In A Bag Rut? Here’s 10 Handbag Swaps To Strongly Consider

By Alyssa Coscarelli

Many of us have been waiting for the moment to swap out our summer staples for sweaters, long-sleeve shirts, and wool trousers. There’s nothing better than starting the season off fresh and feeling like you have a whole new wardrobe just by rotating some pieces out for others.

While most people probably think their bag is the one item that can work all year ’round (and it definitely can), sometimes it can also be the missing key that can give your entire closet new life. Over the past couple of years, a few silhouettes have really become our go-tos — think: the buckets and baskets that have been everywhere you look. But for fall, it’s time to switch things up. And we’re not saying it’s time to kick your old reliables to the curb — we just want to highlight a few new shapes and styles worth taking for a spin.

Click on for a few easy seasonal swaps to strongly consider. One of these might just be the thing your new-and-improved fall aesthetic is missing.

Out with… Basket bags
In with… Acrylic clutches

If you’ve been owning the Jane Birkin look all summer long, it’s time give it new life with a more seasonally-appropriate texture — like this acrylic version.

Cult Gaia, $300, available at Moda Operandi

Out with… Canvas totes
In with… On-trend doctor bags

We love this fresh, roomy silhouette for everyday wear, especially since it can totally fit your iPad and some gym clothes and still look like a million bucks.

Tibi, $1250, available at Tibi

Out with… Minibags
In with… Micro -minibags

Okay, hear us out. We know the minibag trend isn’t the most practical, but we still love the idea of the microminis we’re starting to see pop up everywhere. Sometimes, all you need is your phone and your credit card, and that’s where this works perfectly.

Zara, $19.89, available at Zara

Out with… Crossbodys
In with… Belt bags

Two words: Hands. Free. Plus, you can wear them in so many different ways.

Urban Outfitters, $34, available at Urban Outfitters

Out with… Wristlets
In with… Fancy pouches

If you’re fond of convenient little bags that hang from your wrist, try one of Attico’s signature pouches that can easily go from day to night.

Attico, $365, available at MatchesFashion.com

Out with… Classic shoulder bags
In with…: Scarf-strap carryalls

An easy way to make a classic bag feel way more interesting (and you can totally D.I.Y. it, too).

Mango, $69.98, available at Mango

Out with… Box bags
In with… Circle bags

If you love the vintage look of a box bag, you’ll love the circle version even more. And this one has a removable strap, which is a plus.

Freya, $590, available at Freya

Out with… Top-handle bags
In with… Lady bags

This clean, minimalist style is as classic as it is photogenic.

Stylenanda, $150, available at Stylenanda

Out with… Evening clutches
In with… Ring handles

Sparkly, bedazzled plastic boxes aren’t exactly necessary (and they aren’t any fun to carry under your armpit all night, either). Try this little ring-handle guy, which sits nicely on your wrist and looks good doing it.

Simon Miller, $390, available at Opening Ceremony

Out with… Drawstring bucket bags
In with… The more modern version

We’ve seen the allure of the Mansur Gavriel-esque drawstring bucket. This season, lean towards a more contemporary version, like this woven variation by Vasic.

Vasic, $390, available at Roztayger

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