Apparently 51% of British women buy one bag a year. Considering it’s pretty much the only thing we use every single day, we think that’s pretty restrained. Everyone uses them, we all need them and we all, understandably, get bored of them.
So, every season(ish) a new bag is pretty justifiable. In terms of cost-per-wear, it’s a winner.
We’ve shopped about to find the best bags for autumn winter 2016, whether you’re looking for a guilt-free fix or an investment buy.
The bag trends for AW16 were all about going hands free with crossbodys, shoulder and saddle bags.
As well as trad leather styles, at Coach and Prada, the smaller shapes were opulently detailed, with pearl studded straps and intricate embroidery.
At Gucci, it was about holding top handle bags over the arm with full cat lady looks.
If we’re taking the trends to real life, you probably want something you can actually use — so we’ve found some classic saddle styles, as well as fun box bags that will stop you carrying your whole life around in your handbag.
Not that we’re doubting the ‘one bag a year’ stat (well, maybe) but sometimes we don’t want a majorly expensive bag. We’ve done a high street haul for a bag fix that won’t throw off your budgeting.
H&M has done a fun Chloe Faye lookalike in Pepto pink, which we’ll be wearing with our beige shearling when the weather gets colder. Mango’s creamy leather flap bag also has an air of Chloe about it – and it’s only £35.99.
If you loved the intricate painterly bags at Dolce & Gabbana, you’ll love River Island’s on-point bowlery style with floral and butterfly detailing.
Now the only question is – which bag will you be buying?