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17 Must-Have Designer Bags for 2023, According to ELLE Editors

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The Luxury Travel Tote

Dior Medium Toujours Bag

Medium Toujours Bag

The Luxury Travel Tote

Dior Medium Toujours Bag

“The Dior Toujours bag is the best expression of Dior’s know-how when it comes to handicraft. After all, ‘toujours’ translates to ‘always’ in French, and it’s destined to be a bag you wear in perpetuity. It comes in three sizes, and the large tan style is the travel bag of my dreams.”—Kevin LeBlanc, fashion associate

Dimensions: Length: 11 inches; depth: 7.5 inches; height: 8.5 inches; handle drop: 4.5–9.5 inches

Colors: Black, Powder Beige, Tan, and Latte

Material: Calfskin leather

The All-Day, Everyday Bag

Gucci 1955 Horsebit Mini Bag

1955 Horsebit Mini Bag

The All-Day, Everyday Bag

Gucci 1955 Horsebit Mini Bag

“Gucci’s 1955 Horsebit Mini Bag begs the question: why mess with a classic? With two different shoulder straps and a surprisingly roomy interior that fits just the essentials (including an iPhone 14), it’s the ultimate wear-all-day accessory…except when it’s raining.”—Claire Stern, digital deputy editor

Dimensions: Length: 8.1 inches; depth: 2 inches; height: 5.7 inches; strap drop: 21.9 inches

Colors: White, Black, and Brown

Material: 100% leather with 100% cotton lining

The Icon

Hermès Togo Birkin 25 Orange

Togo Birkin 25 Orange

The Icon

Hermès Togo Birkin 25 Orange

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An iconic bag named after an even more iconic celebrity, Jane Birkin (RIP). The style has always been a highly sought-after one, given its notoriety. However, with news of the French fashion darling’s passing, the silhouette is sure to see a major resurgence like no other. And if you have it in your means to get one for yourself, consider it the purchase of a lifetime.

Dimensions: Length: 10 inches; depth: 5.25 inches; height: 10.75 inches; handle drop: 2.5 inches

Color: Orange

Material: Leather

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The Barbie-Approved Bag

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière 25

Speedy Bandoulière 25

The Barbie-Approved Bag

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière 25

Louis Vuitton’s Speedy Bandoulière gets a new look for the summer—and I’m thinking this will be the head-turning designer bag to carry anywhere. The quintessential size for everyday occasions, it’ll be the perfect pop of pink (hello, Barbiecore!) to any ensemble.

Dimensions: Length: 9.8 inches; depth: 5.9 inches; height: 7.5 inches; strap drop: 18.3–21.7 inches

Colors: Rose and Beige

Material: Monogram coated canvas

The Celebrity Favorite

Bottega Veneta Medium Andiamo

Medium Andiamo

The Celebrity Favorite

Bottega Veneta Medium Andiamo

If you haven’t familiarized yourself with Bottega’s latest It bag, it’s time to get acquainted. This celebrity-approved tote is perfect for everyday use. And, according to our records, it’s become a favorite designer bag among ELLE readers (like you!) over the past few months.

Dimensions: Length: 12.6 inches; depth: 4.3 inches; height: 9.8 inches; handle drop: 3.5 inches; strap drop: 17.7 inches

Colors: Inkwell, Travertine, Taupe Grey, Fondant, Black, and White

Material: 100% lambskin leather

The Oversized Clutch

Gabriela Hearst Phoebe Foldover with Gold Hardware

Phoebe Foldover with Gold Hardware

The Oversized Clutch

Gabriela Hearst Phoebe Foldover with Gold Hardware

Larger-than-life bags are one of the biggest bag trends of the year. You may already have your oversized tote bags on lock, but what about those clutches that can hold everything you could need while you’re out.

Dimensions: Length: 13 inches; depth: 6 inches; height: 12 inches

Colors: Black and White

Material: 100% lamb leather

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The Fashion Week Staple

Loewe Small Puzzle Bag

Small Puzzle Bag

The Fashion Week Staple

Loewe Small Puzzle Bag

I’ve been admiring this timeless beauty ever since I first saw it sprinkled among fashion week street style photos. There’s something so appealing about the leather paneling, and the fact that it continues to be a popular choice among luxury lovers (and in a variety of colors, I might add), gives me every reason to make the investment.

