Shelagh Macartney of She She Bags shares her top three handbag trends for Spring 2020. 

Belt bag by The Trend.
Footloose and Hands-Free

“These allow you to be on the go with the freedom to embrace every moment,” Macartney says of this style, which includes cross-body bags and belt bags. “People are wearing belt bags differently, in a more stylish way, lower down on their hips.” 

JULY Backpack by Matt & Nat
The Backpack is Here to Stay

An extension of the hands-free trend, backpacks are now a style staple. “Knapsacks are back in and it’s not the ones people used to use to backpack around Europe,” Macartney says. “They can be a stylish choice as a work bag or even a diaper bag. You can wear as a regular backpack or even slung over one arm.”

Cadence convertible crossbody bag by Hobo Bags.
A Pop of Colour

“Leathers are moving away from the safer, traditional hues,” Macartney says. “For the first time in a long time, there is going to be an explosion of bright colours. It’s the citrus tones, kelly green, bright yellow and oranges, but also ocean blue. Use the 80/20 rule, where your outfit is 80-per-cent neutral with 20-per-cent pop. And the bag can be your pop. If you don’t want a big bag in colour, just get a little one.” 

This article is from the March/April 2020 issue of YAM