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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It’s nearly time to pull on the strings – 5 best string bags for summer

One of the fashion trends for this year is the mesh or see through look, often quoted as a sheer ‘second skin’. And this goes for your bags too as it’s all about matching your bag to your outfit. One of the easiest ways to achieve this accessories’ look is to get your weave on and opt for a string bag, traditionally viewed as a shopper or holiday bag, well now it’s official, carry it all spring and summer. There are plenty to choose from and here’s your rundown of the best ones on the market. The top 5 string bags, from below £10 and up to £1000. Budget to designer options always!

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Totally Totes! Let’s get ready to shop or travel.

Tote bags come in all shapes and sizes; tall ones, wide ones, small to oversize and as we emerge from various lockdowns around the world, we’ll be reaching for our totes so we can start to enjoy days out, maybe a bit of shopping or even travel plans! Here you’ll find 10 top tote bags ranging from £26 to over £2000, a bag for every budget. All tick different trends for SS’21, even if you opt for a high street store bags as opposed to a designer brand option. And you’ll even find one especially designed for International Women’s Day this month, raising charity contributions along the way. Let’s start this list of tote bags, from the cheapest to the most expensive.

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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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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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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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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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10 fashion bags for the autumn/winter that are in the sales now. Grab a bargain!

I wanted to see if I could get ahead on the autumn/winter wardrobe and find a bag to accessorise the trends but also set myself the challenge of finding a bargain.  To do this, I headed to Farfetch, which is one of the many online destinations that sources designer fashion from hundreds of labels and boutiques all around the world.  I don’t work for them, nor do I earn a commission from them, however I’ve chosen them because you can access the site wherever you are in the world.  I’ve trawled their sale and am delighted to report I’ve found 10 bags that that rock one of the five key trends for autumn/winter.  Bargain shopping here we come!

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Weave through the high street hits for summer

In many places across the world lockdown is easing and the non essential shops are getting ready to open.  However, the last two to three months saw most of us switch to online.  So it’s probably worth reminding ourselves of the gems that can be found on our towns’ and cities’ high streets.  Let’s take a more local view and see where we can support the shops that are on the high street, which provide a central hub and local employment. And let’s take a wardrobe staple, the summer woven bag, to show the striking designs that you can uncover. Here are 10 of the best woven bags to discover now; from under £10 to £300.

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No matter your location, the bags for remote working

Most of us have had to change our place of work recently. And being able to work remotely and change your location, requires a bag big enough to carry your laptop, charger, notepad, phone and maybe a change of clothes With these backpacks you can get the most out of work, without compromising on style or design. Who said that a laptop backpack had to be black? There’s only one black backpack in this collection of the top 10 laptop bags.

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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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