The “bat wing” shape is not really a groundbreaking bag design; the shape was conceptualized as a shopping tote with extended sides or “wings,” popularized and made mainstream by Phoebe Philo with the Celine Luggage Tote.
The winged style was then modified by Philo to include the Phantom (a luggage tote that has more emphasized sides), and then the Trapeze, a single top handle winged bag with a flap enclosure.
I believe the continued popularity of this shape comes from the spillover of the demand of those Celine bags, and many designers and fashion houses are smart to cash in on the style’s popularity.
A downside of having these extended wings is the easier access of pickpockets’ “sticky hands,” so extra caution is needed when carrying such a bag.
Other than that, the winged bag is aesthetically pleasing—a style that has been flying off the shelves.
Here are five of my top winged bag picks for this year so far:
Louis Vuitton W Bag
The single letter name of this winged bag says it all: The bag does look like the letter W. Since its debut in July, it has become a very popular choice and has been seen on the arm of A-list celebrity Reese Witherspoon of late.
It comes in five other versions (different colored front panels/wing combinations in taupe, caramel, monogram canvas, wine and lemon) and in two sizes. The tufted monogrammed wings version looks very luxurious, but if you want to go basic, the monogram canvas is a good choice as it also happens to be the least expensive in the collection.
Prada Classic Winged Top Handle Bag—Prada’s popular bags post-nylon/microfiber are the structured classics, and the winged top handle bag is a modified version of one of its signature pieces, the double-zipped bag with a main compartment. If you are looking for a modern en vogue top handle bag that will not go out of style, your best bet is this Prada winged leather bag.
Fendi 2Jours—Fendi has had groundbreaking designs, the latest coming from its summer collection where a clutch “pocket” was incorporated into a structured canvas tote.
The classic lines at Fendi remain many a bag lover’s favorite, the mainstay baguette being one of them, the other the 2Jours bag.
The 2Jours is a very structured tote made of fine-grained leather and has retractable (just tuck them in) winged sides should you choose to make the bag look more streamlined. It’s not often that you can carry a shopping tote and exude a polished look (oftentimes you end up looking more casual), but with the Fendi 2Jours, you can.
Michael Kors Selma—One of the come-on factors of a Michael Kors bag is its price. Unlike other premium designer bags, Michael Kors does not charge excessively. It is more affordable but quality is not compromised.
The Selma is no exception. There are already different variations of the Selma—from color-blocked versions to brights to neutral shades. And the best thing about this bag is, it comes with a detachable shoulder strap for hands-free carrying.
Valentino Rockstud Trapeze—I honestly never thought that the pyramid studs of Valentino would carry on this long when it came to the brand’s accessories, but its popularity only meant that the rockstud has become the house’s signature.
The Valentino Trapeze has that nice, edgy look because of the studs. It is not as structured as most of the other winged bag styles—perhaps because this bag was designed for shoulder-carry more than for crook-of-the-arm-carry. If you want that rocker chick vibe, the Valentino Trapeze fits the bill.
Ingrid Chua is the blogger of www.thebaghagdiaries.com and has daily photo updates on www.instagram.com/thebaghag