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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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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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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Sunday Special – the bags on insta this December

This is the last ‘something for the weekend’ of 2020, which showcases my five favourite bags on instagram in the last month. Saving you the scrolling of many fashion feeds on the ‘gram, this Sunday Special brings a little added value for your viewing. These five fashion bags, whilst featured right in the middle of autumn/winter, will work brilliantly with next season’s trends. These bags will turn heads. So let’s get straight to it!

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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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The fashion trends for SS’21

Whilst next year’s Spring and Summer fashion trends were showcased in September, I think now’s a good time to get the key trends from New York to Milan put on the radar, so you can do some serious hinting for your Christmas list or see what you can spot in the new year sales that you can restyle. What trend will you be wearing next year? There are 6 to watch out for:

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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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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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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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Sunday Special – the bags on insta this September

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.

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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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