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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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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Something for the weekend. The bags on insta this May

After a month of insta fashion feeds being full up of face mask production and inspirational quotes to navigate the crisis, fashion has taken a back seat. Now with lockdowns easing across the globe, thankfully for me, as a bag addict, the feeds are beginning to return with bag inspiration. Here are my 5 favourite bags on instagram this month.

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AW’20 fashion bag trends

The fashion shows for autumn winter ’20 collections were way back in March when the spread of coronavirus was all consuming.  Now that most countries are beginning their phased exists out of lockdown, let’s look back at the shows from New York, London, Paris and Milan for the bag trends for the autumn winter fashions.  You can sum up over 200 designers’ bag into 5 key bag trends, from distinctive shapes, top openers and soft textures.

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Women’s fashion trends for AW’20

It’s unusual for me to share the trends of a future season so early; however, I think there’s a benefit to getting ahead.  When lockdown is lifted expect to be bombarded with messages from all brands; helping to stimulate demand and help the economy bounce back.  However, whether it’s been a case of having less to spend or changing priorities, our fashion consumption has reduced.  There’ll be lots of promotions to entice you back to former habits as lockdowns are lifted.  So the aim of this article is to give you a round up of the 7 women’s fashion trends for this autumn/winter, so you can shop smartly.  Scan the fashion trends summary below to know what to look for. Continue reading “Women’s fashion trends for AW’20”

California Dreamin’ – best beach bags

A top 10 list of best fashion beach bags for 2020 may seem a bit out of place – as most places are in lock down – the northern hemisphere having to keep away from beaches and the countries in the southern hemisphere are seeing their days and nights get cooler.  However, one thing that does unites us is that by the time lock down is eased and we’re all experts at social distancing, we all may get a day or two on a beach somewhere before the year is out!  So in times like these, let’s look forward, in fact, to a new day rising, a brand new sky.  Here’s to heading to a beach near you soon! Continue reading “California Dreamin’ – best beach bags”

Sunday Special – the bags on insta this April

Something for the weekend is back for April and instagram has been trawled.  And it definitely needs scrolling as so many feeds are less about fashion ideas but inspiration for life – a reflection of these unusual times. Today’s Sunday Special though are the bags spotted on insta this week that will rock a summer fashion trend.  There’s something for everyone, whichever hemisphere you find yourself – so let’s say thanks (a virtual high five) to the handbag designers who are doing what they do best, keeping us inspired for when we can fully embrace the summer.  Continue reading “Sunday Special – the bags on insta this April”

Walk this way! Crossbody bags this way…

Right now, with differing levels of lock down, there’s one thing that we are being asked to do, to keep safe and well, is use our one outdoor visit to go for a walk.  The ideal companion is the crossbody bag for the phone, card wallet, keys and the essential packet of tissues. The crossbody wasn’t due to be a feature this spring and summer, the bag was due to be parked and swapped for the shoulder bag.   Alas, let’s welcome it back and walk this way to find a few budget and designer options!   Here’s your quick guide to the on trend crossbody bags for SS’20 with a few fun options thrown in to swing like you just don’t care!

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Big Bag Baby! Something for the weekend.

This Sunday Special is all about the oversized. This is one of the rare, guilt free moments, to go super size…on your bag. That’s right, once these virus days are over, you’ll want to channel one of the key fashion trends from the SS’20 runways – the oversized tote bag. And this isn’t some far out crystal ball prediction. Think about it, after all the days on lock down, when we get the green light to move freely again, we’re going to want to max the hell out of those daylight hours. And there’s only one bag that can help you navigate all your needs from day to night, and that’s the ‘on trend’ large tote bags.

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