17 of the cutest, chicest and kookiest ways to get in on the bag charm trend

bag charm trend

Fall’s hottest accessory may be tiny but it sure packs a punch. From Alexander McQueen’s spooky skeletons to Moschino’s retro tapes to Topshop’s power puffs, designer bag charms have charmed their way into our hearts and our hands, adorning our bags while simultaneously putting the haute into hang time. Think of them as the new arm party—the more the merrier—though there’s something to be said about a classic structured bag like an Hermès Kelly with a single dangling charm that dances with every step the wearer takes.

Ever since Karl Lagerfeld sent fuzzy owl keychains down Fendi’s Fall 2013 runway and debuted Karlito (a furry bag charm in the likeness of Lagerfeld) in 2014, dressing up your bag has become an international pastime. Are bag charms the new status symbol? The jury’s still out, but judging by the flashbulb frenzy these little charmers create, simply by hanging around (from handles) outside the shows during fashion month with their cool girl squads, they’ve already reached street style star status. So go on, put a swing on it.

Browse the gallery below to see our fave ways to get in on the bag charm trend.