As you may have noticed bags have got smaller. But they have also got bigger. At the same time, they have got rounder and squidgier and they have also got more angled and structured.
So, in short, the mad and slightly maddening variety of arm-candy on offer, continues into the new A/W15/16 season.
We weren’t fibbing when we said bags had got smaller – those huge totes, almost large enough to pack for a weekend away, have shrunk to a more manageable size, and remain chic and perfect for work and for women who need to carry emergency supplies of everything every single day. After a burst of essential colour the most beautiful totes are again around in wearable basic neutrals such as black and tan as well as a few non-neutral shades such as dark green and burgundy.
And we also weren’t fibbing when we said bags had got bigger. The clutch bag, which has become every smart woman’s choice for weekends and off-duty wear, has got bigger and roomier; presumably there is a realisation among bag brands that in the 21st century women need to carry more than a credit card and a lip-gloss when they go out.
There are, of course, still name bags or It Bags to aspire to, but as we have previously observed, you would have to be the accessories editor at Vogue to recognise all the genuine It Bags and to distinguish them from simply fabulous bags that cost less eye-watering sums.
Our Style advice is to choose a bag that suits your shape and is in the right proportion for you. So if you are tall and of average build you can carry a big tote/shopper; if you are tiny, seek out a tote that is on a smaller scale.
If you are very angular/straight, your bag should reflect that and have angles and straight lines, for instance those Birkin lookalikes sometimes called twist-lock bags. If you are curvy with softer lines to your body, choose softer shapes such as bucket bags and duffle bags.
Naturally, we have limitless numbers of bags in all the season’s hottest colours and shapes for you to choose…
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