The fall/ winter 2013-2014 handbag trends mix comfort and functionality with glamour and kind of frivolity, totally bringing out all the charm of this undeniable feminine accessory, which isn’t simply an essential means of carrying things, but also an important attribute of style that creates the perfect, harmonious look. The new cold season brings incredibly unique and stylish handbags, which are a real dream with fantasy. From spacious and practical models to luxury clutches, purses and one-of-a-kind designs, the new fall 2013 fashion trends have the perfect fit for any taste and style. Simply make sure to know how to choose a bag to flatter your figure and pick the best design for a certain mood, event or look. Let’s delve into the wonderful world of handbags and discover the top fall/ winter 2013-2014 handbag trends below!
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Trendy Handbag Colors and Materials: For the new fashion season, famous fashion designers have created a myriad of bag options featuring an abundance of styles, colors, materials, textures and decorations that will please even the most sophisticated fashioniser. Alongside classic black and white colors, bags in brown, beige, gray, various blue shades, dark green, emerald green and red are the hits of the fall 2013 season. Keep in mind that in the new season designers don’t insist on wearing a bag in the same color as your shoes. On the contrary, the advantage is given to contrasting the colors of handbags and shoes (Learn the Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Shoe Trends). Moreover, there are no restrictions in the choice of the bag color also in regard to your clothing. Simply, make sure to pick the perfect style of the bag according to your look. For bag color inspiration, look to Blumarine, Chloé, Loewe, Max Mara, Gucci, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Elie Saab, Fendi and others.
As for the trendiest bag materials for fall 2013, expect to see lots of leather, reptile skins, fur, suede and nubuck. Great attention is paid to quilted bags.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #1: Fur Bags: With the arrival of the cold months, we all expect to see lots of fur, both in the shoes and clothing pieces, as well as handbags. The “most wintery” bags of the new season are fur handbags, featuring piles of hair both short and long in length. Fur bags look elegant, expensive and luxurious. Fur bags in fall 2013 are usually medium in size and feature short handles. Fall 2013 bags are either entirely furry or are elegantly trimmed with fur. As for the colors, think fur bags in natural brown, black, white and gray shades, as well as ones dyed in purple, blue and emerald green. Fur handbags can be found in the fall 2013 collections of Versace, Loewe, Marni, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Nina Ricci, Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, Burberry Prorsum, Peter Som and others.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #2: Reptile Skin Bags: Reptile skins are a big fall 2013 trend both in terms of footwear and bags. Reptile skin bags are an incomparable leader of popularity, when it comes to fall/ winter 2013-2014 trendy handbags. Such bags flatter virtually any style and age of the owner. They do look elegant, feminine and chic. When it comes to the color spectrum, expect to be overwhelmed by purples, greens, blues, reds, browns, blacks and blues. Crocodile or snakeskin bags can be found in the fall 2013 collections of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Reed Krakoff, Chloé, Bottega Veneta, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Giambattista Valli.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #3: Leather Bags: Of course, it’s impossible to imagine bag trends without leather. Leather handbags are trendy this fall too, coming both in genuine leather and glossy patent leather. Such bags can be seen in the new season collections of almost any designer, from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani and Victoria Beckham to Roland Mouret, Elie Saab and others.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #4: Textile Bags: Aside rom leather, reptile skin and fur bags, the new season handbag trends also bring textile bags, featuring soft fabrics or most commonly velvety materials, such as suede and nubuck. Get inspired from the collections of Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani and others.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #5: Decorated Bags: The fall/ winter 2013-2014 handbag trends place a high accent on sophistication and creativeness, which are mostly expressed through interesting textured appliqués, embroidery, rhinestones or other decorative elements. Some of the designers opted for contrasting combinations of different materials too. Such refined bags were spotted at Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Emilio Pucci, Marni, Moschino, Lanvin and Valentino.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #6: Fringed Bags: Another trendy decoration of bags for fall 2013 is the fringe. Either made from thin strips of leather or feathers, fringe adds a cheerful and frivolous mood to fall 2013 bags. If you love this trend, draw inspiration from Emilio Pucci, Nina Ricci and Moschino.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #7: Printed Bags: Although prints in the fall/ winter 2013-2014 handbag trends aren’t used that often, you can still find interesting designs, if you are a fan of printed bags. To this end, expect to see striped, polka dotted, cell patterned, leopard printed, zebra printed, Victorian printed and abstract patterned bags in the fall 2013 collections of Carven, Miu Miu, Prada, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Tsumori Chisato and Dolce & Gabbana.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #8: Metallic Bags: Since the cold season is first of all about the exciting Christmas Eve and the holiday parties, fashion designers didn’t forget to add a festive touch to their fancy bag designs by using lots of metallic colors, like golden. Metallic bags can be found in the cold season collections of Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Paco Rabanne and Ports 1961.