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.Continue reading “Lots of rural charm in the country!”
Right now, if you’re on trend, you’ll have bright reds, bright pinks and brown and blacks in your winter wardrobe, albeit in leisurewear rather than suits and skirts – lockdown giving us an established loungewear look! If you’re thinking about Christmas gifts or wanting to spot a bargain in the winter sales for 2021, plan for spring and summer and seek out the 10 key colours to spot.Continue reading “Colours of Spring and Summer 2021”
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!Continue reading “Shout out to the small bag businesses”
Something for the weekend is back and it’s great when you get something more for nothing and this weekend, most of us in the northern hemisphere will be enjoying an extra hour as the clocks go back tonight. But all of us can enjoy something a bit more when you use a tall tote bag – it has the economy of scale – you get the benefits of more space without having the wide dimensions. And here are my 5 favourite tall bags on instagram this month.Continue reading “Saturday Special – the bags on insta this October”
Something for the weekend is back for September and instagram has been trawled. And this month it has been all about the four cities’ SS’21 fashion shows; from New York to Paris (with the official opening of Paris on 28 September). To get a feel of how the four cities are reimagining their collection launches, in the new world of social distancing, some designers are keeping with the physical show where others are embracing the virtual. As a result, my instagram feed is full of video clips. So, I’ve viewed and scrolled and spotted some bags that capture the trends for SS’21. So, if you’re sitting comfortably, here’s a whistle stop tour of the shows’ styles.Continue reading “Sunday Special – the bags on insta this September”
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:Continue reading “Virtual goes live at the SS’21 fashion shows”
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.Continue reading “Getting your vintage on”
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.Continue reading “How to bag a designer bag bargain for AW’20”
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!Continue reading “Stocks? Shares? Gold? No a handbag!”
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”
There was one colour that really stood out for accessories on the AW’20 runways and that was red and you could find it quilted, padded, textured, a background to a plaid check, on large or small bags. However, if you pop down to instagram right now, you’ll be hard pressed to find bags in red. But I don’t give up easily and this something for the weekend spotlight brings you full on red inspiration in all shapes and sizes. So if you are sitting comfortably…Continue reading “Red alert for autumn and winter”
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.
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”
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!