On Trend: White Handbags

By now, you may have noticed that we have a little bit of a thing for white. Whether our Habitual skinnies or a crisp buttoned shirt, the neutral brings simplicity to even the most thrown-together looks.

As an unexpected accent, we love how the current trend of white handbags add a clean jolt of style that feels just right for summer months. We prefer the ladylike look, with some structure and pared down lines, for an accessory that adds edgy polish to casual and work-week outfits alike. Remember, sun-kissed complexions always looks better offset with white—even if it’s an accessory.

Of our favorites, Marc Jacob’s Averell takes top honors. A hot item of the season, modeled after the Pan Am era, its flight bag allurealso won over Garance Doré, whose post on it inspired our deep dive into this season’s fairer purses. For a less pricey option, the enduring charm of the Cambrige Satchel gets an update in white. The double buckled strap with contrast topstitching and visible seams makes it a younger choice with the same assertive profile as The Averell.

Both Mugler’s Muglerette, an edgier take on the elegant concept, and the patent leather and chains of Chanel’s small Boy Flap Bag make for more look-at-me options that are all the more fierce for their absence of saturated color.

And, more conservative but by no means staid, the Bootcamp cross body by Joanna Maxham (available in white from )and Alexander Wang’s Rockie Duffel add unexpected twists to classic bags, ensuring they’ll be staple complements to your wardrobe.

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