Good bags don’t come cheap, and for most consumers, it’s important that a potential purchase is practical and usable for more than just a couple months a year. True, year-round versatility is hard to ask from any particular color, but if you don’t want to carry something dark when it’s warm outside or something inappropriately bright when it’s cold, there’s one way to make sure you don’t go wrong: get a metallic.

Silver, gold and bronze are all versatile shades, and the extra note of shine to their finishes makes the colors even easier to transfer between seasons. I’ve been aware of this versatility for some time, but the silver Mansur Gavriel bucket bag that I started carrying in February and that is currently sitting next to me on this 85-degree day made me appreciate it anew.

Metallics do have a particular risk, of course: if you don’t choose carefully, the wrong kind of shine can make your expensive bag look cheap. To get you started on the right foot, we’ve selected 20 metallic bags that are both versatile and expensive-looking, from a couple hundred bucks to five figures.

3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli Bag
$695 via Barneys

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Anya Hindmarch Smiley Crossbody Bag
$895 via mytheresa.com

Anya-Hindmarch-Smiley-Crossbody-Bag

Balenciaga Metallic City Bag
$1,895 via Neiman Marcus

Balenciaga-Metallic-City-Bag

Botkier Soho Tote
$298 via Bloomingdale’s

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Chloé Nano Drew Bag
$1,250 via Saks

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Christian Dior Lady Dior Crocodile Bag
Price on Request via Dior

Christian-Dior-Lady-Dior-Crocodile-Bag

Coach Swagger Quilted Metallic Satchel
$495 via Coach

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Furla Metropolis Mini Bag
$348 via Bloomingdale’s

Furla-Metropolis-Mini-Bag

Givenchy Lucrezia Mini Bag
$1,785 via FWRD

Givenchy-Lucrezia-Mini-Bag

Givenchy Pandora Box Shoulder Bag
$2,090 via mytheresa.com

Givenchy-Pandora-Box-Shoulder-Bag

Gucci Metallic Soho Tote
$1,650 via Gucci

Gucci-Metallic-Soho-Tote

Kara Metallic Backpack
$223 via SSENSE

Kara-Metallic-Backpack

Lanvin Metallic Crinkled Leather Tote
$1,490 via Neiman Marcus

Lanvin-Metallic-Crinkled-Leather-Tote

Loeffler Randall Baby Rider Bag
$295 via Shopbop

Loeffler-Randall-Baby-Rider-Bag

Maison Margiela Leather Bucket Bag
$1,640 via Shopbop

Maison-Margiela-Leather-Bucket-Bag

Proenza Schouler Tiny Metallic PS1 Bag
$1,575 via Nordstrom

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Ralph Lauren Soft Ricky 27 Bag
$2,950 via Saks

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Saint Laurent Nano Sac de Jour Tote
$2,250 via FWRD

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Stella McCartney Falabella Mini Metallic Tote
$1,135 via mytheresa.com

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Valentino Iridescent Rockstud Trapeze Tote
$2,245 via Neiman Marcus

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Gpc
Gpc
6 years ago

Amanda, what a great selection as I have been thinking about the versatility of a metallic bag. I have a request – I would LOVE to see a PB feature on a selection of day to night bags – I am struggling to find one that truly fits the bill.

Amanda Mull
6 years ago
Reply to  Gpc

Glad you like the list! I’ll definitely put a “day-to-night” post on our to-do list.

Sandy
Sandy
6 years ago

Wow…most metallic bags in the past, no matter the price, looked like someone just painted them with a can of spray paint. I disliked them immensely. The list here however, there are several really great bags. I still would what to see them IRL but it appears there is potential here. The Givenchy bags…and the Saint Laurent…the little Chloe Drew, so nice.

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raymundrockette
6 years ago
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Amanda Mull
6 years ago
Reply to  Sandy

I totally agree–I think metallic finishes have come a long way in the past few seasons, and the look has gotten a lot subtler and more wearable. One of the best ways to achieve that is to combine the metallic finish with some sort of texture, which helps break up the shine a little bit. Several of the bags on this list demonstrate it beautifully!

Mya Wilkes
Mya Wilkes
6 years ago

A metallic bag has been on my list for forever! Lovely set of bags here.

Sofia
Sofia
6 years ago

I have a Chanel jumbo maxi that’s gold with GHW. It’s borderline tacky, but I love it.

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6 years ago
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Stina Sias
Stina Sias
6 years ago

“Inappropriately bright” is my mantra year round! Viva neon!

Passerine
Passerine
6 years ago

My favorite is the Lanvin tote. Earlier this year I looked at the Jimmy Choo Ally shoulder bag in a smoke metallic. On their web site it look like aluminum foil silver, but when you saw it in person it was much smokier and more subtle. I now really wish I’d bought it, because Jimmy Choo is apparently discontinuing the bag. It was a great shoulder bag, easy to wear, well made, and very good quality. I’m sad!

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
6 years ago

I love a metallic bag. I have a fuschia one by Rebecca Minkoff that I love. Personally, I don’t think of bags as being season with the exception of straw bags. The Valentino, Furla, and Givenchy are my favorites. I like the effect of the Stella McCartney, but I don’t like the Falabella bags. It’s also nice to see a wide range of prices.
My one issue with the metallic bags is that the finish rubs off.

Ghi
Ghi
6 years ago

obsessed with this post and metallic bags in general. these bags are gorgeous. I just bought a new metallic/champagne gold Gucci Soho crossbody bag on Monday. makes me feel even better about my purchase!

shopper
shopper
6 years ago

My favorite is the Lanvin. I love metallic but only but inexpensive bags in metallic because it doesn’t wear well. The Lanvin is already distressed so a little more wear would only add to the beauty. (I can’t help it, I’m too practical!)

dela
dela
6 years ago

Great selection all around. During the dying days of eluxury.com, I got a Tod’s metallic patchwork bag for my mom. It is the best metallic I have seen. It is so soft, understated and the pewter color is subtle, and it has aged very well. I do wonder why it has taken other brands so long to master the art of a good metallic bag.

Side Note: The Tod’s bag retailed for $1800 in 2008, and I am happy their prices haven’t outpaced inflation unlike many other brands.

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