Walk this way! Crossbody this way…

Right now, with differing levels of lock down, there’s one thing that we are being asked to do, to keep safe and well, is use our one outdoor visit to go for a walk.  The ideal companion is the crossbody bag for the phone, card wallet, keys and the essential packet of tissues. The crossbody wasn’t due to be a feature this spring and summer, the bag was due to be parked and swapped for the shoulder bag.   Alas, let’s welcome it back and walk this way to find a few budget and designer options!   Here’s your quick guide to the on trend crossbody bags for SS’20 with a few fun options thrown in to swing like you just don’t care!

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Big Bag Baby! Something for the weekend.

This Sunday Special is all about the oversized. This is one of the rare, guilt free moments, to go super size…on your bag. That’s right, once these virus days are over, you’ll want to channel one of the key fashion trends from the SS’20 runways – the oversized tote bag. And this isn’t some far out crystal ball prediction. Think about it, after all the days on lock down, when we get the green light to move freely again, we’re going to want to max the hell out of those daylight hours. And there’s only one bag that can help you navigate all your needs from day to night, and that’s the ‘on trend’ large tote bags.

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No matter your location, the bags for remote working

Most of us have had to change our place of work recently. And being able to work remotely and change your location, requires a bag big enough to carry your laptop, charger, notepad, phone and maybe a change of clothes With these backpacks you can get the most out of work, without compromising on style or design. Who said that a laptop backpack had to be black? There’s only one black backpack in this collection of the top 10 laptop bags.

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Which designer fashion store is best for the bags of 2020?

It’s a weird time to review which designer store is best for the fashion bags for spring/summer 2020 when a global pandemic if forcing us to ‘batten down the hatches’. Making adjustments as the virus affects the spring calendar can come in the form of lowering your budget for your spring/summer designer wardrobe. So what happens when you compare 3 of the top designer stores when searching for the perfect designer fashion bag, whilst setting a maximum spending limit of £1000?

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Something for the weekend – a white out!

A new month, hello March, and my something for the weekend celebrates one of the key summer trends; wear white from head to toe.  Each month I take time out and trawl the ‘gram to find you the best of the bags – it’s my five favourite bags of the week on instagram.  And whilst the media tries to distract us with all things viral, here’s my distraction, giving you something to look forward to, the summer!  Whether its a casual weekend away or a special occasion, when wearing white, the top tip to keep on trend, is to white out your accessories.  And here are my top picks! Continue reading “Something for the weekend – a white out!”

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Are you leaping into love on 29th February?

With an extra day in February, why not indulge in one of the well known leap year traditions? 29th February was the day that women broke with tradition and asked their loved ones to marry them. Folklore says this tradition came from Ireland in the 5th century and spread through Europe. I don’t have any brands based in the emerald island, but for this Saturday special, if you’re feeling the love, grab one of these bags to accompany your proposal.

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The favourites on insta this week!

Before we say goodbye to February and its extra leap year day, it’s been one busy month, with all the AW fashion shows and this weekend, every news site and magazine has been busy confirming the return of the 1990’s show Friends. And once you scrolled past images of the gang, AW/Fall fashion shows, with Kendall Jenner closing Versace in Milan, I wouldn’t be surprised if your scrolling finger gave up. But I’m here to reassure you that if you’re looking for spring fashion inspiration, the feeds are starting to fill up and I’ve got my favourite fashion bags spotted on instagram, as something for the weekend.

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The best bags for Spring/Summer 2020 for under £100!

In London UK this weekend, it’s very difficult to think about the brighter and warmer days of spring and summer coming soon.  We’ve got Storm Dennis howling winds and rain mixed with designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Kane, Rejina Pyo showing their AW’20 collections at London Fashion Week.  However I will not be deterred from my mission of rounding up some of the best fashion bags, all for under £100.

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Men NOT in black! Fashion trends for men for SS’20

If you’ve had the chance to peruse Esquire, GQ or Vogue you’ll know that splashes of colour were front and centre on the men’s SS’20 runways.  As the fashion show inspiration is beginning to appear in our stores and online, you’ll spot the return of distinct items such as the rugby shirt and 1950’s inspired bowling shirt.  But as the clue is in the website title, Bagwhispers, I’m all about the bags; what will the guys be carrying this spring/summer? Continue reading “Men NOT in black! Fashion trends for men for SS’20”

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The latest bags for 2020 – best bags to spot

As January’s pay packet has arrived, I’m finding a few friends asking “What bag for spring and summer should they be on the look out for this year?” Well I’ve written 3 articles so far on what SS’20 bag styles that will be popping up (scroll to the end for links); from what bags are showing up on instagram, what styles were featured on the SS’20 catwalks, as well as a round up on the key fashion trends.  Now that the New Year sales are pretty much finished.  you can start to see the refreshing spring bag trends on the shelves and in the searches on shopping websites.  So where should you head to…

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Bag trends 2020: Guide to the fashion bags

