The 17 Best Designer Bags of 2022 to Invest in Now and Love Forever

Add a timeless, luxury carryall to your collection.
Last Updated
Nov 11, 2022

A great designer handbag is one of the best investments you can make. Once you find a staple bag to add to your wardrobe, it can instantly update everything from downtime denim to more formal attire and will quickly become the most frequently used accessory in your daily rotation. 

The beauty of a standout designer bag is that it's innately versatile, so you never have to worry about how to style it. This is all the more reason to add an investment bag to your collection—it’s the ultimate go-to accessory, no matter your personal style

From retro-reissues like Dior’s John Galliano-designed saddle bag to classics like Chanel’s ’19 Maxi Flap Bag and Gucci’s 1955 Horsebit Bag, our guide to the best designer bags of 2022 is anchored by the very best pieces to invest in now. These must-have designer items will carry you through the seasons and instantly upgrade your look.

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The Most Iconic Designer Bags

Timeless, classic, iconic. Carried by everyone from first ladies and actresses to heiresses, the investment bag is an item some people spend their whole lives pursuing. Between Hermès’ Birkin, Chanel’s 2.55, Classic Flap, and Dior's Lady Bag you’re sure to find an investment bag that speaks to you—albeit, some come with far heftier price tags than others. In fact, Birkins (named after Jane Birkin, of course) can reach a price of more than $200,000, while Chanel’s classic flap continues to rise in price each year. These bags all tend to appreciate in value, hence their status as investment-worthy works of art.

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The Retro Revivals

Whether from the ’90s or even ’00s, there seems to be a retro-style bag from everyone’s brand of choice in the middle of a comeback. Gucci’s Jackie bag from 1961 quickly became an “it” girl staple for both men and women. The nylon mini-bags Prada prides itself on were remnants of a bygone era until they started popping up on the arms of every celebrity and influencer in recent seasons. We’re just waiting to see which old it-bag makes a revival next.

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The Logomania Designer Bags

An archival iteration revived by one of fashion’s most eccentric and revered brands, Gucci’s 1955 Horsebit Small Shoulder Bag initially appeared at Gucci’s Resort 2020 show as a reference to the House’s archives from the ’50s. However, not all heavily logoed bags take cues from their respective houses’ past. One only needs to look at pieces like Chloé’s Woody Striped Canvas tote to see that although logomania may be less in-your-face than it has been in previous years, it’s still thriving.

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The Clutch

​​Clutches may not be the most practical option, but they make for the perfect accessory. The Pouch bag by Bottega Veneta, aka the fashion insider’s current favorite label, is a great example—not only is it one of the first designs produced by creative director Daniel Lee, but it’s also one of his most desirable pieces. The brown, teen-sized clutch is stylishly crafted in Italy from smooth calf leather and uses intricate folding to create a voluminous, rounded silhouette that’s the perfect counterpart for any ensemble. Style it against a leather jacket for double-duty tactile play.

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The Crossbody

The workhorses of the bag world, crossbody bags can be carried anywhere and by anyone. They’re big enough to hold your phone but compact and hands-free, so they can’t get in your way too much. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when they became a bonafide trend—they’re so timeless that some iteration of the crossbody bag has seemingly always been in style. But, if you’re the kind of person who carries the classic phone-keys-wallet-lipstick combo and not much else, reach for one of these as your day-to-day sidekick.

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The Saddle Bag

While it’s impossible not to immediately think of the Dior Saddle Bag, the brand certainly didn’t invent them. In fact, the name saddle bag is a dead giveaway to where this silhouette originated. It’s modeled after saddlebags worn on horses' sides to keep riders’ hands-free. However, unlike the old saddlebags, these are miniaturized and meant only to carry a few essentials while also being the focal point of an ensemble.

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The Bucket Bag

The history of bucket bags, as we know them now, can be traced back to the nineteenth century when they were present in society as small handbags called reticules. Soon, cloth versions of the bucket bag were made. However, it was Gaston-Louis Vuitton who made the first true bucket bag in the form we know them now—the Noé created purely for the convenient reason of carrying champagne. The bucket bag has been updated over the years, but its simple and stylish drawstring-based form will always be here to stay.