Dimensions: Length: 9.4 inches; depth: 4.1 inches; height: 6.5 inches; handle drop: 7 centimeters; strap drop: 80.5–11.5 centimeters

Colors: Dark Khaki Green

Material: Calf leather

The Top-Handle Mini

Tory Burch Bon Bon Spazzolato Mini Top-Handle Bag

Bon Bon Spazzolato Mini Top-Handle Bag

The Top-Handle Mini

Tory Burch Bon Bon Spazzolato Mini Top-Handle Bag

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Tory Burch has some seriously good pieces right now. Case in point: this mini top-handle bag (also a style among the best 2023 bag trends). Prepare to wear this every time you go out with your girls.

Dimensions: Length: 7.7 inches; depth: 2.6 inches; height: 4.7 inches; handle drop: 3.5 inches; strap drop: 22.8 inches

Colors: Pink Love, White, and Black

Material: Patent leather

The Throwback

Prada Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon bag

Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon bag

The Throwback

Prada Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon bag

When in doubt, there’s no going wrong with a Prada Re-Nylon bag—particularly in the form of the Re-Edition 2005. Blame it on the resurgence of the best early 2000s fashion trends or the need for a shoulder bag, but I’m seeing this bag everywhere, and in a slough of candy-colored hues at that.

Dimensions: Length: 22 centimeters; depth: 6 centimeters; height: 18 centimeters

Colors: Seven options

Material: Fabric and leather

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The Caramel Carryall

Versace Greca Goddess Embellished Leather Shoulder Bag

Greca Goddess Embellished Leather Shoulder Bag

The Caramel Carryall

Versace Greca Goddess Embellished Leather Shoulder Bag

Remember what I said about top-handle bags? In case you needed any further proof, Versace just launched a new version of its Greca Goddess bag, outfitted with—you guessed it—a top handle. I envision this casually hanging on your wrist or the crook of your arm. And that gold hardware? I’m sold.

Dimensions: Length: 10.6 inches; depth: 2.4 inches; height: 5.9 inches; handle drop: 2.4 inches; strap drop: 40.2 inches

Colors: Caramel

Material: Calf leather

The Everyday Tote

Telfar Vegan Leather Medium Shopping Bag Chocolate

Vegan Leather Medium Shopping Bag Chocolate

The Everyday Tote

Telfar Vegan Leather Medium Shopping Bag Chocolate

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“My Telfar is my go-to work bag. The medium fits everything I need—laptop, notebook, and more, with some room to spare. Thanks to the pair of long straps, I can wear it over my shoulder or as a crossbody to make commuting easier. And it’s sleek enough that I can bring it to evening after-work functions without feeling underdressed. The biggest challenge may be getting your hands on the highly-coveted bag, but with regular drops and at a fairly affordable price range, it’s worth every penny. No wonder everyone from Maiya the Don to Beyoncé keeps name-dropping it.”—Erica Gonzales, senior culture editor

Dimensions: Length: 15 inches; depth: 5 inches; height: 11 inches; handle drop: 5 inches; strap drop: 21 inches

Colors: Chocolate

Material: Vegan leather

The Updated Hobo

Mulberry Small Retwist Hobo

Small Retwist Hobo

The Updated Hobo

Mulberry Small Retwist Hobo

My colleague Meg Donohue and I recently saw this at a preview and we were simply obsessed. Neither of us could get over that twisted handle—or the buckle. And on top of that, the color?! Simply flawless.

