Trend: Satchel Purse

This season, the satchel purse is all the rage, seen on the shoulders of celebs, editors sitting front row at fashion week, and style-conscious girls next door.

It’s a lot more understated than the popular oversized bags of the past. This new bag is all about practicality – it’s compact, sturdy, easy to open, long-strapped, and impeccably chic.

Brands like Celine, Chloé, and Proenza Schouler each have their own version of this petite piece of arm candy that seems so right for our times.

Don’t think that you have to spend big bucks for the show-stopping designer creations, because versions of the smart satchel purse are easy to find anywhere.

Thrift stores and vintage shops hold a wide variety of the satchel purse, because it is based on the diminutive, long-strapped bags that were so popular from the 1960’s and 1980’s. Look for a minimalist boxy structure, metal clasps, and fold-over flaps.

The satchel purse can also be found in a vast variety of prints, textures, and colors. Try one in a reptile-printed pattern, a bright berry hue, or subtle nude leather.

Whatever your personality, this very chic satchel will express it without overwhelming your sense of style. If Chloé is sending these bags down the runway, you can be sure that your favorite high street shop will already have its own version available.