IN — UTILITY BAGS
Beyond the belt bag, Shannon Schafer, senior fashion director at Nordstrom, says it’s all about utility in general. “Belt bags, backpacks, and multi-pocketed silhouettes are trending,” says the exec. “Utility bags offer comfort and style.” Try the look by teaming a minimalist fanny over a sleek suit, or lean into the sporty aesthetic with nylon fabrics in retro colors.
IN — VINTAGE-INSPIRED SHAPES
All three buyers also agree that vintage-inspired bags are back. “Heritage classics return with structured silhouettes, flap shoulder bags, and tailored top handles,” says Schafer. “Women are power dressing from head to toe and the tailored bag completes the look.”
IN — GEOMETRIC SHAPES
It might feel natural to reach for a rectangular handbag, but Schafer will convince you to think outside of the box—literally. “Shape shifters are emerging as the newest bag trend,” she says. From circles to trapezes, this style is a whimsical take on the tailored bag. “Their exaggerated, novelty shapes in structured leather create lust-worthy art pieces.” Her favorite brands include Cult Gaia, Mansur Gavriel, and Danse Lente.