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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Top of the weekend to you and your bag!

This Saturday Special is all about my favourite bags on instagram in January. And what I’ve loved is the resurgence of the top handle bag in smaller dimensions – suited to these days when we’re carrying less. What is great about a nano top handle bag (and I’m not often heard saying this) is that is can subtly smarten up a casual outfit – and let’s face it we’ve all been rocking the lounge look! So, what a lovely way to step into February, the month of love or if you’re into your pagan or Irish calendars, the official start of Spring – yes, for the Irish, the 1st of Feb is St Brigid’s Day, where traditionally the farmers start to sow seeds as it is the first day of Spring. Before I get too distracted by the many different cultural references, let’s get back to the bags – the top 10 of top handle bags for SS’21.

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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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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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Saturday Special – the bags on insta this October

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.

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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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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”

Red alert for autumn and winter

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…

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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”

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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