Back to school – fresh fashion bags

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.

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Something for the weekend – sustainable bags on insta in June

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.

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The best birthday gift bag!

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!

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Pretty in pastels on insta this month.

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.

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Bags of colour for SS’21

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!

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Men’s fashion and bag styles 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.

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High street hits at the start of 2021

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.

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Cherish the bags for Christmas gifts!

‘Tis the season for giving and if you know someone who loves bags, you can’t go wrong with one of these six beautiful options; they will be coveted way past the Christmas holiday, in fact, they will be loved all the way through 2021. All of these are on my Christmas list.

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Something for the weekend. Bags on insta this November

If you took some time out this month and tapped instagram for a scroll through your fashion newsfeed you’ll have noticed a colour theme emerging. This Sunday Special brings you the round up of the bags on instagram this month in all shades of blue, And if you’re up to speed on the colour themes for SS’21, you’ll be delighted to hear blue is firmly in the season’s fashion palette. So if you’re sitting comfortably, there’s a bag for every taste and style.

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Lots of rural charm in the country!

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.

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Shout out to the small bag businesses

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!

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How to bag a designer bag bargain for AW’20

Calling all bargain shoppers. Three years ago I went to one of the UK’s premier designer outlet shopping villages and returned with 3 top tips on how you could bag a designer bag deal at Bicester. I’ve since returned to Oxfordshire, post lockdown, to see if the designer outlets are still worth considering. Here’s what I found out with a visit to Bicester in September 2020.

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King of the beads

There is one bag that recycles itself nicely from a summer’s night out to a winter party night and that’s the beaded bag.  And this is the time to pick up a bargain if you aren’t already an owner, as you’ll catch many beaded bags in the end of summer sales.  If you are shopping, my top tip is to think ahead of what you might wear to say Christmas cocktails, so the beaded bag can transition your wardrobe seamlessly.  Here are a collection of beaded bags, some iconic brands that can carry a hefty price tag with some bargain options thrown in too.  Here are the 10 beaded bag brands and styles for nights out out! Continue reading “King of the beads”

Bags of attitude

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.

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