March is here and that means that our stores are now full of the fashion for spring and summer. And back by popular demand is the top 10 list of bags that rock the season’s trends, all under £100. For those of you with a fixed budget in mind, I’ve not compromised on quality and have found you the bags that will save you money and keep you on trend.
Firstly, let’s have a quick recap of the 7 key fashion trends for this spring and summer
- Neutral outfits – go head to toe in beige and keep your bag brown
- Long shorts – casual and formal. Think belt bag or drawstring bags
- Tie dye – and light denim. Accent with a bright coloured bag
- 80’s revival – big shoulders and contrast with a PVC bag
- Frills and bows – embellishments on clothes and fringes on your bag
- Utilitarian – think jumpsuits. Oversized bags and backpacks
- Lace and crochet outfits to be complimented with woven bags
To check out a selection of designer brown bags (in fact 10 of them for this season) have a quick view of Never a frown with golden brown feature. However, for those wanting a bargain, may I suggest these two structural beauties. To the left from Cos, an origami leather bag for £99. To the right, from Matt and Nat, Vegan Boxy crossbody bag for £98 (available at John Lewis if you’re in the UK).
Belts and Drawstring
Belt bags are no longer the territory of summer festivals and the drawstring bag is more than a gym bag. With this year’s trend of longer shorts, including the athleisure wear of cycling shorts (I kid you not), opt for either one of these styles. To the left, the leather croc belt bag is available at £59 from & Other Stories. To the right, the leather bucket drawstring bag comes in two colours at Mango for £49.99.
Brightly coloured bags
From hibiscus reds to yellows including the 1980’s neon colourss, go forth and boldly into Spring and Summer with your accessories! Easier to do on casual days but these two options should inspire. And pay homage this year too, to one of the fashion industry’s leading designers – on the left from Farfetch, the Karl Lagerfeld super mini crossbody bag for £85. On the right, from Zara, opt for the raffia crossbody bag @£49.99.
If you choose to avoid the neon pinks and greens, go completely clear with a PVC tote. Last year we saw these bags creep on to the scene, flaunting their designer’s logo. This year they are a clear favourite for summer time (excuse the pun!) and they are available at much more reasonable prices. My favourite for all over styling is from Zara with the leather trim with belt buckle and the option to carry as a handbag or shoulder bag. Available at £49.99.
Frills and thrills
If you don’t want to opt for oversized bows and lots of frills on your outfit, embellish your bag instead. It’s a great way to avoid adding volume to your body and in fact improving your proportions by opting for an oversize bag. The runways were full of oversize totes but I’ve found this stand out option for you from Next. This red leather fringe shopper bag is available for £80.
Think boiler suits, combat trousers and more dressy jumpsuits. Work this look with hands-free bags. Yes, belt bags will work here. But for those days when you need to carry more, the yellow Ripstop one shoulder backpack from Urban Outfitters, for £32 is a great choice – combine more than one trend and opt for one of the season’s colours too.
Lace and crochet tops and dresses will be a strong summer feature. And the bag to match is a crafted bag too; one that has been woven. Yes last year’s straw bags will be great on holiday. However, for your home country, keep on trend this year by selecting a more structured bag. Check out these two options; on the left from ASOS the structured basket bag @£35. On the right from shoemakers Dune, the tan rattan basket bag @£73.
There you have it, over 10 bags that rock one of the SS’19 fashion trends but all under £100. Kerching! Bargains bagged. In the meantime, keep up to date with the SS’19 collections from the designers by popping by at
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