Do you wear the bag or does the bag wear you?

A question you may have never asked yourself or been asked. However, at a recent event, this question was posed and an answer considered. And the one time we felt, where the bag wears the outfit, is when you go iconic, a bag with heritage but has also been given a modern reinterpretation. So, if you are looking for such a bag to dominate your outfit, head to one of these heavy-weight designer brands.

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Hot summer fashion bags for cool looks

Have you got a handle on the summer fashion? Here in the northern hemisphere, we are welcoming warmer days which means time to go on holiday. But before you do, let’s get a low down on the bags that are looking great for vacation days. The bags in this edit are already on location and there are plenty of styles to inspire.

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Prepping for wedding season and need a bag or two!

‘Tis the season to brace oneself for the upcoming weddings on the horizon and the mandatory hit the bank balance will get. I’ve sourced three outfits which I’m going to invest in not just because they work for the special events but they also guarantee lots of wear elsewhere. Thankfully the weddings have a relaxed but elegant vibe where anything starting from boho chic is acceptable. However, wedding season economics means I need to see if I can get through the summer and make these three outfits work with one bag. Challenge on!

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10 of the best bags for summer under £100

With the news headlines full of rises in the cost of living, regardless of where you live in the world, let’s keep this summer as affordable as possible. Here’s the rundown of eye-catching bags all for under £100 or under AUS $175 or US $130! I’ve kept a focus on the bags you can through over your shoulder in keeping with one of the bag trends this summer. And whether you want leather, recycled or fabric, here are the best fashion bags from the high street or online stores from the US, Europe and Australia – we’ve got you covered.

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Pretty in pink right now

Up here in the northern hemisphere, I’m seeing more and more pink appearing in the stores for this spring and summer. The good news, is you don’t need to channel your inner Naomi Campell as seen at the Versace S’22 runway show, looking fabulous in a pink trouser suit, to channel your inner fashionista. This much pink up top and below the waistline may not be the preferred choice for everyone. The alternative is to grab a pink bag and still look pretty and on-trend this year. Here’s a quick edit from some cities in Europe where there’s lots of pink bag inspiration for you, with lots more over on insta @thebagwhispers_.

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Fashion joins forces

The monthly edit of fashion bag inspiration for February, from instagram was due last week. And with the fashion shows previewing AW’22/3 in full force, the month’s round-up is always a bumper one. However, on 24 February the news came through of the invasion by Russia into Ukraine and since then it has been 9 days of shocking headlines. Breaking with tradition, the following fashion inspiration edit isn’t the top 5 bags of the month but instead, a spotlight on five of the fashion brands that have come out showing a different kind of force, support for relief in Ukraine. If you are looking for ways to support, here are some destinations being championed by fashion brands.

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Men’s fashion and bag trends for SS’22

Despite the Winter Olympics dominating the airtime, Spring is starting to feel a little bit closer here in the northern hemisphere. It’s a delight to start the working day with the sun in the sky. The dark starts and ends to a working day are fading. And with covid restrictions lifting, talk of taking holidays and commuting to work is much more common. It feels time then to give a rundown of what styles and bags for men will be adopted by the stylish gents around town. Here’s the guide to men’s fashion and bag trends for spring and summer 2022.

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SS’22 bag trends for every budget

The spring and summer runways welcomed the return of the shoulder bag. A staple in many wardrobes but it has been overshadowed for a few seasons by its somewhat more boxy and cute cousin, the crossbody bag. Good news, the shoulder bag trends for SS’22 don’t dictate shape or colour as it’s all about matching (not contrasting) your outfit. It’s all very easy, think one colour, minimalist and if you’re missing detail, opt for an accent stitch. You can crack this trend at every budget level. Here are some examples of the shoulder bag trends from under £100 to up to £5000.

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How to go vegan with your bag fashion

Hello Veganuary! Whether you’re challenging yourself this month with removing animal products from your diet or alternatively, looking at other ways to embrace more sustainable sources for your lifestyle, there are an increasing number of vegan fashion labels to consider. And when it comes to bags you are spoilt for choice.

