If you follow me on Instagram then you will know that I am very much still clinging on to my straw bag collection as we head into autumn and winter. I love straw bags and have three that I pretty much wear all the time on rotation. But I can’t help but think that straw bags are more summery and maybe I should pack them away and start using something a little more appropriate for the season. What do you think? Are straw bags only for summer?

I did buy myself a new bag this week though and you’ll be pleased to know that it’s not straw! It’s small and really quite impractical, but it’s faux fur which I’m sure you’ll agree is much better suited to autumn. I bought this from ASOS but it’s by New Look and I just adore it…

New Look faux fur cross body bag – £15.99

I’ve been doing a little research into handbag trends for this season and thought I would share my findings with you. One of the best places I found for inspiration is the Vogue handbags page which has loads of articles about everything from top bag trends to handbag recycling schemes, and everything in between.

Here are five top handbag trends for autumn winter 2018…

Chain straps

Chain straps are everywhere this season and I have to say, I really like it! Some bags have a full chain strap, while other just a partial chain with a fabric strap that goes over the shoulder. This is like my new faux fur bag that I mentioned above and I think it’s much more practical as it stops the bag from slipping off all the time and is much more comfortable.

Leather striped handbag – Topshop – £45

Bucket bags

When I was in Primark a couple of weeks ago I noticed that they had a couple of bucket/cylinder style bags in so I knew it must be a big trend for this season. Since then I’ve noticed them in lots of places on the High Street. I particularly like this one from & Other Stories…

Leather bucket bag – & Other Stories – £85

Bum bags

Bum bags and belt bags… you can’t avoid them at the moment, they seem to be everywhere. But it’s a trend that I just can’t get on board with. It’s not my style at all so it’s safe to say you won’t be seeing me sporting one anytime soon! Would you?

Belt bag – River Island – £26

Croc/snake effect

Mock croc and snake skin is another big trend this season with lots of shoes, boots and bags on the High Street. I remember it being big in the 90’s and it’s a trend I’m enjoying seeing making a come back. Zara have this amazing mock croc messenger bag which I love, and what a beautiful colour for autumn…

Mock croc messenger bag – Zara – £29.99

Faux fur

Faux fur and teddy bags are huge this season and I for one am totally in to it. You can’t beat a bit of faux fur can you? I particularly like this one from Topshop. Leopard print and faux fur together, what more could a girl want?

Leopard print faux fur bag – Topshop – £25

I am slightly disappointed to see that straw bags aren’t in there but I suppose it’s no surprise really. I guess I better pack them away for next year and make room for more faux fur and mock croc…

What bags are you loving this season?

Thank you for reading.

*Disclosure – This is a collaborative post*