Dimensions: Length: 11.5 inches; depth: 5.5 inches; height: 6.75 inches; handle drop: 7.75 inches

Colors: Pigment Blue Matte Smooth Calf & Goat Suede, Black Matte Smooth Calf, Black Matte Smooth Calf & Goat Suede, and Maple Matte Smooth Calf

Material: 50% calf leather, 50% goat leather

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The Shining Star

Paco Rabanne Sparkle Nano Disc Chain Shoulder Bag

Sparkle Nano Disc Chain Shoulder Bag

The Shining Star

Paco Rabanne Sparkle Nano Disc Chain Shoulder Bag

“A paillette Paco Rabanne bag is perfect for any season, especially for those of us whose style sways towards maximalism. It’ll catch the light on sizzling summer days but will also sparkle and shimmer on glamorous winter nights. It might read like a Y2K trend piece, but this bag has been around—and will be around—way longer than any trend.”—Madison Rexroat, fashion and accessories assistant

Dimensions: Length: 4.9 inches; depth: 1 inch; height: 6.3 inches

Colors: N/A

Material: Mirrored discs

The Everyday Chanel

Chanel Chanel 19 Handbag

Chanel 19 Handbag

The Everyday Chanel

Chanel Chanel 19 Handbag

It isn’t a proper roundup of the best designer bags without a little Chanel, right? The luxury house has some of the most iconic handbags on the market—and each of them is equally timeless. That said, if you’re looking for a slightly more modern option, which is also large enough to hold more than your phone or wallet, might I humbly suggest the Chanel 19?

Dimensions: Length: 10.1 inches; depth: 3.5 inches; height: 6.2 inches

Colors: Black, Orange, Pale Blue, White, and Tweed

Material: Leather

The Vacation Bag

Marina Raphael Carina Micro Coral Reef Swarovski® Crystals Bucket Bag

Carina Micro Coral Reef Swarovski® Crystals Bucket Bag

The Vacation Bag

Marina Raphael Carina Micro Coral Reef Swarovski® Crystals Bucket Bag

“Since 2018, Marina Raphael has pushed the boundaries of handbag design by creating functional objets d’art that incorporate fine Italian craftsmanship, eco-conscious materials, and a whole lot of bling. Raphael, a descendent of the Swarovski family, often features glittering crystal motifs on her bags, which have been spotted on the arms of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez. Her latest line is an ode to the ocean, with bucket bags and totes brought to life through red coral crystal applications and detailed embroidery. Raphael was inspired after spending time in the Maldives, where rising water temperatures have resulted in devastating coral bleaching. Part of the proceeds from her new collection will be donated towards supporting the restoration of the coral reefs in the Maldives, according to a press release.”—Rose Minutaglio, senior writer/editor

Dimensions: Length: 5.6 inches; depth: 3.9 inches; height: 11 inches

Colors: Cream Napa and Co

Material: Swarovski crystals and calf leather

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Carrie Bradshaw-Approved

Fendi Baguette NM Bag Zucca Canvas Medium

Baguette NM Bag Zucca Canvas Medium

Carrie Bradshaw-Approved

Fendi Baguette NM Bag Zucca Canvas Medium

“If there’s one thing I know, it’s that Fendi baguettes will never go out of style. Ever. I once loaned one from Vivrelle and was delighted by how practical and functional it was—aside from being the epitome of fashion. If there’s one designer bag I’m keen to invest in, it’s this monogrammed baguette.”—Meg Donohue, associate fashion commerce editor

Dimensions: Length: 10.5 inches; depth: 1.5 inches; height: 5.5 inches; handle drop: 4 inches; strap drop: 15 inches

Colors: Brown

Material: Canvas

Saint Laurent Le 5 a 7 Large Soft Leather Hobo Bag

Le 5 a 7 Large Soft Leather Hobo Bag

Saint Laurent Le 5 a 7 Large Soft Leather Hobo Bag

I love hobo bags—so much that I wrote an entire story on them so you (and I) can shop the best hobo bags of the moment. Of course, you’re here for a reason, which means you’re likely looking for a designer option that is well worth your dollars. Saint Laurent’s offering [pictured here] is perfectly slouchy and will work well as an everyday leather tote.

Dimensions: Length: 11.8 inches; depth: 5.1 inches; height: 12.2 inches; strap drop: 11.8 inches

Colors: Black

Material: Leather with suede lining

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Dale Arden Chong

Dale Arden Chong is the Senior Fashion Commerce Editor at ELLE.com. Previously, she was an editor at MensHealth.com and has written for Who What Wear, GLAMOUR, The Coveteur, and more. She loves fashion, food, and art, among other things—but her greatest love is K-pop idol V of BTS. 

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