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The Mini Bag

Mini bags are the hottest bag trend of the past few years. Of course, the silhouette is nothing new, but it’s updated for the Instagram era. Take Simon Porte Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito, which appeared on two models in the designer’s fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection. The tiny bag immediately resonated with fashion’s most cognoscente—so much so that we still consider it one of the best designer bags.

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The Top-Handle Bag

​​Conjuring up mental images of elegant lunches with even more elegant friends, the top-handle bag is best used in situations when you expect to have a place to rest your bag most of the day. Perhaps the best way to style a top-handle bag is when paired with equally luxe fabrics like wool or lace. Tie a silk scarf around one of the handles and pop on some stilettos or a knit midi dress for an extra chic look.

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The Hobo Bag

As the ‘90s and 2000s trends repeat themselves, it’s easy to find the popular, revived styles of bags dramatic or a little too outré. But then, there's the hobo bag for people who prefer to keep it casual. It’s the perfect style to pair with medium-wash distressed jeans, a tee, and a slightly oversized blazer—nothing is high-maintenance about it. The hobo bag will fit all your essentials with no problem, and you’ll look effortlessly impeccable, too.

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The Classic Black Bag

No matter who you are, there is an everyday, medium-sized black bag for you. There are plenty of benefits to owning one: They’re typically big enough to hold all your essentials—for work or play—that can be difficult to place into your average on-trend handbag. And whether it be Givenchy’s Antigona Sport Bag or Prada’s Re-Edition 1995 Bag, there’s a classic black bag that fits every style of dress and personality.

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The Micro Bag

If mini bags are the hottest bag trend, then micro bags are the logical high-fashion next step. Initially seen on Instagram, the fashion world went wild for Jacquemus’ Le Petit Chiquito. The bag quickly became a status symbol amongst the elite and, after the show, sold out entirely on the brand’s site. A micro bag—which should be worn as an accessory, almost like a body chain or necklace—may not be the most practical. Still, it’s an unconventional statement piece that will complete any fashion-forward look.

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The Belt Bag

Precious few fashion items have come so far and fallen so hard as the fanny pack. Named Adweek’s 1988 “Hottest Product of the Year,” what was once the pinnacle of style soon became the butt of dad jokes everywhere. However, since a spate of high-profile models wore them in 2017, fanny packs have experienced a surprising renaissance under the new moniker of “belt bag.” Wear them with new season denim jeans for a casual but high-class look.

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The Tote

Everybody needs a designer tote bag. Whether you’re preparing for a day at the beach, a long day at work, or you need to carry some clothes from point A to B. While some may not want to carry an oversized shopper around, the usefulness of the tote bag is unparalleled.

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The Minimalist Bag

Ever-so sleek and stylish, minimalist bags are the ultimate when it comes to design. For example, The Row’s Emy Shoulder Bag, made in Italy from supple lambskin, features an effortlessly slouchy design with a wide strap. Try styling this minimalist bag and others with an equally timeless and edgy look—we love wearing ours with an oversized yet structured blazer.

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The Beach Bag

While jelly sandals, pool towels, and SPF are important for soaking up the sun, a beach bag is necessary to store those essentials. This carryall doesn’t have to be waterproof and sand-proof—it should also be fashionable (you never know who you’ll meet while sipping waterside rosé). Most of these styles work just as well for grocery shopping or airplane carry-ons when summer is over.

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The Weekender

Thanks to brands such as Saint Laurent, Balmain, and Isabel Marant, the weekender bag has been updated to make traveling stylish and practical. Also known as the overnight bag, this carryall is bigger than a designer tote but smaller than a luxury suitcase. When shopping, it’s important to consider style, convenience, roominess, and durability. Whether traveling to a nearby city or island hopping for a short trip, this bag complements all your needs and comes in many sizes, silhouettes, and colors.

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