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #9: Unique Bags: The fall/ winter 2013-2014 handbag trends bring some wow-worthy unique shapes and designs that will hardly go by unnoticed. For instance, Alexander Wang created double or better to say triple austere bags with short wide handles, while Rochas opted for “scroll” clutches. Moschino Cheap & Chic brings unique bags in the form of electric guitars for rebels, Viktor & Rolf sizzles with the white pomegranate miniature clutch, while Olympia Le-Tan goes totally romantic, creating mini clutch-bags in the forms of houses, hearts or books.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #10: Chained Bags: Bags with chain straps have been trendy for a few successive seasons already and they maintain the same popularity in fall 2013. Chained bags in fall 2013 are usually small elegant clutches, which you can wear to go to the restaurant, theatre or appear in the high society. Such bags can be found in the fall 2013 collections of Chanel, Nina Ricci, Versace or J. Mendel.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #11: Vintage Bags: Vintage is a big fall 2013 trend, so consequently we have the trend of vintage bags in the classic rigid frame shapes that can appeal to both ladylike business women and those in love with the retro style. Such bags were spotted at Balenciaga, Gucci, Mulberry and others.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #12: Trapeze Bags: Trapeze handbags are other cool fall 2013 trendy bags, which are a practical solution for any woman. Standing out with their hard bottom and short handles, trapeze bags can be seen in the fall 2013 bag lines of Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #13: Doctor Bags: Combining masculine and feminine lines and elegant details, doctor bags are definitely one of the most classic and ladylike bag styles of the new season. Many designers used sparkling stones and delicate applications for adorning their doctor bags, while others brought solid designs. Fans of doctor bags this season are Victoria Beckham, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Moschino and Giorgio Armani.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #14: Bowling Bags: The characteristic shape of a bowling bag was defined by fashion designers, who transformed it from a sports accessory to something elegant and glamorous this fall. Ideal to be matched both with casual and elegant outfits, stunning bowling bags can found in the new season collection of Prada and Emporio Armani especially.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #15: Messenger Bags: Messenger bags are among the hottest offerings of the new season. Rectangular and spacious with a long strap, these bags are especially perfect for carrying documents or tablets. 3.1 Phillip Lim offers stunning messenger bags this season.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #16: Briefcase Bags: Bags-briefcases are an indispensable accessory in the wardrobe of a business lady. Strict and elegant, these bags are ideal for carrying important papers and other belongings of a modern woman. Briefcase bags can be seen in the fall 2013 lines of Lanvin, Alexander Wang and Dolce & Gabbana.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #17: Totes (Shopping Bags): Comfortable and roomy, practical totes are an eternal bag trend, which seem to never go out of style. Coming in different colors and styles, totes are trendy this fall too. For inspiration, look to Lacoste, DKNY, Christian Dior and Chloé.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #18: Classic Bags: Of course, the fall/ winter 2013-2014 handbag trends would be incomplete without the classic handbag, which are the best pick for walking out, going shopping or for other occasions. Classic handbags can be seen in the fall 2013 collections of Christian Dior, Blumarine and Victoria Beckham.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #19: Folder Bags: As you already see, many designers have created bags ideal for the office. Among such bags is also the folder bag, which features different materials, colors and embellishments this season. Such comfy and practical bags can be found at Marni, DKNY, Acne and Michael Kors.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #20: Wallet Bags: Do you remember the old wallet bags of your grandmother? If you find one in your house, make sure to carry it this fall, since the retro-style wallet bags are back to fashion. Very feminine and romantic, wallet bags can be seen at Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and others.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #21: Tiny Bags: Who said that bags are only for carrying things? There are pretty cute, decorative tiny bags that will definitely become the zest in your outfit. Such tiny bags and clutches are trendy this fall too thanks to Chanel, Nina Ricci, Jason Wu and Dolce & Gabbana.
Fall/ Winter 2013-2014 Handbag Trend #22: Clutches: Small, sassy and comfortable to wear in the hand, clutches do not leave us this fall either. This year, expect to see elegant clutches ideal for special occasions, as well as ones that can be worn in the street. Decorated, printed, brightly colored or solid, clutches were spotted at Nina Ricci, Chloé, Jason Wu, Lanvin, Acne, Marchesa, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and others’ fashion shows.
In the new cold season, designers aren’t too strict in regard to the ways of wearing handbags. Bottega Veneta and Hermès suggest wearing bags adjusted to belts, while other designers advise carrying bags in hand, on the shoulder or cross the body.
As you can see, the fall/ winter 2013-2014 handbag trends and the ways of wearing them are quite different, perfect for every taste and style. Get inspired from the stunning photos listed above and prepare your wardrobe for the chilly months!
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