Every season introduces new styles of handbags to accompany the latest catwalk trends – some survive and others fall by the wayside. The ones that become our favourites are the most stylish and practical, and if you’re a true bag lover you probably have one of each in an array of colours! We’ve chosen our top five styles which never go out of fashion, each being ideal for different occasions.
- The Tote
With tote meaning to carry, this bag is large and spacious, usually rectangular with a closed zip top and two handles, a favourite with most of us because of its capacity to hold all of the paraphernalia we carry around with us. Made in a variety of fabrics and colours it’s ideal for shopping trips or work wear and even to take for a weekend break. It’s easy to carry and often has a detachable shoulder strap.
- The Satchel
Much loved by students, satchels have been the bag of choice for ever. Often made of fabric such as canvas, this years’ styles are also made of floral patterned linen and denim, and are washable. The long shoulder strap leaves your hands free, and with their spacious pockets and large flap, secured with either buckles or press studs, they are a great bag for valuables, when you have shopping to carry.
- The Clutch
When it comes to evening bags clutches are many women’s top choice, although their size does mean you have to stick to essentials like keys and cash, which is a bonus if you tend to spoil an elegant outfit with a bulging bag! Shapes vary from boxy to purse-like, and are carried either under your arm or in your hand, but some are also available with a thin detachable strap. Often made of fabric or leather choose one to match your outfit.
- The Hobo
Queen of the shoulder bags this slouchy bag is one of the most popular shapes. Crescent shaped and oversized you can fill them to your hearts content, and are perfect for holidays and shopping trips. Perfect for the beach especially if you have kids! Top designers love them and put their signature twists on these timeless bags. Over-sized and trendy, these are perfect for a day out.
- The Bucket
After years of hiding the bucket bag is back! Huge in the nineties, this has a pouch and drawstring. With its simple design it has a deep pocket and a long strap, and comes in various sizes, some with studs and zips and embroidery, and made of soft leather or fabric. Look for this years’ bright colours.
With so many styles and colours you can make your own bag collection to match every occasion.