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.Continue reading “How to go vegan with your 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 trend, 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.Continue reading “Cute times for bag fashion”
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.Continue reading “That’s a wrap! 2021’s bag styles reviewed”
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.Continue reading “Best of the end of year designer handbag sales”
News this week, the retail icon, Selfridges, has been sold and has new owners. This means that this is the last New Year sale under existing management. So what is available in the bag sale? Well, there are over 300 bags with discounts, something to expect from a retailer that has always delivered a diverse range of designer bags. However, after scrolling through hundreds of bags, here’s my pick of the top 10 designer bag bargains at Selfridges. Disclaimer 😉 these aren’t the biggest discounts available (averaging 30% off) but they are still probably, the best picks.Continue reading “What does the icon Selfridges put on sale when it has just been sold?”
This weekend is a walk down Instagram Lane for a review of the best bags in December. Usually ‘something for the weekend’ spotlights 5 bags of the month but as it’s the season for giving, here’s the bumper edit of 10 of the best designer bags on the ‘gram this month. There’s something for everyone, whatever your style. Hope you enjoy!Continue reading “Something for the festive weekend”
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.Continue reading “The fashion trends for SS’22”
When you know a man who is need of a new bag, Christmas is an ideal time to refresh his style. And there’s no shortage of options. What was once a second thought, here’s an extensive selection of man bags to set a new standard for work, casual or weekend wardrobes. Welcome to an edit of over 10 bags for the man in your life.Continue reading “Men’s bags for Christmas gifts 2021”
It’s the time of year when a very specific bag size and shape is required. Not too big yet not too small. With or without a strap – depending on how much dancing with your hands in the air! Yes, it’s time to dust off the small but mighty bag, that’s got a bit of sparkle or colour pop. Slim and trim to hold the phone, lippy💋, bank cards and keys. Something for the weekend brings you a party bag edit to inspire for the holiday season, be it Christmas or New Year.Continue reading “Last bit of prep…the party bag!”
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…Continue reading “Bags for special occasions”
This weekend is a varied one, with people relaxing from Thanksgiving, sharing time with family for Hanukkah, on a beach in the southern hemisphere (very jealous) or busy shopping, enjoying the Black Friday and Cyber weekend discounts! In and amongst all these distractions, the Fairy Bagwhisphers has been down to instagram on your behalf and kept a note of some standout bags. And to her surprise a bag trend was dominant, the curved bottom bags!Continue reading “Saturday Special! The best bags on insta in November”
It’s that time of year where different retailers across the world start announcing their launch dates for various sales – news just in, November sales have already begun this year. What we were once introduced to as Black Friday, following Thanksgiving (back in the US around 2005), the big discount day has even surpassed the extension to the following Monday. And, thankfully designer bags are included in the discount mix. So here’s what to expect in the bag sales in various locations around the world.Continue reading “Diary date for designer sales – Black Friday and Cyberweek, from 22 to 29 November”
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 trends of the next season, 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.Continue reading “Hands up for a preview of the SS’22 designer bag trends”
There’s something for everyone this month. The fashion brands on instagram treated us well with loads of wardrobe inspiration, wherever you are in the world; the colder northern hemisphere or the sunny southern parts of the globe. The five favourite bags on instagram this month offer you an evening bag, a casual weekend bag, a winter warmer to shapes and textures that are spot on this season. So if you’re sitting comfortably, put your feet up, relax the scrolling finger because here’s the edit from the ‘gram for October.Continue reading “Something for the weekend – best bags on insta this October”
