Even though we are, of course, big proponents of buying a brand new bag, sometimes you don’t need a brand new bag. Maybe the budget doesn’t allow for one, maybe you just got a great deal at the recent seasonal sales and you’re set for a while, maybe you just don’t have the itch right now–whatever the reason, it happens to all of us sometimes. If this sounds familiar to you but you’d still like to update your daily accessories for fall, maybe we suggest a bag charm?

Bag charms are sometimes polarizing among our readers, primarily because some of them are extremely expensive, despite being non-functional. That doesn’t have to be the case, though–we had no problem finding nearly two dozen cute, playful options, and many of them have two-digit price tags. That’s the great thing about a bag charm: they don’t have to be serious or expensive, but they can be both or neither, depending on your opinion and personal budget.

In general, even at the high end, these charms are much less of a commitment than a designer bag–if you use it for a season to make an old favorite feel new, you won’t have to feel wasteful if you tuck it back in your closet in a few months in favor of the next thing that catches your fancy. When that bag starts to feel normal, though, your charm will be right where you left it to provide a little extra accent.

Anya Hindmarch Shearling Ghost Coin Purse
$495 via Neiman Marcus


Burberry Thomas Trench Bag Charm
$250 via Nordstrom


Coach Rexy Bag Charm
$150 via Coach


Fendi Fendirumi Micro Monster Charm
$1,500 via Neiman Marcus


Furla Allegra Bear Coin Case
$88 via Shopbop


Givenchy Mink Bag Charm
$420 via Nordstrom


Gucci Bee Bag Charm
$370 via Gucci


Karl Lagerfeld K Kocktail Bag Charm


Kate Spade Cherry Bag Charm
$88 via Nordstrom


KENDALL + KYLIE Bambi Faux Fur Bag Charm
$95 via Neiman Marcus


Lanvin Pom Pom Tassel Bag Charm
$345 via Net-a-Porter


Loewe Elephant Bag Charm
$380 via Nordstrom


MCM Horsey Bag Charm


MICHAEL Michael Kors Fancy Feline Key Fob
$48 via Bloomingdale’s


Prada Cheerleader Robot Bag Charm
$305 via Net-a-Porter


Rebecca Minkoff Perry Bag Charm
$45 via Rebecca Minkoff


Robert Rose Faux Fur Pompom Bag Charm
$18 via Nordstrom


Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Bag Charm
$195 via Shopbop


Sophie Hulme George Feather Bag Charm
$225 via Net-a-Porter


Stella McCartney Falabella Bag Charm
$370 via Neiman Marcus

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6 years ago

Someone please knock some sense into me. I like the Kendall Kylie bag charm, but it also looks oddly familiar.
The Givenchy looks a little ratty.
The former cheerleader in me loves the Prada robot.

6 years ago

Yes, it is sort of a copy of the MCM rabbit charm.

6 years ago

I just can’t get w/this trend! Looks like something for teens :o(

6 years ago

I love bag charms. How could I not? I’ve always loved accessories and they are accessories for an accessory! I started a collection of them several years ago. I am not drawn to the ones that are too cutsie or fluffy I think LV has some nice sophisticated ones, and I have a number of them, Not every handbag needs a charm. I think LV bags are especially well suited to bag charms. I like leather tassels, too, and mini bags as bag charms. In this group, my favorites are the Lanvin gold metal tassel, the Stella McCartney Falabella, and the Gucci bee. I own all three! They are high quality and beautifully made. Thanks for this piece on them!

Jerri R
Jerri R
6 years ago

Stella McCartney one is to die for

Chelsea Girl
Chelsea Girl
6 years ago

I like the Lanvin one (xcept for the price tag), it can dress up about any bag and looks quite grown up enough for me to buy into this trend

6 years ago
Reply to  Chelsea Girl

I agree with you. I love the tassel charm, most of the others look too childish, for me.

6 years ago

All these bag charms are ugly and hideous except for Kate Spade “Cherry” and Lanvin “Tassel”. The rest belong in a mental sanitarium for autistic children—as kids surely made them.

The only keychains and charms I will buy are the ones from Louis Vuitton. They are true pieces of jewelry that can sell and resell at jewelry price. The rest are chesp tourist memorabilia.

6 years ago

The Gucci Bee is a high quality, well made leather piece. I got it because it looks perfect hovering over the flowers on my Gucci Classic Blooms Tote.

6 years ago

Just not a fan — the only bag charms I’ve seen that don’t look overly childish or cheap are from Chanel and a few others from Dior and LV. Fendi bag bugs are nice but the monster one here is overdoing it. Can’t even fathom why someone would even consider using most of these unless they’re an actual child.

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