Chasing the bag? Do it in style with the 5 must-have bags this season.

Marie Claire Nigeria must have bags

There will always be bag trends, but how often do you hastily pick a bag for your outfit, thinking, “This one will do”? Mostly the last detail considered while ensembling your outfit, a bag can be the game-changer to your look. If you’ve been there, bags may seem to be predominantly functional or sometimes an almost burdensome addition. Veritable fashionistas know they could be so much more.

Beyond the functionality, there is a thrilling world filled with bags in varied shapes, meticulously matched for each ensemble. Bags are more than just accessories – they’re a statement of style and individuality. These style companions offer a touch of confidence and versatility that transcends their utilitarian role.

Across runways, a consistent trend showcased is the creative designs of this season’s hottest bags. In today’s fashion landscape, embracing a variety of bag types isn’t just a savvy choice; it is a secret to diversifying your style, elevating your outfits, and an expression of panache.

Choosing the right bags

The uncanny ability to ingeniously match the right bag for different occasions is nothing short of transformative. Sometimes, I think it’s a superpower bestowed upon the most stylish women by the fashion gods, but I digress. The artistic impression of a bag design is an intricate creation that considers unique details, colours, and shapes, made with quality materials with a blend of tradition and modernity.

Understanding which bag suits a specific outfit is an incredible asset in styling and an indication that you are always impeccably dressed. From casual crossbody bags for brunch to an elegant clutch for a formal soirée, the right bag will have you feeling poised and composed.

It elevates a basic look into a captivating fashion statement.

Practicality also plays a pivotal role. The ideal bag complements your style and serves a purpose, ensuring you’re ready for any event and enhancing your self-confidence

In this article, we are delving into this season’s trendiest bags. Join us as we uncover how these stylish accessories have become staples, gracing not just international runways but also the wardrobes of fashion-conscious individuals.

Clutch style
Asiyami Gold (Image credit: Asiyami Gold via Instagram)

Clutch it up 

Clutches are handy, strapless bags that come in versatile shapes and sizes. They are crafted from an array of luxurious materials, not limited to leather, silk, and velvet, often featuring intricate embellishments such as embroidery, sequins or/beading.

Clutches are great evening bags that shine at formal events, weddings, galas, and cocktail parties. They complement evening gowns or tailored suits. We saw them grace the fall/winter 2023 runway shows of Miu Miu styled with tweed coats, Ferragamo styled with black high-waist leggings, and a black tank top.

To achieve a tasteful daytime look, pair an oversized clutch in a bright or solid colour with a simple summer dress. Finish the look with heels or sneakers for a fabulous athleisure ensemble.

Match a brown clutch, a floor-length dress, cut-out details, and strappy sandals. Alternatively, carry a beaded clutch with loose-fit denim pants and a blazer for a glam daytime look.

Bucket bag- Marie Claire Nigeria must have bags
Mimi Onalaja (Image credit: Mimi Onalaja via Instagram)

It’s in the bucket. 

An interesting bag design, bucket bags boast a structured shape that’s fun and distinctive.
These bags typically feature a drawstring or zip-top closure in various sizes, ranging from mini to oversized.

Bucket bags are remarkably versatile and suitable for everyday wear. They can be effortlessly dressed up or down, making them ideal for casual outings and semi-formal occasions.

The FW 23 runway featured stunning designs from Hermes FW 23 and Bottega Veneta styled with a maxi gown and a short dress with matching knee-high boots.

Embrace a timeless look with a medium-sized leather bucket bag worn crossbody, complemented by a white blouse, high-waisted jeans, and heeled sandals or flat shoes. You can opt for a pair of co-ord short sets paired with mules or sneakers to pair with your bucket bag. Perfect for the beach, go for a woven bucket bag paired with a flowy maxi dress and sandals.

Crossbody bag- Marie Claire Nigeria must have bags
Jariatu Danita (Image credit: Jariatu Danita  via Instagram)

The cross-body bag

A practical, hands-free design, crossbody bags are a hit right from the start. These bags come with a long strap designed to be worn across the body and in various sizes, from compact to roomy.

The cross-body bag is excellent for busy days, travel, or casual outings. Their comfort and versatility make them a staple in contemporary fashion, as seen with the Marc Jacobs’ Marc Jacobs Small Pillow Leather Crossbody Bag and Alaïa Le Papa Crossbody Bag.

Pair a small leather cross-body bag with a tailored blazer, denim pants or skirt, and loafers for a hot street-style look. Keep your travel style uber chic with a larger cross-body bag to carry essentials on a loungewear set and sneakers. You need your hands free while running errands. Wear your crossbody bag with shorts, a white T-shirt and a baseball cap.

Top handle bag
Miss Bantu (Image credit: Miss Bantu via Instagram)

Handle bags are everything. 

Top-handle bags make a statement with their structural designs. Created as a single piece, they come in various sturdy shapes, adding a touch of opulence to any outfit. With boisterous and sophisticated frames, it’s not surprising to see the girls loving the JW pei abacus bag, Chanel’s classic Flap bag and the 3D-printed Gnastiy shoulder bag.

Elevate a classic little black dress with a colourful statement top handle bag, pearl accessories, and stiletto heels for an understated glam ensemble. Pair a medium-sized metallic top-handle bag with tailored trousers, a silk blouse, and ballet flats for daytime elegance.

Mini bag
Ini Dimma (Image credit: Ini Dimma via Instagram)

Mini bags are in!

If you don’t get the appeal of a mini bag, I am judging you subtly. Mini bags became a fashion statement in the late 20th century, symbolising minimalism in the fast-paced fashion world. Designed to hold just the essentials like your lipstick or a credit card, they come in various shapes and styles, elevating your accessorising to minimally outstanding heights.

Valentino’s Loco micro bags and Jacquemus Le Chiquito Moyen mini gave the most stylish street style looks of their own moment. We also spotted the cutest mini bags on Jacquemus’ fall RTW runway.

Style your dress with a statement mini bag featuring bold embellishments or metallic finishes for a fun night out. An illustrious daytime look will have you in chic pants and a statement top or jumpsuit complemented with a neutral-toned mini bag.

With exceptional styling, a good bag effortlessly amplifies your fashion choices. Whether you’re aiming for classic sophistication, casual chic, or a touch of playfulness, your choice of bag makes a world of difference in curating a flattering look.

Marie Claire Nigeria must have bags
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  • Omotola Saba

    Hi, Omotola here, the human form of the 100 Emoji and the fashion and beauty writer at Marie Claire Nigeria. She started writing for fun and merged it with her love for fashion, and beauty. She's mostly at home, picking up yet another new hobby, scrolling through pinterest, laughing with her family or at dad jokes, or sleeping.

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