The Only Handbags We Want This Winter Are Cozy Ones
Next to a trusty pair of knee-high boots and a solid collection of knit dresses, the best way to conquer winter fashion is through fun accessories. This year, though, it seems old favorites like beret hats and bulky scarves are taking a back seat, and instead, fuzzy and faux fur handbags handbags have become the seasonal must-have — even if, you know, they don't actually do anything to keep you warm.
The past few seasons, we've seen number of handbag silhouettes reign supreme, from nostalgic shoulder baguettes to futuristic-feeling egg or moon-shaped purses. As luck would have it, many designers have now reimagined those same styles with fuzzy, fluffy details to carry us through the fall and winter. And while the market isn't without genuine fur options, many brands are instead opting to go faux, mimicking outdated textiles such as genuine shearling or calf fur. The end result is just as chic, oftentimes come at a fraction of the price, and, of course, is better for the environment.
Before hopping on the fuzzy handbag train, it's important to map out exactly what you're looking for when it comes to size, straps, and more. Do you need a large work tote, or a mini bag for nighttime? Are you looking to zhuzh up your wardrobe with a pop of color, or to complete your capsule of neutrals with a supporting accessory? Perhaps you're a maximalist who enjoys clashing prints, and thus are in search of a handbag that fits the bill.
Luckily, the selection of furry arm candy isn't as limiting as it may seem. Ahead, shop our top picks, and get ready to rock the most exciting, coziest, winter bag trend yet.
Versace Pink Faux-Fur Virtus Shoulder Bag
Versace began phasing out fur with its 2019 collections, but its 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 sole answer to spicing up any outfit and would look exceptionally striking paired with a black and white print.
Shop now: $1,195; ssense.com
Stand Studio Small Lucille Check Faux-Fur Tote
No stranger to a statement faux fur piece, Stand Studio reimagined its cult-favorite checked coat into an adorable tote. Use your outfit to introduce an additional print for a statement-making combo, or let this bag be the exciting element to a tailored ensemble in all black.
Shop now: $265; farfetch.com
Zara Chain Handle Shoulder Bag
As extravagant as a fuzzy handbag may sound, plenty still work for casual, everyday outfits as well. For example, this Zara shoulder bag mimics shearling — a more wearable alternative than, say, faux fox fur. It's perfect for styling with jeans and a classic button down, so prepare to reach for this bag on repeat throughout the season.
Shop now: $60; zara.com
Blumarine Gem-Logo Textured Shoulder Bag
If Paris Hilton fantasy 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 luxury fashion. While the bag comes in muted tones such as black and brown, you just can't pass up this opulent pink option. Essentially, what you pair with it doesn't matter — it's a look all on its own.
Shop now: $672; farfetch.com
Playing with prints is even more fun when faux fur is involved. Grab this shoulder bag for running errands or a night out and style it with your favorite slip dress. Feeling ready to mix it up? Unhook the shoulder strap on one side of this JW Pei purse to create a wristlet instead.
Shop now: $70; jwpei.com
Iced Angel Pink Love Fluffy Handbag
Playing on the ultra-blingy, hyper-feminine aesthetic of the early 2000s, this fluffy Iced Angels bag will easily become the conversation-starting element of your next going-out outfit. Match its sparkly shoulder strap to a crystal or sequin-embellished mini dress, and since it has just enough room to fit all your essentials, prepare to dance the night away with no distractions.
Shop now: $80; icedangelstore.com
The Ragged Priest Dizzy Bag
Cute, fuzzy designs aren't just a worthy replacement on days when dainty clutches feel too simple. Ragged Priest's vibrant, checked tote is just as practical as your favorite grab-on-the-go canvas bag, and will also add a playful element to all your work, travel, and gym looks.
Shop now: $51; theraggedpriest.com
Simon Miller Retro Bag
From clutches to totes, funky handbags are a staple at Simon Miller, so it makes sense that, for the cooler seasons, the Instagram-favorite brand offers a furry variation of nearly every style. Complete with a vintage-inspired, magnetic flap design, this style will be a fun addition to a preppy getup, such as a pleated skirt and argyle sweater vest.
Shop now: $250; simonmillerusa.com
Edikted Fur Real Baguette
Your next head-to-toe neutral outfit will likely benefit from Edikted's tan Fluffy Shoulder Bag. While the texture is always a bold, statement-making move, the bag itself is primed to fit into a minimalist's wardrobe. Throw on a beige trench, muted trousers, and a coordinating bootie, and you're ready to head out the door.
Shop now: $22 (Originally $32); edikted.com
Nasty Gal Faux Shearling Quilted Day Bag
You may be no stranger to quilted leather, but quilted faux shearling is a unique twist on this trend. Allow this Nasty Gal option to really pop against a matching, monochromatic chocolate brown look. We suggest pairing it with a similar faux shearling trench and a tall pair of croc-embossed boots.
Shop now: $28 (Originally $69); nastygal.com
Urban Revivo Solid Teddy Shoulder Bag
If you've been into egg-shaped bags over the past few seasons, you'll be glad to know that, yes, this style has some furry versions, too. Let the pastel yellow of this Urban Revivo bag winterize your much-missed spring clothing, or juxtapose the bag against a darker ensemble for an eye-catching result.
Shop now: $33; urbanrevivo.com