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.”
It’s not a surprise for fashion in pastels to appear in spring/summer. Last year we saw the resurgence of lilac accessories. Good news, this year, any hue of pastel will be on trend, as long as you co-ordinate with your outfit. And just like Max Mara who showed the leather bag in their SS21 fashion show, pretty does not mean small and discreet – this year any shape will go. Here are my five favourite pastel bags spotted on insta this month. Enjoy the inspiration from April.Continue reading “Pretty in pastels on insta this month.”
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.
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.
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?
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”
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…
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”
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This Sunday is a round up of the bags on instagram in the summer month of June (if you’re in the northern hemisphere), however, the month’s round up is a special one; it’s the five bag designers with sustainability at their heart. These designers bring us a full range of bag styles; from totes, handbags to backpacks that can work in all seasons (so something for fashionistas in all parts of the globe). Let’s not waste time and dive into the bag designers who give us lots of eco fashion options.Continue reading “Something for the weekend – sustainable bags on insta in June”
When scrolling the designer bag options introduced on instagram this month, there was a style that was stand out, the fringe embellishment. Whether you need a tote, handbag or evening bag, check out the fringe benefits of these bags. I feel an Ibiza holiday vibe coming on!Continue reading “The bag trend on insta this May!”
As we get ready to say farewell to March and hello to April, it’s time for a round up on fashion’s largest window, instagram. It feels like we’re moving closer to getting out and about so inspiration for the spring and summer wardrobes is needed. For the regulars who pop into Bagwhispers.com know that they can spare the internet scrolling and enjoy a short, sharp edit of bag fashion each month. And this month, I’ve got some treats for you!Continue reading “#fridayfeeling – the 5 favourite bags on insta this March”