Feel like you’ve been toting around the same few handbags for years now? It’s time to ditch your typical tote for good and to try one of these elegant non-boring bucket bags for work instead.
Bucket bags are less clumsy to carry around and are spacious too, so you can contain all your essentials without over stuffing them. Plus, bucket bags are pretty and unconventional—that’s enough reason for us to go out and buy one now.
Here are our picks of bucket bags for every budget that you’ll be proud to schlep around.
Featuring unique laser cut-out patterns, this boxy periwinkle bucket bag from Charles & Keith is a pretty addition to your bag collection. Besides, its cute pastel shade adds colour to your work wardrobe. Wear with a lace top and wide-legged trousers to the office or pair with a flowy kaftan with a pair of espadrilles for the beach.
Another piece that features cut-outs, this playful Love, Bonito creation looks like a synthetic leather version of a basket bag and is a fun number for picnics or chill weekends by the beach. Else, you could rock the see-through bag with a structured pantsuit.
One word: Cute. Made with a striking thick top handle, this bucket bag from Mango is unconventional and fun. It comes with a detachable strap that transforms it into a shoulder/crossbody bag, so you get more value out of it. Pair this with an aubergine silk dress or navy jumpsuit to make this mustard number pop.
Done in collaboration with a Thai artist that goes by the moniker Juli Baker and Summer, this Pomelo bag features playful and whimsical summer-inspired fruit and plant prints. Show your love for the season by wearing it with linen dresses and straw hats at pool parties. Or go with a playful floral maxi dress for work.
Available in ivory and black, this leather bucket bag adds class to your outfit in a subtle manner. Best of all, it’s roomy enough to carry your essentials but isn’t bulky nor cumbersome. Wear this with a double denim ensemble with sneakers and you’ve got a quick, dependable outfit that can get you through the weekend. For work, carry this with a fitted tuxedo dress and strappy heels.
Up the ante on your after-hours outfit with this slinky suede and gold studded number from Topshop. Pair this with a slinky cowl mini dress reminiscent of Paris Hilton’s iconic 21st birthday outfit and round it up with towering stilettos for a grand entrance.
A simple, black bucket bag with clean lines, this Zara bag is for someone who likes a fuss-free design that is versatile enough to carry you through most occasions and outfit pairings. However, you can spice it up by dressing it with a feminine lilac dress and yellow ballet flats.
Gold hardware and rings break the monotony of this black leather piece. Plus, this bucket bag is built with a dedicated slip pocket for your phone so you don’t have to spend time frantically ransacking your bag to hunt for it (been there!). Go with a sleek, sharp blazer-trousers combo to jazz up the bag’s modern silhouette.
Show your support for the Fendi brand by carrying a piece that sports its logo all over its exterior. The print is created in collaboration with Instagram artist @hey_reilly. Our favourite bit is the swishy beaded fringing that gives it a cool movement. Go all out with the logomania and finish with the Fendi tracksuit and chunky dad sneakers for a cool, street wear vibe. Bucket hat required. Or sling it over your blazer and dress combo at work for a quirky contrast.
If straw bags are too casual for work and leather bags seem too much for the beach, then this straw-leather hybrid is the perfect in-between. Featuring Furla’s newest Shield logo, the adjustable and detachable strap also allows you to carry this bucket number as a crossbody. Celebrate summer and pair this with a white linen dress for the beach (don’t forget your favourite sunnies). For work, the bag will add elegance to a tailored pantsuit.
Furla boutiques are located in places such as Paragon, ION Orchard and Raffles City.
This gorgeous bag sends tingles down our back. The sleek blue suede is contrasted against maroon leather trims to make this Gucci iteration a contemporary piece. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the Italian house has adorned it with a crystal-crusted enamel tiger head. So deliciously luxe. Pair this with a dark pleated midi dress and white sneakers for a sporty (yet stylish) ensemble.
Gucci boutiques are located in Paragon, ION Orchard and Marina Bay Sands.
Mansur Gavriel’s bucket bags have been a cult favourite amongst fashion lovers and bag collectors alike, due to their simple and clean silhouette. We picked this forest green number because it remains neutral enough to pair with a variety of your outfits, but isn’t boring like the staple black or tan colour. Carry this with a lace midi dress and block heels at work.
Clean lines and modern designs are emblematic of Mulberry. But what makes this bag even more special is the use of textured leather and gold hardware that add a dose of sophistication to the piece. The grained leather can also withstand scratches and stains better than smooth leather. Go geek chic and throw on a shirt dress with this bag. Finish off by slipping into a pair of brogues.
Can’t get enough of animal prints? Show off your love for the animal kingdom with this Saint Laurent number. Its compact size makes it great for a fun night with a bodycon dress or a romantic weekend date with a navy skater dress. Either way, you’re the queen of the jungle. For work, wear with a beige midi dress to complement this loud number.
Text: Ho Guo Xiong