After a rough few years, no one can blame us for being a bit superstitious when it comes to the fast-approaching next one. That's why, this time around, we're not just crossing our fingers that things will be different. Rather, we're doing everything in our power to start off 2022 with the cleanest slate possible. First up on our pre-NYE refresh: our wardrobes—better yet, our handbag selections.
Ahead of the new year, our fashion editors discussed the handbag trends they're willing to leave behind in 2021 and what they'll quickly replace them with. Think of the latter as a sartorial New Year's resolution, a promise to shed an outdated accessory and try out something new. But unlike most of our standard resolutions, we're confident that this is one goal that will succeed far past January 30.
Ahead, see which handbag styles, from bold party bags to purses that really do go with everything, we're bringing into 2022.
Out: Statement Bags
In: Bags That Go With Everything
"Don't get me wrong. A statement bag has its moments. But when the weather is cold and the layers are abundant, a loud handbag isn't something that I'm all that interested in. Rather, I'm shopping for a purse that goes with everything, meaning that it's probably neutral in color and simple yet sophisticated in style. Mansur Gavriel's Pencil Bag is perfect."
"I was convinced that I needed this nostalgia-inducing pencil-case bag immediately upon looking at it for the first time. I love how it can work for both black-tie occasions and casual, everyday activities."
This chocolate color is a real stunner.
Ain't she a beauty? She's practical, too.
Out: Metallic Bags
In: Classic Clutches
"I recently bought this [clutch] bag and have even surprised myself by how much I've been able to use it. I love how the shape is classic but still a little uncommon and unique, and it's just big enough to fit everything I really need. On the flip side, I happen to own a ton of metallic bags, which I still love but have not felt myself gravitating toward as much recently. Instead, I prefer muted neutrals at the moment."
"A bag can really make or break your look in the winter when you're too bundled to show off the rest of your outfit, which is why I'm leaning into structured shoulder bags. I've been carrying Mansur Gavriel's Candy Bag all fall, and I don't plan on slowing down anytime soon. The roomy shape makes it practical as an everyday bag, and the patent finish feels ultra-polished. On the flip side, I'm not reaching for my slouchier bags as much anymore, as it takes a little more effort for them to feel put-together."
Just think about how much you can fit in this.
Mini but not too mini.
A classy pick.
Out: Mini Bags
In: Mid-Sized Shoulder Bags
"I'll love and swear by mini bags forever, but when it drops below 50°, I'm all about a simple shoulder bag you can throw over your shoulder. I've owned my Staud Moon Bag for a few months now and am high-key obsessed with it—it's my child. I'm thinking about buying it in another color, so it can have a sibling."
Out: Logomania Bags
In: Gently Structured Totes
"I'm not buying into any more logomania bags this year, and instead, I am focusing on timeless style. Quality craftsmanship often speaks louder than words, and that's why I've been eyeing up-and-coming brands that know how to create a work of art. The buttery-soft leather on this Imago-A bag drew me in, and its gently structured shape is exactly what I'm looking for in 2022."
See what she means by work of art?
It's the red interior that makes this bag stand out.
A dusty rose–colored tote? Count us in.
Out: Expensive Designer Bags
In: Simple, Affordable Bags
"I'm all about easy-to-wear pieces these days, so I'm not buying any expensive designer bags right now. To me, they are just too fussy, and I always worry about ruining them when I wear them. Instead, I'm looking for sleek, simple, and affordable bags that I can throw in the back seat of my car and not have to stress about keeping them perfect and scratch-free."
Next year's color of the year, anyone?
Has any celebrity not been seen carrying this bag?
Out: Neutral Bags
In: Party Bags
"I'm ditching neutral handbags until further notice in favor of anything colorful and festive. I've specifically been on the hunt for a fun bag for holiday parties, NYE, and my upcoming birthday. Anything in a metallic colorway or that features embellishments is fair game, but this chain-mail bag from Kara is currently at the top of my list. The size is perfect for evening events, and that trendy chain-link detail makes the bag really stand out."
This is a beautiful purse.
She's ready to party.