From Our Friends at Who What Wear: 5 Red Carpet-Approved Handbag Trends Everyone Should Try IRL

While I love shoes as much as the next person (seriously, my closet is overflowing with them at this point), it’s bags that I love most when it comes to accessories. There’s nothing I enjoy more than turning to the runway or the street-style set to identify the cool handbag trends we’ll soon be seeing everywhere (ring bags à la Chloé, anyone?). But to be honest, I often spot some of the chicest new silhouettes on the red carpet. And while you’d think most of these styles would be too fancy for your everyday life, I’m here to tell you that some top finds can seamlessly fit into your closet and work for both formal and casual occasions.

Red Carpet handbags

Ahead, you’ll find five handbag trends that stun on the red carpet and have the potential to be stunning on you as well. I promise there’s something for everyone here. Because when it comes to completing your perfect outfit, it’s in the (red carpet) bag.

Olivia Palermo

Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Burberry

While we’re used to seeing classic black chain bags at events, I’ve been seeing more and more quirky, colorful styles this season on the runway and on the red carpet. I love how this green and blue bag adds a cool pop of color to Olivia Palermo’s neutral ensemble.

Shop inspired styles:

Tory Burch Duet embellished leather shoulder bag | Ted Baker London leather crossbody bag | Elizabeth and James Eloise Field leather crossbody bag

Alessandra Ambrosio

Photo by Stefanie Keenan/GI Entertainment/Getty Images

You can’t deny the power of the perfect clutch for formal events, right? While there’s nothing wrong with sticking to the basics, I love the idea of having fun this season and opting for an eye-catching metallic iteration in silver, gold or rose gold (like Alessandra Ambrosio’s pick here). The beauty of a metallic clutch is that it will quite literally go with anything in your closet.

Shop inspired styles:

Jimmy Choo Lockett minaudière glitter clutch | Whiting & Davis mesh oval minaudière | Milly stripe box clutch

Actor Naomie Harris

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

If you’re on the hunt for a go-to bag to round out your collection this season, the envelope clutch tops the most-wanted list. Its structured corners and geometric folds add instant cool factor to any outfit. Naomie Harris takes it one step further by wearing it with a striped jumpsuit.

Shop inspired styles:

Saint Laurent Small Monogram leather envelope clutch | Alexander Wang Prisma leather envelope clutch | Rebecca Minkoff Leo envelope clutch 

Alexa Chung

Photo by Julien Hekimian/GI Entertainment/Getty Images

This trend may feel totally untraditional (which is probably why I love it), but we’re seeing a resurgence of more everyday-inspired top-handle bags on the red carpet. Case in point: the mini tote Alexa Chung showcased recently.

Shop inspired styles:

Longchamp Small Penelope Fantasie leather tote | Madewell whipstitch mini leather tote bag | Simon Miller mini birch nubuck tote

Actor Ruth Negga

Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

Pink bags are on the rise this season. They’re everywhere when it comes to street style, but the moment it hits the red carpet? You know it’s official. It may feel bold at first, but a pink bag is actually able to brighten up a daytime look and make an evening look feel more glamorous. Ruth Negga knows what I mean.

Shop inspired styles:

Manolo Blahnik Gothisi clutch | KARA pebbled leather duffel wristlet clutch | Halogen® leather clutch

Bobby Schuessler is the editorial director at Who What Wear, where he’s responsible for providing readers with an endless flow of runway and street-style trends, plus the best in celebrity style—bringing fashion to life in video and photo form. One of his favorite aspects about the job is trendspotting on the red carpet, so you can imagine his excitement surrounding the upcoming award shows.