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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Colours of Spring and Summer 2021

Right now, if you’re on trend, you’ll have bright reds, bright pinks and brown and blacks in your winter wardrobe, albeit in leisurewear rather than suits and skirts – lockdown giving us an established loungewear look! If you’re thinking about Christmas gifts or wanting to spot a bargain in the winter sales for 2021, plan for spring and summer and seek out the 10 key colours to spot.

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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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Saturday Special – the bags on insta this October

Something for the weekend is back and it’s great when you get something more for nothing and this weekend, most of us in the northern hemisphere will be enjoying an extra hour as the clocks go back tonight. But all of us can enjoy something a bit more when you use a tall tote bag – it has the economy of scale – you get the benefits of more space without having the wide dimensions. And here are my 5 favourite tall bags on instagram this month.

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Virtual goes live at the SS’21 fashion shows

The first fashion shows post lockdown and things have changed. How these changes might influence the industry going forwards will be interesting to watch and experience. SS’21 saw a some designers presenting their collections virtually and it was all about video production, with others braving the established format with runways and a few creating a mix of the physical and virtual! But whatever the media and access, the main fashion capitals from New York to Milan didn’t disappoint on bag fashion for SS’21. Here’s the low down on the bag trends to note:

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Getting your vintage on

Thrift shopping has always been popular but for the last five years there has been a growing appetite to become more sustainable and a new energy in buying secondhand and preloved bags. You can find lots of online stores which create a marketplace to introduce buyers and sellers of designer brands. And more recently, you can find websites where you can rent a designer bag for a selected time period. But amongst all these options there is a new type of thrift shopping, a company in mainland Europe is specialising in vintage and you can enjoy 15% off.

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How to bag a designer bag bargain for AW’20

Calling all bargain shoppers. Three years ago I went to one of the UK’s premier designer outlet shopping villages and returned with 3 top tips on how you could bag a designer bag deal at Bicester. I’ve since returned to Oxfordshire, post lockdown, to see if the designer outlets are still worth considering. Here’s what I found out with a visit to Bicester in September 2020.

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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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King of the beads

There is one bag that recycles itself nicely from a summer’s night out to a winter party night and that’s the beaded bag.  And this is the time to pick up a bargain if you aren’t already an owner, as you’ll catch many beaded bags in the end of summer sales.  If you are shopping, my top tip is to think ahead of what you might wear to say Christmas cocktails, so the beaded bag can transition your wardrobe seamlessly.  Here are a collection of beaded bags, some iconic brands that can carry a hefty price tag with some bargain options thrown in too.  Here are the 10 beaded bag brands and styles for nights out out! Continue reading “King of the beads”

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Red alert for autumn and winter

There was one colour that really stood out for accessories on the AW’20 runways and that was red and you could find it quilted, padded, textured, a background to a plaid check, on large or small bags. However, if you pop down to instagram right now, you’ll be hard pressed to find bags in red. But I don’t give up easily and this something for the weekend spotlight brings you full on red inspiration in all shapes and sizes. So if you are sitting comfortably…

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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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The chain gang! The bag style for AW’20

As you sashay through autumn and right up until the end of March next year, make sure your look is a bag with a chain strap, or at least with a chain embellishments, to rock one of the trending bag styles.  If you’re someone who loves investment bags, this’ll be the season to remove the dust bag from your Stella McCartney Falabella or the classic Chanel flap shoulder bag; lucky you if you have one in tweed as you’ll double down on the season’s trends; chain and check!  However, if you find that chain straps can make a bag unnecessarily heavy, it’s time to give them a second go as there are lots of new designs to consider.  Here’s my top buy chain bags for you…and your shoulders. Continue reading “The chain gang! The bag style for AW’20”

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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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10 fashion bags for the autumn/winter that are in the sales now. Grab a bargain!

I wanted to see if I could get ahead on the autumn/winter wardrobe and find a bag to accessorise the trends but also set myself the challenge of finding a bargain.  To do this, I headed to Farfetch, which is one of the many online destinations that sources designer fashion from hundreds of labels and boutiques all around the world.  I don’t work for them, nor do I earn a commission from them, however I’ve chosen them because you can access the site wherever you are in the world.  I’ve trawled their sale and am delighted to report I’ve found 10 bags that that rock one of the five key trends for autumn/winter.  Bargain shopping here we come!

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Weave through the high street hits for summer

In many places across the world lockdown is easing and the non essential shops are getting ready to open.  However, the last two to three months saw most of us switch to online.  So it’s probably worth reminding ourselves of the gems that can be found on our towns’ and cities’ high streets.  Let’s take a more local view and see where we can support the shops that are on the high street, which provide a central hub and local employment. And let’s take a wardrobe staple, the summer woven bag, to show the striking designs that you can uncover. Here are 10 of the best woven bags to discover now; from under £10 to £300.

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AW’20 fashion bag trends

The fashion shows for autumn winter ’20 collections were way back in March when the spread of coronavirus was all consuming.  Now that most countries are beginning their phased exists out of lockdown, let’s look back at the shows from New York, London, Paris and Milan for the bag trends for the autumn winter fashions.  You can sum up over 200 designers’ bag into 5 key bag trends, from distinctive shapes, top openers and soft textures.

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Women’s fashion trends for AW’20

It’s unusual for me to share the trends of a future season so early; however, I think there’s a benefit to getting ahead.  When lockdown is lifted expect to be bombarded with messages from all brands; helping to stimulate demand and help the economy bounce back.  However, whether it’s been a case of having less to spend or changing priorities, our fashion consumption has reduced.  There’ll be lots of promotions to entice you back to former habits as lockdowns are lifted.  So the aim of this article is to give you a round up of the 7 women’s fashion trends for this autumn/winter, so you can shop smartly.  Scan the fashion trends summary below to know what to look for. Continue reading “Women’s fashion trends for AW’20”

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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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Come together, but apart. Men’s bags on lock down

Us women know our bag collection however big or small; each bag will have a distinctive purpose.  Men often make a bag work for all uses, for example, the bag for a laptop, will work as a weekend bag, gym bag and so on.  However, in these unusual times, with time out of the home for specific purposes only, men are finding they need more bag options.  For the fashion loving men, here’s your guide to the bags that are high on function and never knowingly undersold on style.   These are my five favourite bag brands on instagram that will see you through these strange times.

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Walk this way! Crossbody bags 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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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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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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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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Sunday Special – the bags on insta this September

Something for the weekend is back for September and instagram has been trawled. And this month it has been all about the four cities’ SS’21 fashion shows; from New York to Paris (with the official opening of Paris on 28 September). To get a feel of how the four cities are reimagining their collection launches, in the new world of social distancing, some designers are keeping with the physical show where others are embracing the virtual. As a result, my instagram feed is full of video clips. So, I’ve viewed and scrolled and spotted some bags that capture the trends for SS’21. So, if you’re sitting comfortably, here’s a whistle stop tour of the shows’ styles.

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