Whether you’ve got lots of spare cash about or prefer to bag a bargain, the catwalks are the ideal starting place for inspiration and planning a new season wardrobe.  If you didn’t happen to make it to Paris, New York, London or Milan (back in September), here’s your guide to the designer handbags for Spring/Summer ’20.  Introducing six fashion trends and the fashion bags, spotted on the runways. Continue reading “Bag trends 2020: Guide to the fashion bags”

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What will you be wearing in spring – fashion trends for SS’20

Here’s your guide to SS’20 fashion trends. It’s your quick way to get ready for when the Christmas and New Year sales are finished and the stores start filling up with the new fashion for your spring and summer wardrobe. There are 5 key trends to put on your radar:

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London’s calling all bag lovers

If you’re thinking of visiting London in 2020, a stop in South Kensington, to the V&A museum, should be high on the list. This wonderfully fashion centric destination will be home to 300 items curated for a show, Bags: Inside & Out. From all sizes of items in which we carry our belongings, expect to see the original Fendi baguette, a Fabergé egg bag by New York’s Judith Leiber to Marc Jacobs one-off for Louis Vuitton. Whilst we wait for the doors to swing open to this exhibition in April, let’s think about what bag will be ideal for a city break. Yes, the crossbody is the bag that lets you be hands-free as you roam. Here are the 10 crossbody bags that will work well with London’s vibrant scene.

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The evening bags to make your party dress pop

The party season is around the corner and whether you’re dusting off the LBD (little black dress) or rocking a jumpsuit, you’ll need a bag to carry your essentials that adds the fun factor. Here are the evening bags from clutches to shoulder bags to swing out to that will add that colour pop to your party dress!

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An ABC guide to the classic designer bags

When it comes to the best designer handbags, there are many lists out there. Ones showcasing the most popular, the best investments, the classic bags. But when you’ve decided that you want to treat yourself to a designer bag that will stand the test of time, where do you start? Try this list if you don’t want to sell your car to own a Hèrmes or are too full of anxiety about fakes when buying second hand.

This list is no ordinary collection of designer bags. What you have here is a list of 10 well known designers, whose bag styles have and will stand the test of time. It’s been curated to ensure a great cost per wear. These iconic bags will delight future outfits and yes, you’ll take them out of the dust bag more than once a year!

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If you could turn back time – you can! Vintage handbag styles for today

It’s not just the clocks that have gone back for daylight saving (albeit mainly in the northern hemisphere).  Or Cher who is currently on tour in the UK belting out  ‘if I could turn back time…’.  The autumn and winter fashion trends are jam packed with retro styling.  There is a strong sense of déjà vu this season when it comes to handbag fashion.  So to help you avoid making a fashion faux pas, here’s your guide to the vintage styles to rock, in case you’re thinking about raiding your grandmother’s wardrobe!

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One of the best streets in London for bags

And no, I don’t mean Oxford Street and its mile long strip of shops catering for all budgets. Nor do I mean the designer handbag shops on Bond Street, be it on both it’s New and Old ends! Undeniably both these established retail addresses offer lots of choice. But it’s a neighbouring street that really does offer the handbag shopper one of the best experiences.

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Something for the weekend – the best bags on instagram this week

This week’s Sunday Specials are my 5 favourite bags spotted on instagram over the last week that bring you a taster of the pre Autumn or Fall and Winter ’19 fashion trends for bags.  Get ahead and be inspired with a healthy serving of AW’19 instabags!   If you’re sitting comfortably…

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Be a sale survivor – bag the bargain!

It’s that time of year when the weather is keeping us outside but the shops are enticing us back in with their summer sales.  This isn’t big news or in fact news at all.  What is news is how to navigate the sales so you avoid buying a bag that you will never, ever carry.  I’m going to help you from falling for the big price slash, how to resist the temptation of a big saving, all without the use of any mind games.  How?  Read on….

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Bags of fun! Are these bags for real?

When you want to catch the eye on a day out, sometimes it’s worth considering the power of a handbag. Bags of fun are those bags that are off the scale for stand out design but might not be high on function. Here are 10 designers that make room in their collection for a bit of fun whilst staying true on their design credentials.

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Something for the weekend? A new bag perhaps!

Today’s Saturday Special sees the return of ‘Something for the Weekend’ where you have my favourite five bags spotted on instagram over the last week.  And why do these bags reach parts that others don’t? Because they offer you the right combination of colour and fashion in one.  Here’s your summer handbag inspiration in 5 glorious steps!

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Red, white and black, let’s mix it up!

Today’s something for weekend are the bags spotted on instagram which have got the summer vibe and who isn’t ready for a summer of fun! A summer wardrobe is all about white and accents. And for eye catching accents you can’t go more dramatic than red and black! With just five bags, I’ve got casual and special occasion bags covered. If you’re sitting comfortably, let’s get inspired!

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Get your back up! Fashion backpacks for women

Well hello to the girls who are getting in on the backpack action!  Once the domain of the boys heading to and from the office, carrying laptop and gym kit; now as I walk around the city by day I spot more and more girls with their bags on their backs.  AND this stands true when I exclude the teenage girls with their Fjällräven packs and the ever popular Longchamp Le Pliage nylon backpacks.  Here are 10 different backpack styles.

