The only handbags we want this winter are comfortable bags
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Along with a trusty pair of tall boots and a solid collection of mesh dresses, the best way to conquer winter fashion is to use some fun accessories. This year, however, it seems like old favorites like beret hats and chunky scarves are taking a back seat, and instead, plush and faux fur handbags have become the seasonal essential – although, you know, they don’t do anything to keep you warm.
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Over the past few seasons, we’ve seen a number of handbag silhouettes reign supreme, from nostalgic chopsticks to futuristic egg shoulders or moon-shaped handbags. Luckily, many designers have now reimagined these same styles with fuzzy, fluffy details to transport us through fall and winter. And while there is no shortage of real fur options in the market, many brands are opting for fake instead, imitating outdated textiles such as real sheep or calf fur. The end result is equally chic, often at a fraction of the cost and, of course, better for the environment.
Before you jump on the fuzzy handbag bandwagon, it’s important to define exactly what you’re looking for in terms of size, suspenders, etc. Do you need a large work tote or a mini overnight bag? Are you looking to liven up your wardrobe with a touch of color, or to complete your neutral capsule with a complementary accessory? Maybe you are a maximalist who loves contrasting prints and therefore are looking for a handbag that matches the bill.
Fortunately, the selection of fur candy is not as limited as it might seem. Coming up, shop our top picks and get ready to embrace the most exciting and comfortable winter bag trend yet.
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Versace Pink Faux Fur Virtus Crossbody Bag
Versace has started phasing out fur with their 2019 collections, but their approach to faux comes with an equally luxurious feel. An alternative to the neutral hues typically associated with the fall and winter months, this hot pink handbag is the only answer to spice up any outfit and would be exceptionally striking paired with a black and white print.
Buy now: $ 1,195; ssense.com
Small Lucille Stand Studio Plaid Faux Fur Tote Bag
Used to a trendy faux fur piece, Stand Studio has reinvented their cult plaid coat into an adorable tote. Use your outfit to introduce an extra print for a statement combo, or let this bag be the exciting part of an all-black bespoke ensemble.
Buy now: $ 265; farfetch.com
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Zara shoulder bag with chain strap
As extravagant as a fluffy handbag may seem, there is still plenty left over for everyday casual outfits. For example, this Zara crossbody bag mimics sheepskin – a more wearable alternative to, say, faux fox fur. It’s perfect to wear with jeans and a classic button down shirt, so get ready to grab this bag time and time again throughout the season.
Buy now: $ 60; zara.com
Gem Blumarine Logo Textured Crossbody Bag
If Paris Hilton’s whimsy is your fall and winter aesthetic, your mission isn’t complete without a faux fur accessory from Blumarine, AKA the brand spearheading the Y2K revival in fashion. luxury. While the bag is available in muted tones such as black and brown, you just can’t pass up this opulent pink option. Essentially, it doesn’t matter what you pair – it’s a look on its own.
Buy now: $ 672; farfetch.com
JW Pei Eva shoulder bag in faux fur fabric
Playing with prints is even more fun when it comes to faux fur. Take this crossbody bag for shopping or a night out and wear it with your favorite babydoll dress. Do you feel ready to mix it up? Unhook the shoulder strap from one side of this JW Pei handbag to create a bracelet instead.
Buy now: $ 70; jwpei.com
Iced Angel Pink Love Fluffy Handbag
Playing on the ultra-blingy and hyper-feminine aesthetic of the early 2000s, this plush Iced Angels bag will easily become the trigger for your next outing outfit. Pair the sparkling shoulder strap with a crystal or sequin-embellished mini dress, and since it has just enough room to store all your essentials, get ready to dance the night away without any distraction.
Buy now: $ 80; icedangelstore.com
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The tattered priest’s stunned bag
Cute and fuzzy designs aren’t just a worthy replacement for the days when dainty clutch bags seem too simple. The Ragged Priest Vibrant Plaid Tote is just as practical as your favorite canvas carry-on bag, and will also add a playful element to any of your work, travel and gym looks.
Buy now: $ 51; theraggedpriest.com
Simon Miller retro bag
From clutch bags to tote bags, funky handbags are a staple at Simon Miller, so it makes sense that for the cooler seasons, Instagram’s favorite brand has a furry variation of almost any style. Featuring a vintage-inspired magnetic flap, this style will be a fun addition to a preppy outfit, such as a pleated skirt and diamond-pattern waistcoat.
Buy now: $ 250; simonmillerusa.com
Genuine Edikted Fur Baguette
Your next neutral head-to-toe outfit will likely benefit from Edikted’s beige Fluffy crossbody bag. While texture is always a bold and striking move, the bag itself is designed to fit into a minimalist’s wardrobe. Pull on a beige trench coat, understated pants and a matching bootie, and you’re ready to go.
Buy now: $ 22 (originally $ 32); edikted.com
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Nasty Gal Quilted Faux Sheepskin Day Bag
You might be no stranger to quilted leather, but quilted faux sheepskin is a unique twist on this trend. Allow this Nasty Gal option to really pop against a matching monochrome chocolate brown look. We suggest you pair it with a similar faux sheepskin trench coat and a pair of croc embossed high boots.
Buy now: $ 28 (originally $ 69); nastygal.com
Urban Revivo Solid Teddy Shoulder Bag
If you’ve loved egg-shaped bags over the past few seasons, you’ll be happy to know that, yes, this style has furry versions as well. Let the pastel yellow of this Urban Revivo bag winterize your much-missed spring clothes, or juxtapose the bag with a darker ensemble for an eye-catching result.
Buy now: $ 33; urbanrevivo.com