Whether you’re looking for a new everyday staple or a chic weekend bag, there’s no better bag to consider than a bucket handbag. The roomy silhouette is a modern-day iteration of 16th-century drawstring pouch designs—and, thanks to cult favorites like the Mansur Gavriel Mini, this versatile bag has been back in fashion big time. Aside from the fact that it looks gorgeous, bucket bags are super functional and are ideal for hands-free adventures near and far. Their wide, round tops allow you to reach for the items that you’re most often searching for—like your keys or lipstick. They also offer more storage space than a mini shoulder bag or an oversized tote.
Bucket bags are easy to dress up or down and shine year-round. “Simple, minimal styles from brands like Loewe are great, but I’m also loving the fringed, tassel-adorned versions from Valentino,” wardrobe stylist Lindsey Dupuis says. “They’re the perfect finishing touch to a boho-inspired look.”
Another way that you can easily dress up your bucket bag is by adding an embellishment. “Even something as simple as a hammered metal medallion adds a bit of luxe to an otherwise casual look,” fashion expert Chellie Carlson tells InStyle. And for an extra special finish, consider a leather bucket bag with sticking along its base, as seen on this Valentino Rockstud Spike mini bucket bag.
The best bucket bags come in a variety of materials, from classic leathers like those from Loewe and Nanushka to inventive takes on the shape by Valentino and Staud. The style also comes with a range of strap options. Some have purse-like handles that you can hold over one shoulder, while others feature longer crossbody straps and even backpack-like straps that allow you to wear your bucket bag across your chest. bucket handbags