Hot summer fashion bags for cool looks

Have you got a handle on the summer fashion? Here in the northern hemisphere, we are welcoming warmer days which means time to go on holiday. But before you do, let’s get a low down on the bags that are looking great for vacation days. The bags in this edit are already on location and there are plenty of styles to inspire.

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Prepping for wedding season and need a bag or two!

‘Tis the season to brace oneself for the upcoming weddings on the horizon and the mandatory hit the bank balance will get. I’ve sourced three outfits which I’m going to invest in not just because they work for the special events but they also guarantee lots of wear elsewhere. Thankfully the weddings have a relaxed but elegant vibe where anything starting from boho chic is acceptable. However, wedding season economics means I need to see if I can get through the summer and make these three outfits work with one bag. Challenge on!

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That’s a wrap! 2021’s bag styles reviewed

The regular Bagwhispers readers amongst you will know that each month, I share my favourite five bags from instagram, in ‘something for the weekend’. They are favourites for various reasons: channelling a key shape or colour of the season or just being fabulous at standing out. I’ve reviewed each month’s round-up and picked one stand out bag from each month’s instagram edit. If you’re sitting comfortably, let’s celebrate the bags of 2021 that made an impact. Here are top 12 bags of 2021.

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Bags for special occasions

It doesn’t matter what the special occasion is and what the bag trend of the season is, there is one trusted bag style that will rock the dress or tailored suit in any decade and that’s the top handle bag.  This style of bag is definitely an investment piece.  And here to inspire you is an edit of top handle bags from a variety of designers, 10 in fact offering a range of price points. So if you’re sitting comfortably…

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Hands up for a preview of the SS’22 designer bag trends

I’m not a fan of sharing an edit of next season’s trends too early; it can be frustrating waiting for new collections to come in or having to preorder without even seeing the bag IRL. But let’s break with tradition because November is a mix of sale events; from Singles’ Day, Black Friday to Cyber Monday. Between now and end of November, plenty of fashion stores will be offering great discounts. And my top tip for sale shopping is to research the future trends, because sometimes you can get a bag that rocks a key shape and colour of the next season and you’ll be able sashay into spring or summer having saved some well-earned cash. So, with a week to go before some big discounts are due to appear, here’s the rundown of the SS’22 bag trends as set by the top fashion designers.

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All I want for Christmas is…

…one of these 5 bags! Whether you need inspiration for your own bag collection; maybe you’re fed up with using the same ole bag or in fact, you’re fed up with having to return the gifts you received in the new year sale chaos. Are you ready to drop some (heavy) hints (by forwarding this article!) or make a note to self for any Black Friday shopping lists. Rest assured, there’s a bag in this list that you would be delighted to unwrap come Christmas morning. I’m delighted to present to 5 bags for Christmas presents for December 2021!

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AW’21 bag trends – the shortlist

It was another digital fashion launch, the AW’21 runways were virtual. And with the lockdowns the impact on creativity could have left us with many reinterpretations of Bridgerton’s Regency romantic outfits, which seemed to be the only fashion being talked about at the start of 2021! However, the designers in New York, Milan, London and Paris treated us to textures galore, from chunky knits a la Chloé, to figure hugging sheer dresses and body suits, thank you Tom Ford! But what about the bags?

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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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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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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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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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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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