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Cute times for bag fashion

Say hello to the cute bags that are available in various well-known retailers online and on your local high street. Whilst this mini collection of bags might not be rocking one of the key 2022 fashion trends, these bags deliver heaps of joy. You’ll definitely catch an eye and or a new adoring fan. Here are the 10 cute bags for 2022 and some of them come with a discount, thank you January sales.

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The fashion trends for SS’22

Before we knock on the door of 2022, it’s always a good idea to take a moment to cast minds back to September, where the fashion capitals of the world inspired us with some fabulous looks to rock in spring and summer next year.  Here are the 5 fashion trends for SS’22 and good news there’s only one bag trends to remember.

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Bags for special occasions

It doesn’t matter what the special occasion is and what the bag trend of the season is, there is one trusted bag style that will rock the dress or tailored suit in any decade and that’s the top handle bag.  This style of bag is definitely an investment piece.  And here to inspire you is an edit of top handle bags from a variety of designers, 10 in fact offering a range of price points. So if you’re sitting comfortably…

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Hands up for a preview of the SS’22 designer bag trends

I’m not a fan of sharing an edit of next season’s trends too early; it can be frustrating waiting for new collections to come in or having to preorder without even seeing the bag IRL. But let’s break with tradition because November is a mix of sale events; from Singles’ Day, Black Friday to Cyber Monday. Between now and end of November, plenty of fashion stores will be offering great discounts. And my top tip for sale shopping is to research the future trends, because sometimes you can get a bag that rocks a key shape and colour of the next season and you’ll be able sashay into spring or summer having saved some well-earned cash. So, with a week to go before some big discounts are due to appear, here’s the rundown of the SS’22 bag trends as set by the top fashion designers.

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Beach boys…and girls. Unisex bags for summer.

This weekend lots of us Brits are no longer dreaming of a beach holiday but booking flights – albeit the list of countries we can travel to is limited, a beach in Portugal is calling. So to save everyone time whilst they are busy finding flights and accommodation, here’s a rundown of the 5 beach bags that would look good on anyone’s arm.

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Something for the weekend and the theme is wide!

Before we say goodbye to February, let’s have a look at my five favourite bags spotted on insta this month. And this round up of all the lovely bags on insta presented an unexpected bag shape, the baguette bag but with that je ne sais quoi! Yes it’s true, the baguette bag (thank you Fendi) has been showing up over the last couple of seasons. But what I’ve got for you is a much broader selection of the wider bag. Newsflash, you no longer have to opt for the flat sided baguette, there is so much more on offer!

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Top of the weekend to you and your bag!

This Saturday Special is all about my favourite bags on instagram in January. And what I’ve loved is the resurgence of the top handle bag in smaller dimensions – suited to these days when we’re carrying less. What is great about a nano top handle bag (and I’m not often heard saying this) is that is can subtly smarten up a casual outfit – and let’s face it we’ve all been rocking the lounge look! So, what a lovely way to step into February, the month of love or if you’re into your pagan or Irish calendars, the official start of Spring – yes, for the Irish, the 1st of Feb is St Brigid’s Day, where traditionally the farmers start to sow seeds as it is the first day of Spring. Before I get too distracted by the many different cultural references, let’s get back to the bags – the top 10 of top handle bags for SS’21.

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Lots of rural charm in the country!

So sang Blur in 1995 and when it comes to town versus country, country styles are classics. And now more than ever country fashion styles are coming to the fore – well who knew we would be getting to know our own countryside more than ever this year – thanks to lockdowns giving us a new appreciation of the staycation. So when ‘in the country’, what bag style should you consider for country life? Think texture! Here are the bag styles and five brands for some stand out country living.

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Shout out to the small bag businesses

With tough times ahead and many of the European countries back in lockdown, here’s a shout out to the small bag businesses. A few years ago I reviewed Etsy as a destination for the small or emerging bag designers. So I’ve returned to see what’s available and wasn’t disappointed. Here are 5 bag designers and sellers who have bags that have caught my eye. So if you’re sitting comfortably, let’s take a whistle stop virtual tour!

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Stocks? Shares? Gold? No a handbag!

