24 Designer Bucket Bags That Split the Difference Between Fashionable and Practical

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Last Updated
Jul 14, 2022

Wallet, keys, phone, lip gloss—check. Before you reach for your same-old, same-old shoulder bag, it’s about time to upgrade your catchall situation. Arguably the most practical of all handbags (you’d be hard-pressed to find something that doesn't fit inside its roomy interior), the classic bucket bag is the seasonless toting option that every fashion person’s lineup needs. Since it first crossed over to the mainstream several years ago, the classic shape has gotten some fresh updates (think: miniature sizing, refreshing textures, and interchangeable straps), ensuring that there’s a silhouette for every occasion.

Where Did the Bucket Bag Originate?

But first, a quick history lesson. In 1932, Louis Vuitton created one of the first bucket bags with the release of the Noé bag. Conceived by the designer’s grandson, Gaston-Louis Vuitton, it was originally intended as a stylish, yet sturdy method for transporting five bottles of champagne (he read our minds). Years later, it’d gain mainstream popularity for its utilitarian feel and unique look, standing out alongside Chanel flap bags and Gucci hobo bags. Whether you’re looking for a bag to carry all of your sundry items, or a means of keeping your rosé close to the vest, the piece is sure to suit your lifestyle and integrate seamlessly with your wardrobe.

Check out a few of our favorite picks, along with our tips on how to wear this accessory staple this year.

1. Canvas Bucket Bag

While the most casual of the group, this durable spin on the bucket bag is still high on style. We’re obsessed with the leather trim on the Jil Sander Small Canvas Drawstring Crossbody Bag, which situaties the silhouette for day-to-night wear. Love a good logo? The YSL Monogram Canvas Bucket Bag screams Sunday brunch with friends. Just add your favorite white button down, high waist denim and go-to sneakers.

2. Mini Bucket Bag

Consider it the bucket bag’s younger and, dare we say, cooler sister. Small in size, but big in style, these mini bucket bags have just enough space for all the necessities. That said, you’re going to want to save a little space in your back pocket for your phone. Elevate any look with the Oroton Ember Bucket Bag—the gold hardware detailing and petite shape give it a high fashion vibe with edge. Looking for a bit more texture? The Hyer Good’s Mini Bucket Bag is made from an embossed croc material that will go with pretty much everything in your closet.

3. Suede Bucket Bag

We love the feel of a good suede—and when it comes in a bucket bag shape, even better. The ability for suede to easily go from casual to next level makes these bags extra special without even trying. Mettier’s Perriand Mini comes in seven different shades, and the braided handle serves as the cherry on top of an already perfect bag. In need of color? Do yourself a favor and grab the Kooples Nano Tina Suede Bucket Bag ASAP, and style it with a floral skirt and a chiffon blouse.

4. Straw Bucket Bag

We’re holding onto summer—and in doing so, we’re planning to take this warm-weather texture right into fall. The ultimate beach-ready catchall, straw bucket bags play the perfect complement to flowy dresses, stylish sandals and sun-kissed skin. The Saint Laurent Medium Panier Straw Tote would be great paired with wide leg linen pants, your favorite two-piece and an open button down on top. See you at the pool!

5. Leather Bucket Bag

Forever a classic. If you’re a bucket bag newbie, you can’t go wrong with a classic leather style. Easy to wear and an instant wardrobe staple, Isabel Marant’s Leather Bucket Bag comes in a rich dark green hue that can work as a neutral. Style it with an easy pair of blue jeans and a black leather trench coat come fall. From work to weekend and everything in between, a leather bucket bag will always “carry” you through. See what we did there?

6. Evening Bucket Bags

Anyone who’s ever left their evening clutch in a taxi (been there, done that) has learned the hard way that your after-hours handbag needs to come with a practical handle. Luckily, bucket bags are equipped with evening-ready finishes too—whether you gravitate towards sequins or if satin and pearls are your thing. Have a black tie event on your calendar? Pop the Jimmy Choo Bon Bon Satin Embellished Drawstring Bag against a stunning black dress. The fuschia hue and chain link strap are two ways to say you have arrived, without saying you have arrived.

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