” and the size is perfect for my everyday life.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

bottega veneta mini loop review

Balenciaga Hourglass top handle bag review

balenciaga hourglass top handle bag review
balenciaga hourglass satchel top handle small satchel lady bag

Pictured: Balenciaga Hourglass top handle bag in small /

Balenciaga is having a moment, and it’s more of a grown-up moment than back in the day when the moto bag was all the rage. This time around, Balenciaga is sophisticated, tailored, and offering us a handbag with classic and avant-garde fused together into a design that is both fabulous and practical. Say what???? Yes, yes, I put fabulous and practical in one sentence about that same bag. Let’s dive in…

This structured little handbag was debuted by Balenciaga a few seasons ago, and handbag fans such as celebrities, Bravolebrities, street style stars, and style setters around the globe took notice. Slowly, we have started to see this little bag pop up on television, street style photos, and around town on the streets. This is the emerging IT bag of the moment, and I am here for it!

Balenciaga is giving us a few versions of the Hourglass bag to choose from. This top handle satchel version comes in micro-mini (nano), small, and medium. I purchased the small which is just the right size for me to rock the small bag trend without sacrificing internal capacity. There is also a wallet-on-a-chain version which is also popular, and available in both classic and trendy hues. I had a hard time choosing between the two styles, but ultimately went with the top handle because I felt like the wallet-on-a-chain was too similar to other bags I currently have on rotation.

I love the Balenciaga Hourglass top handle bag because it can be worn in a few different ways; offering versatility. The strap is detachable, so it can be worn as a satchel on the forearm or handheld. With the strap, it can be worn as a cross-body bag or shoulder bag. I notice most people wear it as a shoulder bag.

The Balanciaga Hourglass top handle bag in small offers a magnetic closure, opera ticket pocket on the backside (this pocket does not fit a phone-it’s good for receipts and tickets), there is a zipper pocket inside the bag, and I can fit my wallet, iPhone, lipstick, and keys inside. Sunglasses or glasses do not fit inside with these items present. Remember, I purchased the small. If you want to fit more inside, consider the medium size version of the Hourglass bag. The dimensions for the small size are 8.75″ x 6.25″ x 4″.

The stamped croc gives the bag a luxurious and dressy look which I love. It’s a nice contrast to the smooth leather, soft leather, and polished leather we are seeing from other designers. Of course, stamped exotic is a huge trend in 2022, so this fits right in, and yes, other designers are stamping their leather with exotics too. That being said, stamped exotic is timeless anyway, so trend or no trend, it’s always in fashion. Love that!

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I’m excited about this no-fuss, structured bag from Balenciaga. It is a nice contrast to the hobo trend which is hot right now. When you are not in the mood for a hobo, this is your bag!

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for my 2022 IT bag trend report coming up next week!

XOXO
Cathy

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