If it’s true that a woman carries her whole life around in her handbag, it makes a lot of sense that this season’s handbags are taking style cues from traditional luggage. The humble satchel is a real fashion favourite at the moment, so dismiss any associations with primary school and make like Taylor Swift and Emma Roberts with a satchel-inspired bag.
It has a cool, androgynous appeal: Indiana Jones always carried one, as did Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer on hit TV show 24. They are perfect for adding a bit of bookish chic, so team with oversized glasses, print dresses and shawls. A splash of colour as part of the many bright designs around should banish any memories of school for good.
However, though originally designed for carrying books, the lovely satchel bags doing the rounds at the moment are more petite and therefore better suited to ladies who like to stroll out armed with just their wallet, mobile phone, keys and a lipstick.
For those who really do take the kitchen sink with them every time they leave the house, the oversized handbag is still a stylish choice. It adds an air of effortless glamour to an outfit, suggesting that you’re perhaps too busy and important to manage with only a tiny bag. This style of bag looks especially good teamed with skinny jeans and a slouchy top; high heels or ballet pumps are essential, huge sunglasses a fine optional extra.
For the evening, look to Chanel and its classic quilted chain-strap bags: a ladylike staple that never goes out of style and whose structured design makes it ideal for carrying all your essentials. The tote is always a firm celebrity favourite, and they are easily accessible as they can be hand-held or carried in the crook of the arm.
Take inspiration from Mulberry, who have created the Del Rey tote in honour of singer Lana Del Rey. The seasonal It bag has been seen on the arms of actress Jennifer Lawrence and TV presenter Fearne Cotton. More affordable versions of these much sought-after bags are readily available, so shop online to shop handbags with ease.