Half-moon bags have been the go-to shape for fashion’s most stylish women. We’ve rounded up the best of the best to update your accessories game for the coming season.
If your Instagram feed is anything like ours, you will have noticed a tale of two extreme bag designs hitting the shops this summer. Each carefully orchestrated #OOTD was either finished off with the micro-est of micro bags courtesy of Jacquemus, or the maxi-est of maxi bags with Loewe’s canvas hold all taking pride of place on the grid.
And while that’s all well and good for the playtime of the summer, autumn is coming and with it brings a sense of practicality. Enter: the half-moon bag. Earlier adopters of this trend will already appreciate its duality in being neat and discreet whilst also housing all those life essentials: phone, wallet, keys, lipstick…snacks.
Victoria Beckham is a firm favourite of the half-moon bag adding the style to not only her fashion line, but to her every day repertoire, while A.P.C.’s Demi-Lune cross-body has become a best-seller for the brand and a perennial favourite for fashion insiders. But it’s been a while since we’ve seen this shape en masse.
That is until now, and now being Copenhagen Fashion Week (arguably the most stylish of all the fashion weeks) where the half-moon bag is being adopted by insiders and influencers a like.
Time to embrace the new season, and all the accessories joy it’s about to bring starting with our edit of the chicest half-moon bags available to buy now.
Chylak medium glossed croc effect leather shoulder bag
One of the pioneers of this trend, Chylak’s half moon cross body bags handbags are virtually impossible to get your hands on. This elegant and versatile brown mock croc style is available at net-a-porter and is everything we want in a handbag right now.
Wear it with a racer-front vest and wide leg linen trousers.
Brown leather croc-effect shoulder bag, £320, Chylak (net-a-porter.com)
Arket leather crossbody bag
Shades of cream, beige and khaki make for the most important, and most chic, colour palette of the season. This simple but statement leather bag from Arket can be worn across the body or as a shoulder bag.
Wear it with a khaki utility jacket and white jeans
Khaki half moon handbag, £125, Arket
YUZEFI Dip leather cross-body bag
Emerging accessories label Yuzefi’s aesthetic is truly unique and distinctive. The brands’ new season styles are our favourite yet.
Add some colour to sporty streetwear or pared back utility looks with this white, yellow and ten leather bag which can be carried either by the top handle or cross-body strap.
White, yellow and tan leather cross body bag, £525, Yuzefi (selfrigdes.com)
Marina Raphael woven REN bag
Redefining the evening clutch, this woven caramel suede and tan leather number from Marina Raphael is an elevated way to take on a classic.
Pair with an LBD or even your trusty summer dress for an easy accessory win.
Leather and suede woven half-moon bag, £845, Marina Rapahel
Wandler Billy leather shoulder bag
Fashion insider favourite Wandler just launched it’s new season handbags (and excellent shoes as an aside).
This minimalist style and moulded gold clasp is sure to be a new cult classic. Wear it with roomy tailored trousers, a white-cotton t-shirt and sandals.
Black leather cross-body bag with gold hardware detail, £590, Wandler (net-a-porter.com)
Ted Baker FERRN Moon leather cross body bag
This elegant style from Yes Baker is the perfect accompaniment to evening looks; wear it with a black linen shirt, black silk midi skirt and flat sandals for a effortless trans-seasonal style.
Black and brown multi-pocket leather cross body bag, £149, Ted Baker
The Row slouchy leather banana bag
Mary Kate and Ashley Olson’s label The Row creates the most beautiful minimal, contemporary clothing and accessories that the and the fashion world has long been obsessed with.
This seasons slouchy cross body bag, made from textured leather with a unique banana structure is no exception.
Invest in this leather shoulder bag and wear it forever.
Black leather banana bag, £1,525, The Row (Selfridges.com)
Topshop Cancun Wooden Cross Body Bag
Wooden and raffia accessories are perfect for sunny days when heavy leather styles can feel too much with light linen and cotton fabrics.
Wear this half moon shaped bag with a printed midi dress and barely there sandals. so
Wooden cross body bag, £27, Topshop
C Nicol Lily Saddle Bag
Saddle bags were a major takeaway trend from the Summer catwalk shows and this cross body style is he perfect incarnation for day-to-day.
Wear it with a linen midi dress and tan leather sandals.
Brown leather saddle bag, £345, C Nicol
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