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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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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The chain gang! The bag style for AW’20

As you sashay through autumn and right up until the end of March next year, make sure your look is a bag with a chain strap, or at least with a chain embellishments, to rock one of the trending bag styles.  If you’re someone who loves investment bags, this’ll be the season to remove the dust bag from your Stella McCartney Falabella or the classic Chanel flap shoulder bag; lucky you if you have one in tweed as you’ll double down on the season’s trends; chain and check!  However, if you find that chain straps can make a bag unnecessarily heavy, it’s time to give them a second go as there are lots of new designs to consider.  Here’s my top buy chain bags for you…and your shoulders. Continue reading “The chain gang! The bag style for AW’20”

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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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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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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The latest bags for 2020 – best bags to spot

As January’s pay packet has arrived, I’m finding a few friends asking “What bag for spring and summer should they be on the look out for this year?” Well I’ve written 3 articles so far on what SS’20 bag styles that will be popping up (scroll to the end for links); from what bags are showing up on instagram, what styles were featured on the SS’20 catwalks, as well as a round up on the key fashion trends.  Now that the New Year sales are pretty much finished.  you can start to see the refreshing spring bag trends on the shelves and in the searches on shopping websites.  So where should you head to…

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Spring into the sales – bag a hero

Looking at the stats, one of my most popular posts is the guide to the sales. I’m here to stop you being hypnotised by a double figure discount and buying an item that goes straight to the back of the closet, without even being worn. As some of the end of year sales are beginning to surface, I’m here to give you the top tips on what to look for in the New Year sales. First, a quick checklist of where to start:

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