No longer the preserve of primary school children, the satchel has become the bag to carry around for a fashionable finish to every daywear ensemble.
Over-the-body the body bags are so practical they're one trend we're going to adopt and not let go of! As much as we love an outsized tote, fashion elbow is a side effect we could do without.
Alexa Chung has had the right idea for a while and her namesake bag designed by Mulberry is proving to be a huge hit. The label showed a new, glossy black version at their New York catwalk show (pictured, left).
Ralph Lauren got in on the trend with a large chocolate-brown satchel with chunky metal fittings. It was worn over a plum-coloured evening dress on the catwalk but we'd recommend this for daywear.
Betsey Johnson took the opposite tack and sized her tan leather satchel all the way down so it was just about big enough to fit your lipgloss and a travel card but not a lot else.
This trend first emerged on the S/S catwalks at Chloe and Louis Vuitton and clearly, it's here to stay. Grab yourself a fab satchel bag now!
By Pat McNulty