…one of these 5 bags! Whether you need inspiration for your own bag collection; maybe you’re fed up with using the same ole bag or in fact, you’re fed up with having to return the gifts you received in the new year sale chaos. Are you ready to drop some (heavy) hints (by forwarding this article!) or make a note to self for any Black Friday shopping lists. Rest assured, there’s a bag in this list that you would be delighted to unwrap come Christmas morning. I’m delighted to present to 5 bags for Christmas presents for December 2021!Continue reading “All I want for Christmas is…”
Need inspiration for the forthcoming party season? Think Halloween parties, college balls, award ceremonies, thanksgiving gatherings, festive parties. And today is National Handbag Day (I kid you not), somewhere in world and handbags are the ideal party bag. However, there are many bag shapes and styles to consider for the party season; whether it’s a LBD or a full on sequined outfit. These are the bags that won’t cramp your style but can carry your essentials.Continue reading “Bags of party vibes”
As international Fashion Weeks continue showcasing next year’s spring and summer inspiration, here’s something for the weekend for those who are feeling the seasons change but are seeking the trends for cooler temperatures. I love falling into autumn and winter as the fashion becomes richer not just in colour but texture. And the best bags on insta in September all celebrate a colour or texture to stand out. So if you’re sitting comfortably, here’s your quick fire edit of the five favourite bags for winter 2021.Continue reading “Sunday Special: best on instagram in September”
Here’s the guide to what to wear – the outfits, what to carry – the bags and the colours, all from the designer AW’21 fashion shows. If you love a knit, you are in for a treat! When it comes to carrying your phone and wallet, keep your lines clean and avoid using the pockets and choose from one of the two bag styles. So if you are sitting comfortably, here’s the men’s fashion edit for this winter season.Continue reading “Roll up! Men’s fashion round up with the trends for the AW’21 season”
Are you getting ready to go to college or university next month? If so, the shopping list is probably quite long whether you are staying on campus or in shared accommodation, and the fashion bag or bags you want in your wardrobe for the academic year are far from the top of the priority list. To help you find the bag in quick time, here’s your inspiration of top 10 bags for student days.Continue reading “Back to school – fresh fashion bags”
This isn’t just something for the weekend, this is your round up of the favourite bags on instagram this month, which you will see, stand out from the crowd and will get you lots of bag love in return. Instagram can be increasingly difficult to navigate nowadays, with so much on the platform, its difficult to see the wood or forest for the trees! But rest easy as here comes your edit of the bags for summer days and nights. If you’re sitting comfortably…Continue reading “Bags of summer love”
It was another digital fashion launch, the AW’21 runways were virtual. And with the lockdowns the impact on creativity could have left us with many reinterpretations of Bridgerton’s Regency romantic outfits, which seemed to be the only fashion being talked about at the start of 2021! However, the designers in New York, Milan, London and Paris treated us to textures galore, from chunky knits a la Chloé, to figure hugging sheer dresses and body suits, thank you Tom Ford! But what about the bags?Continue reading “AW’21 bag trends – the shortlist”
And I don’t mean the paper ones with ribbon handles used as alternative wrapping or an elegant way to transport a gift. I’m talking about being confident enough to buy a friend or loved on a new bag all wrapped up as the gift! I’ve heard people shy away from buying someone a bag, with style and shape being so personal or being overwhelmed by the fashion trends of the season. One solution is to wrap up one of the classic designer bag icons. However, if the budget doesn’t allow or isn’t appropriate, here are six bags that just never go out of style, that won’t break the bank and will be coveted by other friends!Continue reading “The best birthday gift bag!”
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.Continue reading “Beach boys…and girls. Unisex bags for summer.”
