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….

This is your guide to smart shopping and know what bag to buy so you can hop and skip into the next season with a bag ready to rock an Autumn/winter 2019 trend.  Here’s the top 10 bags spotted in the early summer sales.  If you’re sitting comfortably this Sunday, let’s begin.

10. Dolce & Gabbana

Bags with a top handle are here to stay.  New is the AW19 trend of comfy and cosy.   With this floral velvet box bag, you won’t be able to stop stroking the side on a night out!  Dolce & Gabbana’s floral velvet box bag has stud detailing which adds a winter finish.  Down from £2400 to £1440.  Save 40%!

Dolce & Gabbana Summer Handbag Sale

9. Large tote from Michael Kors

This summer saw the introduction of the oversize tote bag.  And whilst the Blakely leather tote bag from Michael Kors isn’t the largest tote on the market, its structure gives the impression it’s bigger than it actually is (ideal if you need to navigate lots of commuters enroute to work).  Was £540 but is available at various discounts.  Spotted now selling at £324 and as low as £269 (at Harrods).  Savings of up to 50%!

Michael Kors Blakely Leather Tote bag

8. Doubling up by Mulberry

Spotted on more than one AW19 catwalk was the trend of carrying two bags at the same time.  Mulberry has been one step ahead with its Amberley Hobo bag.  Don’t fall into autumn and winter thinking you need a dark bag.  Spice up the darker season with a splash of ochre and maize.  The removable front pocket that becomes a cross-body bag when you attach the leather strap. Tote and crossbody – two bags sorted.  Was £1750. Now £1225.  Save 30%.

Two bags in one with Mulberry Amberley Hobo bag

7. The croc effect at Aspinal of London

Exotic skins were spotted on lots of the AW19 catwalks from Chloe, Celine, Tory Burch and more.  Get in on the look with a croc effect bag that has been restyled to give a more modern take.  Introducing the Mayfair bag from Aspinal of London.  Was £595 and is now £416.50, saving 30%.

Croc effect Mayfair bag from Aspinal of London

6.  Amanada Wakeley’s mini Hendrix

Bad news for those who love to carry the world in their handbag.  An AW19 trend is the mini handbag.  I’ve tried to be practical and only include those that will serve a purpose and can handle an smartphone, credit card wallet and keys.  The mini Hendrix from Amanda Wakeley will do that. Love this bag!  It will take you from day to night in its acid python effect.  Was £275 and is now £123.75.  Saving over 50% at Harvey Nichols.

The mini Hendrix by Amanda Wakeley

5.  Radley laptop bag

Why should your work bag miss out on an AW19 fashion trend makeover?  Comfy styling is appearing across all types of bag for next season and the Charleston laptop bag from Radley delivers on the comfy, quilted look.   Question is to keep or not to keep the dog logo?  Was £109 and is now £88.  Save 20%.

Quilted effect laptop bag by Radley

4.  Moschino teddy bear clutch bag

You can’t get more cuddly and cute!  Check out one of the key icons from Moschino, the teddy bear.  Clutch bags always come into their own in the autumn and winter season so there’s nothing stopping you indulging in a soft touch and your fun side.  Was £568 and is now £398.  Saving up to 30%.  Available at Farfetch.

Soft and cuddly teddy bear clutch from Moschino

3. Keeping it compact with Calvin Klein

Get more than one trend in your next bag.  Mini bags are the new season’s size of hand and crossbody bags – you gotta try to keep it small in the coming autumn and winter.  Add in an exotic skin print and let me introduce you to the mini box bag from Calvin Klein.  Was £2050 and is now £615.  That’s 70% saving!  Find it at Farfetch.

Python mini box bag from Calvin Klein

2.  Snake effect by Marques Almeida

This bag is guaranteed to turn heads this winter.  Mini sized √, exotic skin effect – snake √ and then for extra bonus points it has a feather trim on the shoulder strap which is detachable.   And the purple accent colour and this bag will catch the eye of any bag fashionista in the room.  Top marks go to the Marques Almeida’s snake effect leather shoulder bag.  Was £495 and is now £248.  Saving 50%.

Mini snake effect bag by Marques Almeida

1. Cult Gaia mini bag

When is a bag mini in size but maximum in impact?  When it’s designed by Cult Gaia and it’s the Solene mini bag.  This bag has the autumn winter trend of a top handle, check.  It is mini in size, check.  Add in the azul blue, this bag  will add the colour pop against any dark winter outfit.  Get it before it sells out.  Was £446 and is now £312.  Save up to 30%.

Mini bag by Cult Gaia, the Solene

Let’s sum up on some of the key autumn winter 2019 fashion trends to look out for:

  • Exotic skin effect or print – think croc or python
  • Mini size for handbags or crossbody bags
  • Go big for your tote
  • And if you can, seek out cute and comfy; think tactile textures or quilting

If you can spot a bag in the summer sale with any of the above trends you will be able to secure a bag that’ll give you a guaranteed number of wears throughout autumn and winter.  And it’s certainly possible –  hope you’ve enjoyed by top 10 shortlist!

Good luck in your summer sale shopping!



Photo credit to Daniel von Appen on Unsplash (for header photo)

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