The easiest way to add a pop of colour to your outfit and to show off your personality is with statement accessories. This season we’ve picked our top 5 favourite bag styles every girl should have.
1. Large Tote Bag
What better way to get attention than with an oversized tote bag? Tote bags are fantastic accessories because they are versatile, sturdy (it can hold everything and anything) and just downright stylish.
The tote is not a new design, in fact they’ve been around since the early 1900s but designers have continued to make the design more appealing to the masses, by offering a diverse range of styles that range from the classic totes: such as Michael Kors’s large textured leather Hamilton bag, to eye-embellished leather totes of Kenzo.
When it comes to totes, there’s a style that appeals to every women and thus the tote has integrated itself into fashion as one of the staple accessories for every woman’s wardrobe. Oh! and size does indeed matter. Especially when it comes to fitting in all your daily essentials!
2. Medium Tote
If the large totes are getting a little too much to handle then the medium tote is just the right size for everyday use. Once again we love the versatility of the tote bag and they come in a range of different materials, pockets, zippers and finishes. And while mini bags and oversized bags are having their moment, we can always rely on the trusty and practical medium tote design.
Once again, Michael Kors excels at making good quality, simplistic yet classic bags such as his Jet Set Travel medium textured-leather tote. While designers such as Phillip Lim have chosen to add more finishing touches to his bag with zippers, contrasting colours and buckles, as seen in the Pashli medium leather trapeze bag.
3. Clutch Bags
Clutch bags have been enjoying popularity for a few seasons already and the reason why they are still so popular is really quite simple: they are beautifully elegant and add a sophisticated and feminine touch to any outfit. The Jérôme Dreyfuss’s ‘Bobi’ bag serves to reinforce that statement as it offers it’s wearer a sleek and chic design complete in a supple pale-peach textured-leather.
While clutch bags can add elegance to our outfits, they can also add edge and personality. Charlotte Olympia has proven this with two of her funky clutch creations that are anything but boring. Her designs Year of the Monkey Pandora Perspex Clutch and her 1950′s inspired Varsity Appliquéd Suede Pouch both demand attention with their bold colours and unique designs.
4. Backpack Trend
We’re transported back to school with the backpack trend, but this design is no longer just a back-to-school staple. Backpacks have gone through an extreme makeover to leave us with a design that is not only practical but also super trendy!
For a classic backpack staple pick a dark neutral shade such as Chloé’s ‘Mallow’ backpack made of supple black leather, or Elizabeth and James super luxe snake-effect leather design. Yet for a look that offers more fun Marc by Marc Jacobs’ colorful floral twill ‘Domo Arigoto’ design is the perfect way to get yourself noticed!
5. Mini Bag
Designers have shown just how creative they can be when they chose to downsize handbags and produce the ultimate mini-me trend. The mini bag trend has quickly caught on and we’ve spotted more than one fashion icon sporting these cute and chic bags.
What makes the mini bag trend so great is that they never get in the way, (especially with the extra-long straps) yet they have just enough space for us to store all our valuables. And they come in so many different styles and shapes! One of our favorites styles, although on the pricey side, has to be Dolce & Gabbana Gold-tone coin shoulder bag.
D&G have outdone themselves with this design because not only it is adding a splash of gold to our wardrobes becoming a big trend this season, but this design is so well made and detailed that it’s bound to make it’s wearer the envy of every women!