One of the fashion trends for this year is the mesh or see through look, often quoted as a sheer ‘second skin’. And this goes for your bags too as it’s all about matching your bag to your outfit. One of the easiest ways to achieve this accessories’ look is to get your weave on and opt for a string bag, traditionally viewed as a shopper or holiday bag, well now it’s official, carry it all spring and summer. There are plenty to choose from and here’s your rundown of the best ones on the market. The top 5 string bags, from below £10 and up to £1000. Budget to designer options always!Continue reading “It’s nearly time to pull on the strings – 5 best string bags for summer”
This spring and summer welcomes new shades of colour. And the good news doesn’t stop there. There isn’t a dominant colour for the season; there’s a colour for every skin tone (much appreciated from the fair skinned amongst us). The only trend to remember is to match your accessories to your outfit – spring and summer is all about toning. So if you love wearing colour, your bag should rock the hue too. Here are over 10 budget and designer bags of colour that are guaranteed to pop!Continue reading “Bags of colour for SS’21”
Tote bags come in all shapes and sizes; tall ones, wide ones, small to oversize and as we emerge from various lockdowns around the world, we’ll be reaching for our totes so we can start to enjoy days out, maybe a bit of shopping or even travel plans! Here you’ll find 10 top tote bags ranging from £26 to over £2000, a bag for every budget. All tick different trends for SS’21, even if you opt for a high street store bags as opposed to a designer brand option. And you’ll even find one especially designed for International Women’s Day this month, raising charity contributions along the way. Let’s start this list of tote bags, from the cheapest to the most expensive.Continue reading “Totally Totes! Let’s get ready to shop or travel.”
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!Continue reading “It’s time for something for the weekend and the theme is go wide!”
There’s a tangible sense of optimism in the air; brighter days, vaccine roll out ,with what we hope, will be the easing of lockdowns around the world soon. Some of us are daring to think about a spring and summer wardrobe and getting out and about in our local areas, from March to September, is looking possible. Now there are lots of articles here at Bagwhispers to give you armchair viewing of the fashion trends for spring and summer ’21 but below is a quick demo on how you can take the inspiration from the designers and spend a bit more conservatively and keep to a budget.Continue reading “Designer or high street? What’s your take for SS’21?”
When you look at some of the trends from the men’s fashion collections for this spring and summer, the utility trend; bomber jackets and 1970’s retro jackets and trousers, designed with many jacket and trouser pockets, you’d think there wouldn’t be a need for men’s bags. However, keeping the silhouettes sharp, bags for men are very much part of finishing the look. Here’s a guide to the bags to wear in SS’21.Continue reading “Men’s fashion and bag styles for SS’21”
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.Continue reading “Top of the weekend to you and your bag!”
Fashion has long been accepting of incorporating high street labels into your season’s wardrobe and bags are no exception. And, the start of the year is often a time when we set ourselves goals, one of which might be to spend less or to save more. The good news is the high street labels, once terrible for good looking and quality bags (zips to tear your skin off, if you’re not careful) are now a delight for on trend bag fashion. So with the spring and summer 2021 fashion trends in mind, here’s my top 10 of high street hits for bag fashion.Continue reading “High street hits at the start of 2021”
With the clue in the title, I’m hoping you’re sitting comfortably. Here’s a whistle stop tour of a selection of the SS’21 fashion shows. Whilst there are 6 key fashion trends for SS’21, there’s really only ONE fashion bag trend. The good news is you can get away with a bag in any shape or form; the trend is to make it compliment your outfit. This is the year of dropping the accents and ensure your outfit and bag are in pure harmony. How do you do this? Easy! Take a look at these designers for inspiration.Continue reading “Armchair guide to women’s fashion trends of 2021”
My end of year round up of the designer bags that have just gone into the sales not only brings you over 50% savings but also bags that rock one of the key fashion trends for spring and summer 2021. I’ve honed in on three of the trends, to ensure there’s a bag to suit all tastes.Continue reading “Over 10 designer bag hits from the sales that will rock this spring and summer”
Whilst next year’s Spring and Summer fashion trends were showcased in September, I think now’s a good time to get the key trends from New York to Milan put on the radar, so you can do some serious hinting for your Christmas list or see what you can spot in the new year sales that you can restyle. What trend will you be wearing next year? There are 6 to watch out for:Continue reading “The fashion trends for SS’21”
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.Continue reading “Lots of rural charm in the country!”
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.Continue reading “Colours of Spring and Summer 2021”
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!Continue reading “Shout out to the small bag businesses”
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:Continue reading “Virtual goes live at the SS’21 fashion shows”
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!Continue reading “Stocks? Shares? Gold? No a handbag!”
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.
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”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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”
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”
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.
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!
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.