For those of you who are seeking ways to make an investment but interest rates means there’s no point in the bank and you don’t fancy the gamble and volatility of stocks and shares, one solution is to invest in gold. However, despite a a day at the London’s Metal Exchange there’s still a lot to learn around gold trading. But what I can share with you are lots of top tips for handbag futures!

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Bags of attitude

Is fashion finding a bit of space for some unexpected designs now that we’re emerging from lockdown?  If you’re looking to bring a bit more fun or attitude to your wardrobe, now that you might be working more from home,  trust me there are bags of fun waiting to be discovered.  So why not pause on investing in a good quality corporate bag that says ‘take me seriously’ (as that may well be a thing of the past).  Here are 10 bags full of fierceness and ready to show some attitude.

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Quilting but not as you know it – not a patchwork in sight

This Sunday Special is dedicated to one of the key autumn/window bag trends, the quilted bag.  Once the style owned by Chanel, if you browse through instagram for inspiration, you will see that you don’t have to invest heavily to own a quilted bag next season.  And if you are shopping online, you’ll see more and more being added to some of the key fashion retailer websites.  So if you’re sitting comfortably here are my five favourtie bags from the ‘gram for your something the weekend!

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Forever in blue jeans

Whether in fashion or not, there will be a moment in the summer or autumn where you’ll reach for your denim for a casual day or night outfit; either jeans, muscle shirt, cut off shorts or even a denim jacket to keep a cooler night at bay (it doesn’t matter whether the jacket’s in fashion or not, it’s a wardrobe staple!). So how do you style your denim with a bag for your essentials, to keep your look casual and stylish? Here are the shapes and textures to reach for so that your look is complete.

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California Dreamin’ – best beach bags

A top 10 list of best fashion beach bags for 2020 may seem a bit out of place – as most places are in lock down – the northern hemisphere having to keep away from beaches and the countries in the southern hemisphere are seeing their days and nights get cooler.  However, one thing that does unites us is that by the time lock down is eased and we’re all experts at social distancing, we all may get a day or two on a beach somewhere before the year is out!  So in times like these, let’s look forward, in fact, to a new day rising, a brand new sky.  Here’s to heading to a beach near you soon! Continue reading “California Dreamin’ – best beach bags”

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What’s was on instagram for bag fashion in January ’22

What has the start of this year served up in the fashion feeds on Instagram? Has your feed been full of designers getting ready for the new Chinese lunar year? As we’ve stepped into February, Happy Chinese New Year or Gong Xi Fa Cai/Kung Hei Fat Choi for those of you who speak Mandarin and Cantonese. Be warned, this round-up of the bag fashion from the ‘gram spotlights the bags that are free of tiger embellishments. Whilst it was tough to ignore the eyes of the tigers, I still hope you like the edit. If you’re sitting or standing comfortably, my something for the weekend is a quick two minutes’ scroll of the bags rocking some of this year’s spring/summer trends.

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Have you got the love?

…for this Valentine’s Day? Here’s a treat for those who want to show some love for another with fabulous bags as gifts, those who want to say it with flowers but with a twist, and those who want to show some red hot love for themselves. Are you ready for a quick two minutes to indulge in the 10 designers showing the love this year? There’s something for everyone in this bag edit of love.

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That’s a wrap! 2021’s bag styles reviewed

The regular Bagwhispers readers amongst you will know that each month, I share my favourite five bags from instagram, in ‘something for the weekend’. They are favourites for various reasons: channelling a key shape or colour of the season or just being fabulous at standing out. I’ve reviewed each month’s round-up and picked one stand out bag from each month’s instagram edit. If you’re sitting comfortably, let’s celebrate the bags of 2021 that made an impact. Here are top 12 bags of 2021.

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Best of the end of year designer handbag sales

It feels like there have been sales for over a month now but it’s the end of year sales that offer the biggest discounts on designer bags. And I’ve been reviewing those well known designer retailers; farfetch, net-a-porter and as it’s in my home town, Harrods. Ive already perused Selfridges bag sale separately. So save your viewing time, here’s the best pick of 10 designer bags in the new year sales.

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