Marks & Spencer just confirmed the next big handbag trend

A new season means the perfect excuse to buy new accessories – and although A/W 18 might not quite be here yet, Marks & Spencer’s latest drop will make you want to start preparing now.

Posting on the marksandspencerfashionpr Instagram account, they shared a snap of one of their key bags for the months ahead – and followers couldn’t wait to snap them up. Best of all, they’re available to shop already, at the purse-friendly price of just £29.50.

The M&S Collection Velvet Barrel Cross Body Bag comes in two perfect autumnal colours – a rich, warm pink and a darker burgundy. The velvet barrel is topped off with a circular lid and chic zipper detail, with generous dimensions that leave space for much more than just your phone and keys (an essential requirement for any new bag, in our books).

The picture of the two colourways quickly gained over a thousand likes, with many fans of the brand saying that they’d already hit ‘add to basket’.

‘I need the pink one,’ one commenter posted to a friend, followed by a second wrote: ‘these are gorgeous!’

M&S Collection Velvet Barrel Cross Body Bag, £29.50, Marks and Spencer

‘Thinking autumn/winter just around the corner – but what colour?’ another wondered, while a fourth simply posted: ‘M&S do it again!’

M&S aren’t the only brand predicting that barrel bags will be big – we’ve spotted similar styles popping up at Zara and Topshop too, albeit without M&S’s velvet touch.

Round crossbody bag with top handle, £29.99, Zara

Samira bucket bag, £29, Topshop

So, if you want to get ahead of the fashion pack for the months ahead, you know where to look…