20 Perfect Bags for Winter

No matter what size bag you like.

By: Sara Tan

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When a new season rolls around, switching out your purse might be the last thing on your to-do list, especially for winter. While it’s easier to figure out how to adjust other parts of your wardrobe—like sneakers to boots, leather jackets to fleece-lined parkas, and baseball caps to knit beanies—handbags aren’t as obvious. Fret not—Bustle has the lowdown on the It purse styles you need for winter 2017, and they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures.

Similar to fall, winter handbags are all about revisiting classic styles, while also having a little more fun. Vintage-inspired silhouettes, mini bags, and bold embellishments are just a few ways you can rock the season’s biggest handbag trends.

A purse is arguably the easiest way to express your sense of style in the winter without having to spend too much money or put too much thought into your look. Unless you’re a major fashionista, all you really need is one style you love and rock it all season long.

Here are 20 It purses to consider adding to your winter wardrobe.


The Furry Accent

Even if it’s a warmer winter than you had hoped for, keep it cozy with a furry accessory.

You won’t be able to stop petting this sweet clutch from TopShop.

The Soft Silhouette

While structured bags are definitely still in, soft, shapeless purses and backpacks are making their way onto the scene for winter, like this buttery leather purse from Genuine People.

Wear this backpack slung over your shoulder or across your body for maximum comfort and chicness.

The Velvet Backpack

The ’90s are not going away anytime soon, so get yourself the mini velvet backpack Cher Horowitz would totally have rocked.

In crushed pink velvet? Yes, please.

The Mini Purse

Miniature purses are still all the rage, and this crossbody version from AllSaints is no exception. You can even detach the strap and make it an evening clutch.

This slim version from Forever 21 will be your go-to all winter.

The Bucket Bag

Good news, bucket bag lovers—this style isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

This vegan leather alternative from Angela Roi, a PETA-approved brand founded by a husband-and-wife duo, is all you need to get you through the cold and windy season.

The Throw-It-All-In-There Tote

Let’s face it—you’re going to need somewhere to store those scarves, gloves, and extra sweater layers during your commute. What better solution than a simple tote?

This large, durable, and chic MRKT tote made of micro leather will be your new go-to.

The Belt Bag

Nearly every It Girl you love has been spotted with a fanny-pack purse this fall, but if you haven’t hopped on the trend, there’s still plenty of time. The laid-back style is still going strong for winter.

This belt bag, designed by Catt Sadler and Lulu Eschelman, features a handmade beaded strap piece made by the girls from the Olmalaika Home in Kenya, and 50 percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Women Like Us Foundation (which supports the Olmalaika Home).

The Super Extra Bag

While minimalist styles will always be in style for winter, don’t be afraid to make a statement with your purse.

Look out for bags with graphic prints, bold or metallic colors, and ornate trimmings.

The Purse Your Mom or Grandma Would’ve Carried

Whether it’s truly vintage or just retro-inspired, handbags with colorful embellishments, embroidery, or feminine touches are a must-have for winter.

Buyer beware: Your mom might ask to borrow your purse.

The Handbag in an Interesting Shape

Whether it’s circular, triangular, or cylindrical (like this artsy bag with an acrylic oyster-shell handle), don’t shy away from unusual shapes.

Embrace the unexpected with a fun, quirky purse.

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