Designer or high street? What’s your take for SS’21?

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 as 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.

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Armchair guide to women’s fashion trends 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.

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Sunday Special – the bags on insta this December

This is the last ‘something for the weekend’ of 2020, which showcases my five favourite bags on instagram in the last month. Saving you the scrolling of many fashion feeds on the ‘gram, this Sunday Special brings a little added value for your viewing. These five fashion bags, whilst featured right in the middle of autumn/winter, will work brilliantly with next season’s trends. These bags will turn heads. So let’s get straight to it!

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Over 10 designer bag hits from the sales that will rock this spring and summer

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.

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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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Virtual goes live at the SS’21 fashion shows

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:

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Getting your vintage on

Thrift shopping has always been popular but for the last five years there has been a growing appetite to become more sustainable and a new energy in buying secondhand and preloved bags. You can find lots of online stores which create a marketplace to introduce buyers and sellers of designer brands. And more recently, you can find websites where you can rent a designer bag for a selected time period. But amongst all these options there is a new type of thrift shopping, a company in mainland Europe is specialising in vintage and you can enjoy 15% off.

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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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Stocks? Shares? Gold? No a handbag!

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!

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Quilting but not as you know it – not a patchwork in sight

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!

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Forever in blue jeans

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.

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Sunday Special – the bags on insta this April

Something for the weekend is back for April and instagram has been trawled.  And it definitely needs scrolling as so many feeds are less about fashion ideas but inspiration for life – a reflection of these unusual times. Today’s Sunday Special though are the bags spotted on insta this week that will rock a summer fashion trend.  There’s something for everyone, whichever hemisphere you find yourself – so let’s say thanks (a virtual high five) to the handbag designers who are doing what they do best, keeping us inspired for when we can fully embrace the summer.  Continue reading “Sunday Special – the bags on insta this April”

Which designer fashion store is best for the bags of 2020?

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?

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