It can be so frustrating trying to keep up with all the different fashion trends; not only are there trends in outfits, but in the specific accessory categories of handbags, purses, scarves, hats, shoes, gloves and more!
Summer is the season of hats; everyone knows that when the weather is warmer, you can wear large floppy sun hats, fancy fascinators and an abundance of different millinery styles. However, in the colder months, it’s time to focus on scarves, big boots and handbags.
Given that we stock a wide range of handbags and clutches, we thought we would start with the types of bags that are in right now. It can be a bit of a minefield try to navigate the fashion world, but we are here to show you what’s in style and where you can get it.
1) Get Your Tote On
Although tote bags used to be the practical choice for the busy student, they have now become a true staple of Autumn & Winter fashion in 2021. The reason that these bags have become so popular is because they are effortlessly stylish, whilst also remaining casual. Investing in a designer tote bag is the perfect way to exude luxury but still give off those laid-back, girl-next-door vibes, making it seem as though you just threw it on without a second thought.
Tote bags can be used for day trip or an everyday work bag; their size makes it easy to fit in anything and everything, meaning you are pretty much set for anywhere you wanna go. Also, as we mentioned in our Autumn Accessories Blog, big bags are very on trend at the moment; forget less is more, the bigger the better is our new motto.
One of the best things about tote bags is that they come in a variety of styles, from sporty brands, to catwalk designer brands; this means that you can choose a tote based on your personal taste.
Vendula London have a beautiful selection of tote bags which are the perfect choice for anyone who likes to turn heads; the Animal Park collection offer a range of quirky designs that are sure to make you stand out.
2) Clutch It
The reason why clutch bags have come back into fashion is partly because they can be worn with any outfit; they are the perfect handbag to accompany black tie formal attire or skinny jeans and a blouse. These bags can be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion, making them an accessory that can be worn all year round.
Another perk of these handbags is that they don’t interfere with the integrity of an outfit; by this, we mean that the clutch bag acts as a stand alone piece, designed to work alongside your ensemble. Because there is no shoulder strap, there is nothing to distract from your overall look.
However, you can also wear your clutch bag with a shoulder strap if you feel it compliments your outfit; most of these handbags can be transformed from one thing into another, so your clutch bag can morph into a shoulder bag or a pouch bag or a crossbody bag…the options are endless.
Lastly, although we do love big bags in 2021, there is also something appealing about a mini bag; it has a certain daintiness and femininity about it that makes us feel girly and charming. These bags are definitely the classy choice, so if you are looking for sophistication, the clutch bag is the way to go.
3) Sparkle Yourself Up
If you are determined to keep up with the latest fashions, then you are going to need to get your glamour on. Another major mood is the handbags that sparkle and glisten; picture golds, silvers and blacks that shimmer under the light, perfect for a charity gala or a Bridgerton themed ball.
These handbags are the little gems that can take your style to the next level; you may be thinking “but I haven’t got anywhere fancy to wear it!”, fear not, you don’t need to be at a formal event to get away with these dazzling designs. Like the clutch bag, these sparkly purses can be made much more casual if you accessorise them the right way. If you want to take your metallic silver sequinned purse out in the daytime, think about how to dim down the glitter; this can be down by weaving the piece into your everyday pieces like a plain black skirt, a turtle neck jumper and an oversized neutral coloured blazer.
Of course, even if you are wearing a casual outfit, your sparkly bag won’t go unseen, but it can make a statement without becoming too over the top or exaggerated.
4) Back to the Backpack
Generally, we think of backpacks as bags that were made for schoolchildren and university students to carry their books around. However, nowadays these bags have become a fashionable feature for the working professional; they can be worn as a an elegant accessory to pull together your office-chic look, or they can be worn as a fun addition to your weekend garb.
Out of all the bags that are trending, the backpack has got to be the most practical; with lots of interior space and a copious amount of pockets and compartments, you can pretty much take anything and everything with you. Obviously, we think that style is essential, but having a functional bag that can take you anywhere is pretty exciting.
5) Textured Treasures
Last but not least, the new infatuation with texture and softness. In Autumn and Winter, one of our favourite things to do is to snuggle up in the warm and wear our favourite, oversized, knitted jumpers. The idea of cosiness is what we associate with this time of year, so it makes sense that this concept would extend to our handbag choices too.
This Autumn, handbags have become fluffier and softer, giving them that cuddly quality that makes us want to hold them tight and keep us nice and toasty.
If you are ready to try out some of these new Autumn looks, have a look at our online shop for inspiration; we have a wide range of handbags that are suited to every style and occasion.