Even though not every runway trend makes it to real life (thank goodness), we noticed one from the recently completed Spring 2016 shows that's as close to a sure thing as it gets: tailored flap shoulder bags of all kinds.
This trend has a solid foundation in existing consumer preferences for handbags; now more than ever, Chanel sells its signature flap bags as quickly as it can make them, and one of Fall 2015's biggest trends is 70s-inspired saddle bags, also with flap closures. When you put those two influences together, you get a season full of awesome flap bags on long straps.
This is one of my favorite bag structures because it's so versatile. Most flap bags have at least some structure to them, and couple with a shoulder bag's tendency to be more petite than a satchel, you get bags that are easy to dress up or down, depending on your situational needs. If you tend to dress up, go for a dainty chain strap; if you're more casual, choose something a little bigger and softer.
Because this trend has been building for some time, you don't need to wait six months for Spring 2016's runway bags to hit stores. Below, we've assembled well over a dozen buy-right-now options for your shopping pleasure.
3.1 Phillip Lim Alix Shoulder Bag
$1,050 via Neiman Marcus
Chanel Boy Bag
$4,700 via Chanel
Chloé Hudson Tassel Shoulder Bag
$1,750 via Net-a-Porter
Christian Dior Diorama Shoulder Bag
Shop via Dior
Coach Swagger Small Shoulder Bag
$395 via Coach
Elizabeth and James Charlie Croc-Embossed Shoulder Bag
$595 via Neiman Marcus
Furla Metropolis Bag
$498 via Bloomingdale's
Gucci Padlock Shoulder Bag
$2,190 via Gucci
Hill & Friends Happy Shoulder Bag
$825 via Shopbop
Ivanka Trump Hopewell Flap Shoulder Bag
$250 via Macy's
Longchamp Le Pliage Heritage Large Shoulder Bag
$720 via Bloomingdale's
MICHAEL Michael Kors Bedford Crossbody Bag
$248 via Macy's
Saint Laurent Monogramme Shoulder Bag
$1,490 via Net-a-Porter
The Row Sideby Shoulder Bag
$2,550 via Neiman Marcus
Valentino Leopard Rockstud Calf Hair Bag
$3,645 via Neiman Marcus
Victoria Beckham Money Python Shoulder Bag
$2,310 via Net-a-Porter
Vince Modern V Calf Hair Shoulder Bag
$495 via Bloomingdale's
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