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.
That’s right, a fashion bag doesn’t haven’t to cost a couple of months’ salary. And with some new trends this season which we didn’t see early signs off last season, here’s my pick of the 10 best bags under £100 available online or in a store near you right now. And if you’re sitting comfortably take a minute too to remind yourself of the styles that have inspired me, check out the bag trends for 2020 when you get a chance. Right, let’s go!
Off the colour chart
Whilst Pantone is celebrating a classic blue as the colour of this year, don’t miss out on adding some zest to your outfit. Stay within a narrow spectrum; from tangerine to lime.
On left: from Anthropologie, a croc effect bag in tangerine orange. Was £88, now £62, a BARGAIN to start us off! I photographed this bag for instagram a month ago, love it!
On the right: from Arket, the crochet shopper bag for £39. We saw crochet all over the SS’20 catwalks; straw, leather, from Fendi to Prada. Scroll down for more woven bags.
Whilst the colours are bright, if you’re wearing white, the trend is from head to toe, including your accessories. Here you have a slimline leather baguette bag from Mango for £35.99, an oval leather bag from Zara for £49.99 (with knot detail in the strap) and finally, from Tommy Hilfiger, yes the Tommy, a trunk handbag, which shouldn’t have really made the cut, but it’s only £5 above budget, priced at £105, so I couldn’t resist sharing.
Every wardrobe needs a neutral bag and this spring and summer (more than ever) you’ll need one, as polka dots are back. The best bag to accent a flowing polka dot skirt or dress is a nude, blush or tan bag. And if you can double down with a crochet or weave style, you’ve got it!
On the left, from H&M, a lovely blush pink suede shoulder bag with a braided flap. Price £49.99. This will work with a casual jeans outfit as well as a summer occasion dress.
On the right, from Mango, a braided bag design for £35.99. The bag delivers on 3 trends; the colour palette, braided design and the knot detail in the strap (more of this below).
Get a handle on it!
Across the runways, there was detail in the accessories from rope waist belts and bamboo finishes. A top tip for summer, is to incorporate one of these styles or finishes into your bag. From H&M, a braided handbag with rope styled handle is priced at £39.99. If you can’t bear to be without a black handbag option for summer, from Mango, a soft pouch shoulder bag with bamboo handle is available for £29.99. And whilst shopping at Mango I spotted a bag with just enough knot detail for me to mention it, even though it is slightly over budget; the braided clutch bag with knot shoulder strap is at £119.99.
Tote bags never go out of fashion, however, they do get a seasonal makeover. And for SS’20 go for one of two trends; oversized or brightly coloured. Missoni, Marni and Lacoste showed tote bags on the SS’20 catwalks carried under the arm, over the shoulder or in the hand.
On the left: from Marks & Spencer (or M&S as us Brits like to say), a straw hobo oversize tote bag. Price £29.50.
On the right: just under budget, priced £95.99, from Zara this multi-coloured tote bag is a weave of canvas and velvet fabrics. Check out the use of the classic blue Pantone in the velvet.
There you have it, the best bags for the new season (whenever it may arrive), all for under £100. My maths isn’t off, there are 12 bags here, but as two are just outside of the budget, there really are 10 bargain fashion bags – these are the best I could find to keep you current.
I hope you like the edit – bring on the spring and summer!
Photo credit: Thanks to Clay Banks on Unsplash for the header image.