As we welcome the new year, we also welcome new trends. These permeate into all walks of life including food, health, beauty, and more. Fresh trends have also banged on the door of handbag styles and designs. Bold and beautiful designs and shapes have been displayed on the fashion runways in Milan, New York, Italy, and London. Some of the best handbags and clutches 2018 pick certain touches form the designs of the past. Others are crafted with fads that are unique to this year.

An overview of the handbag trends of this year

A quick peek into the handbag fads for 2018 show that circular bags are speeding their game for taking the place of rectangular shape. The latest bag shapes also include half-rounds and half-moon bags in addition to circular bags. The circle shape has jumped into the territory of both clutches and handbags.

Thick shoulder straps and belted straps are joining the race with slim belts. Transparent, plastic bags are also adding their share in the handbags vogue. Croc skin and fur are also in. At the same time, the embellishment zone for bags is graced with digital and pop art, graphic designs, and jewel adornments.

An obsession with tassels and fringes is also a prominent aspect of the bag landscape. Also in vogue are basket bags and bucket bags. Color block and pastel colors are reigning in the color realm of handbag designing. All the best handbags and clutches 2018 are crafted to meet these trends.

These changing fads call for a wardrobe update so that you can pair your outfits with the latest handbags and clutches. After all, you are incomplete without purses. Here is a look at the best additions to make to your closet this year:

  1. Fendi Runaway Small Pink Leather Bag

Borrowing from the rectangular shape, this handbag exhibits a well-defined shape with a moderate size. The bag doesn’t fall into the categories of big tote bags or small clutches. Instead, it adopts a moderate size that is perfect for morning, night, and noon.

The small tote bag has a calfskin leather skin along with a shoulder strap and a handle strap. Both of these are detachable so that you can style the bag the way that suits you the best. The new Fendi logo adorns the sides of the strap. Black outlining adds to the grace of the tote bag.

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  1. Matelassé Leather Clutch

The Matelassé Leather Clutch from Mui Mui is a stellar clutch for this year. It is made of Matelassé nappa leather and is designed in three tones of black, white, and yellow. With such a color play, this bag observes the color block trend of the present handbag fashion fads.

The purse has brass-finished metal hardware. The logo is also made of the same brass-finish metal. The bag has a zipper for convenience along with internal satin lining and internal zipped pocket.

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  1. Melie Ming Bag by Louis Vuitton

The melie ming bag is a hobo bag with a fresh twist. Zips on both the sides of the bag add to the fashion-forward look of this handbag. The skin of this bag is the signature monogram canvas of LV.

The bag gains more points with its short shoulder handle and a longer shoulder strap. Both of these are removable, which means that you can style the hobo as you want to. There are four bottom studs under the bag that make certain that your bag does not fall over, as you place it on a tabletop.

  1. Fringe Leather Wristlet

Fringes are part and parcel of the bag trends that are a highlight of this year. So including a bag that obliges such a fad means including a bag in your collection that follows the latest design. The wristlet purse is designed with two side rows that embrace the fringe-tastic trend.

Top these fringes with a leaf charm and you have a perfect clutch to pair with your dress. The bag is made of pure leather, which is another plus point. Since it comes in the color black, you can pair it easily with your attires.

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  1. Coach X Keith Haring Kameratasche

The latest handbag collection for this season by Coach pays homage to the pop artist, Keith Haring. In doing so, it brings forth the color-splashed graffiti and pop art of the 1980s New York. Subsequently, this collection is a hybrid of contemporary designs with pop art and graphic design.

This piece of the collection features a rectangular shape and is made of leather. The bag is designed with a graphic heart on the surface, which speaks volumes about a hip design that you shouldn’t think twice before adding to your bag collection. A long strap provides convenience in styling the bag, hanging loosely on your shoulder. A side tassel also adorns the side of the bag. This adds to the modish look of the bag, as tassels are also in trend.

  1. Gancini Tote Bag

The Spring Summer ’18 collection by Salvatore Ferragamo features fashion-forward handbags that are will melt your heart. This Gancini tote bag in saddle brown is a large sized tote bag. It is clasped by magnetic handles that are made of gold metal.

The tote bag is composed of calfskin with leather lining. It also has a belt-inspired strap that is detachable so that you can carry this bag on your shoulder or wrap your fingers arounds its rounded clasp that is ingrained in the body.

  1. The Pocket Satchel in Alligator

Two more trends that are common in the fashion universe of handbags for this year are thick shoulder straps and croc skin. Both these features are adorning the latest best handbags and clutches. A case in point is this pocket satchel by Burberry. It comes in a variety of colors and features a croc skin along with a thick shoulder strap.

The miniature bag also showcases perfection with its handstitched details. The body and the crossbody strap are exhibit color contrast. A soft nappa leather interior adds to the finishing touch that perfects this mini bag that deserves a place in your handbag collection.

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  1. Guccy Portfolio

This Gucci bag seeks its inspiration from the ancient Florentine books. It is threaded with a metallic gold print that features stars, Guccy in Sega font, and gold frame border. The shape is unique as it picks generously from the leather-bound covers and mimics pages of book.

The bag comes with feline head key that is attached to a long chain. This chain can be adorned as a necklace too.

  1. Tia Fringe Backpack

Backpacks are also in vogue in the present season. This bag pays homage to the backpack trend, as it falls in the backpack category. In addition to this, this backpack plays widely with fringes in its design. Two rows of cascading fringes adorn both the sides of the bag.

There are also gold-toned studs that add to the grace. It is made of Faux-leather and closes with a drawstring.

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  1. Anthropologie Carolena Crossbody Bag

The Carolena crossbody bag is an amazing partner for every woman. It is circular in shape by means of which it aligns with the latest handbag trends. This gives it a place among the best handbags and clutches 2018.

It features a slim belt so that the bag dangles by your side. It is further characterized by dual zip closure and velvet and polyurethane texture.