Style / Trends

35 Statement Bags That Command a Room

Statement bags speak volumes. Funny thing is, they often say more about the wearer than the bag. Take, for instance, last year’s breakout “it” bag, M2Malletier’s Amor Fati. In an instant, you could make a fairly accurate assumption that the woman carrying it wasn’t just trendy, but original, like the bag itself. She’s a woman who experiments and knows her Valli from her Valentino. And she doesn’t just read Vogue; she’s in Vogue. Think of red carpet regulars like Solange Knowles or Cate Blanchett.

On the other hand, a woman who sports a classic like Saint Laurent’s Muse is above trends. She favors timeless over flashy and doesn’t need to be the center of attention. In fact, she rather prefers to fly under the radar, observing everyone else. Or maybe we’ve just been watching too much True Detective. Either way, we’ve curated a gallery of statement handbags that will have everyone talking, from Alexander Wang’s neons to Charlotte Olympia’s takeout bag.