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Never tear us apart!

On what was scheduled to be the first weekend post Brexit, where Britain waved its goodbyes to the rest of Europe, this ‘something for the weekend‘ is a celebration of Europe’s fabulous handbag designers.  Despite the political struggles, the joy of the continent’s craftsmanship and quality of materials will always stand out. And in true SFTW style, here are the top finds on instagram this week – the European handbag designers that might not be front mind, but should be for SS19 inspiration.

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Working 9 to 5! Bags for the office

Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’, so sang Dolly. Most of us have to and will head to an office 5 days a week to earn our living. About 1 in 5 of my friends (only 20%) will change their handbag during the week – the other 80% will carry an old faithful until it requires retiring. Whether you need a new addition or a replacement, feast your eyes on these stylish bags to add that extra bit of style to your work wardrobe.

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Be a queen of the retro!

One sure way to stand out this Spring and Summer is to add a retro accent to your outfit. There’s no better way to do this than using your bag to add that eye catching twist. And whilst there’s a nod to the 90’s in the SS19 list of trends, you can go further back to earlier decades in the 20th century for style ideas. Here are 5 designer bags to inspire your retro vibe.

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White lines…

…not by Grandmaster Flash but by Bagwhispers. Here is the white bag edit that shouldnt be warned against! This is for your summer outfits, as spotted and curated from the fashion inspiration source, Instagram. I’m here to save you time and find you the shapes and colours to rock your seasonal wardrobe.

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Never a frown with golden brown

So sang The Stranglers! And this spring and summer you need to get your golden brown on and any other shade from a creamy beige to dark tan. This is the colour to accessorise one of the key fashion trends for women this year.

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Something for the weekend, be on red alert!

If you go down to Instagram today, you’re sure to get a surprise! The bag designer Instagram feeds are full on red! If you haven’t got a red bag in your collection yet, get your hands on one as it’s looking like the colour to accent with AND good news there are some in the new year sales if you’re wanting a bargain.

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The font of all knowledge – the logo bag

For the last couple of seasons designer brands have become much more noticeable on the side of their handbag collections.  Luxury brands, once the prevailers of minimalist logos, in keeping with the mantra less is more, the more being reflected in the quality of materials, workmanship and the price tag, are now becoming bolder than ever. And not just in the women’s collection – the men can share in the font action too. Continue reading “The font of all knowledge – the logo bag”

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10 bag designers with eco focus and sustainability at the heart of their brand

Looking to carry a crafted bag with a clear conscience?  Here in the UK we’ve already had 3 years of getting used to bringing our own bag to the supermarket to cut down on plastic – Blue Planet II’s impact is reaching far and wide.  And now you might be thinking what else can I do.

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Something for the weekend – bag yourself some art!

This Spring you are forgiven for choosing a bag with its ‘all over colour’, likely to be a pastel (maybe lilac) or primary (pillar box red), the two key colour trends.  Single colour bags are everywhere.  But let’s not overlook those whose designs are intriguing, so much so, its practically art!  Step away from the monochrome and say hello to the detail!

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Saddle up – your next bag is here!

Anyone else thinking that a saddle bag was last seen in the Wild West?  Well my bag loving friends, the saddle bag is a welcome feature for Spring and Summer.  The curved aesthetic of the bottom of the bag brings a refreshing shape to the crossbody and shoulder bag.

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Is Etsy worth a handbag shop?

I love discovering handbag designers and I wondered whether it was time to take a break from the high street and online shops and checkout Etsy, the home of handmade and vintage goods.   Is it possible to uncover the next upcoming handbag designer on Etsy?

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Denim 101: Tips on the bags to carry

When it comes to an item of clothing we may all share, the humble pair of jeans has got to be up there.  In shades from ice blue to dark indigo, with maybe an extra pair too; black with well placed rips or a pair of ankle cropped whites for the summer holidays?

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8 best bags to rock your street style look

Before we dive into my guide to street style accessories, maybe we should start with answering, what is street style? Not wanting to sound like I’ve just left a sociology class muttering about youth subcultures, this is a look that is sometimes easier to visualise rather than put into words.

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Saturday Special – the bags on insta this week for Spring

Something for the weekend is back after the Christmas break. And instagram has been trawled to save you the scrolling and repetitive strain finger injuries! Today’s Saturday Special are the bags spotted on insta this week that will rock a Spring/Summer fashion trend. Here in the northern hemisphere we’ve had the shortest day of the year, so let’s say thanks to the handbag designers who are getting us ready to adopt the new season.

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Spring into the sales – bag a hero

Looking at the stats, one of my most popular posts is the guide to the sales. I’m here to stop you being hypnotised by a double figure discount and buying an item that goes straight to the back of the closet, without even being worn. As some of the end of year sales are beginning to surface, I’m here to give you the top tips on what to look for in the New Year sales. First, a quick checklist of where to start:

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