Summer’s Hottest Handbag Is The Duffel Bag

The humble duffel bag may be commonly associated with toting your workout attire to the gym, but it seems that the fashion industry is quickly redefining this carryall. On the Spring/Summer 2017 runways, duffels made a bold appearance in all shades and adorned with all patterns.

At Balenciaga, bright tangerine orange was the colour du jour. A funky leather duffel bag caused a sensation with its metallic zip, matching top handles and punchy tone. If you’re stepping out for the day and aiming to bring your street style to the next level, an inspired bag may be perfect for your sartorial tastes. Try pairing the duffel with a contrasting lavender blouse to bring a pop of colour to your everyday summertime wardrobe.

Meanwhile, Marc Jacobs’ take on the duffel bag was adventurous and youthful. Suiting the music festival and party vibes of summer, the designer featured a colourful patchwork duffel. With its shades of pastel pink and pale blue and a funky abstract motif, this certainly wasn’t your everyday duffel bag. For a finishing touch, brown leather detail and straps completed the design.

However, the typical sporty duffel continues to reign supreme this season as well. One only needs to glance at Rachel Comey, where a soft-sided bag stunned with its deep blue colour and functional black straps.

Whether you’re heading to work, preparing for a night on the town or hitting the gym, it seems that the duffel bag is here to stay. We’d recommend coordinating a printed duffel with a sleek solid outfit, and brightening a plain frock with a patterned number. However you decide to play, rest assured that summer’s trending bag can hold everything from your trusty laptop to those favourite yoga leggings.

Photos: Vogue Runway