One of the major problems I seem to run into when creating our Gift Guides is that my list of wants grows exponentially as I hunt down the best handbag finds on the web. The focus of this guide are trendy bags. There are two types of trendy: wear-once pieces, and fun, yet wearable pieces.

I focused on the latter. These nine bags have all the right touches of current trends while still being great wardrobe staples. From colorblocking, to buckle detailing, to chunky hardware, if you are looking for a trendy bag for yourself or someone on your list our guide will have your answer:

Alexander Wang Kirsten Suede Tote | Price is $661.50 via ShopBop

A funky take on the classic black suede satchel, Alexander Wang spices the design up with buckle strap detailing all over the outside of the bag. Best part is this bag is currently marked down 30%.

Yves Saint Laurent Muse Two Small Tote | Price is $1,895 via Net-A-Porter

The Muse Two from Yves Saint Laurent could easily be put on our Classic Handbags gift guide, but I opted to go for the bold colorblocked version and include it in our Trendy guide. The red, navy, and sand leather will work with blacks and browns and can easily be dressed up or down.

Valentino Rockstud Leather Tote | Price is $2,895 via Net-A-Porter

Valentino decided to take a stab at slice of luxury purse buyers that love structure and class but have a punk rock side as well. I have always adored the shape of this tote and the studding is done just-right.

Givenchy Tricolor Medium Antigona Duffel | Price is $2,410 via Barneys

A great everyday bag, the colorblocking on this Givenchy bag is slight enough that you can wear it for years to come but adds a nicer touch than a simple single colored bag.

Prada Madras Shoulder Bag | Price is $1,670 via Saks

This Prada bag caught my attention because of its mod black plexi hardware. The black goatskin is offset with a coral hue on the front flap.

Chloe Sally Medium Shoulder Bag | Price is $1,995 via Saks

While there is a cloud and black version, the emerald option for this Chloe bag got my heart going pitter patter. Tranquil hues of blue and green adorn this bag that is ideal to sling over your shoulder and get on the go.

Gucci Soho Large Python Hobo Bag | Price is $3,900 via Saks

Python is always trendy, but this year it has been all the rage. Instead of a natural finish, I love how Gucci amped up the aesthetic appeal of this otherwise classic hobo with purple and blue touches.

Theyskens’ Theory Anen Mini Flap Bag | Price is $325 via ShopBop

You have to check out this bag for the crossed strap details! Leave it to Theyskens’ Theory to design a holster like finish to an otherwise simple flap bag. Save this bag for spring and summer to show the linen body accented by patent leather trim.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bob’s Memphis Trip Shoulder Bag | Price is $298 via Saks

This bag is fun, young, and totally rocking the colorblocking trend. Marc Jacobs designed a bag that is big enough for day and small enough for night, in two colorways that are just right.

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  • lintmag

    Some of these seem trendy – neon, colored snake, lots of studs – but others seem like lasting things. The Givenchy and YSL seem like they’d be good for ages.

    • That was actually the hope – to find bags with on-trend touches that are still classic and have a timeless appeal!

  • Bir

    Hmmm wonderful selection I tend to like the more long lasting classics but still some of the newer “trendy” examples are very attractive.

  • Rashida

    I like the Givenchy bag but I agree with the comment that some of the bags are trendy. I want a timeless bag that has longevity for Christmas not a fad.

  • J Umm

    i love the givenchy, i reckon is will become a classic

  • Blaine

    So here’s the thing. It’s Christmas. Christmas isn’t birthday-time. It isn’t fun frolicky Easter. It isn’t a Hamptons Summer. It’s traditional. Whatever “new” thing they do to try to sell us on at Christmastime will have to hearken strongly back to tradition. I’m not throwin’ down cash at Christmastime to buy my fashionable hard-working niece something trendy. Ever. Never. This time of year I will spend, but only on something on people I really truly admire, love, and who I know will be saying twenty years from now “do you see this purse? I still carry it – it was a Christmas gift from my aunt.” Birthdays are for trends. Christmas is different.

    • Alexandra Davidoff

      Christmas isn’t the time for being bitter either.

  • Haute

    I love the Chloe Sally Medium Shoulder Bag! The colour is terrific and would accent many different outfits perfectly!!

  • PhotoGirl

    I seriously covet that Valentino bag. Sigh…

  • Nadine Devereux

    The colorful bags are great – depending on season. Mixing your wardrobe with “trendy” colors is ideal but basics will get more use in the end.
    Basics though not need be boring.
    Nadine Devereux Imports.

  • Elyse Greenberg

    I’m wishing that the “Muse” would just magically show up under the christmas tree

  • Shirley J

    i love all!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mari

    I find that Givenchy so stunning!!!

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    Theyskens’ Theory and Marc by Marc Jacobs – both beautiful without breaking the budget.

  • Jennie

    The A. Wang Kirsten tote is on my list! I don’t think its that trendy but that might just be me.

  • camilla

    The Valentino rockstud leather tote (which I saw live )is stunning

  • leslie

    Love the YSL bag. Even with colorblocking the colors are classic!

  • GG

    Love the Gucci!