The 7 handbag trends everyone is backing this spring

The 7 handbag trends everyone is backing this spring


Whilst London Fashion Week was all about the AW19 collections (and gorgeous they were), with spring round the corner, we’re looking to the hottest summer fashion trends to dictate our new season wardrobe, and that includes which designer handbags to invest in.

So we rounded up the major bag trends from our favourite SS19 catwalk shows to bring you the hottest bag trends everyone will be wearing this season. Take note below.

See-through bags

spring summer bag trends

Barbie was right: life in plastic definitely is fantastic. From Balmain to Mary Katrantzou and Brandon Maxwell, it was all about the see-through bag, whether a large tote or small clasp bag. One word of advice for this trend: do curate your belongings so it still looks stylish, it’s just not the same vibe if you can see your tampons and your smints.

XXL shoppers

spring summer bag trends

Printed totes are back, and not a moment too soon considering it’s essential to have one for all the extra stuff you can’t lug around in your micro bag, another huge trend for spring/summer. We loved the neon touches at Rejina Pyo and the gorgeous prints at Self-Portrait and Alexa Chung.

Crochet bags

Last season was all about the basket bag, but this year we are embracing another natural trend: the crochet bag. Think a softer, more wearable version of the trend, in neutral tones of beige, sand and brown. Perfect for tonal dressing, as seen at Jacquemus, Isabel Marant and Chanel.

spring summer bag trends

Shell bags

spring summer bag trends

Shells were all over our jewellery last summer, and it was only a matter of time before they made it onto our handbags. Stella McCartney, Chanel,  Michael Kors and Rixo all gave us major wanderlust with their designs. Time to book that beach holiday pronto.

Lanyard bags

Holding your handbag is so last year, this season it’s all about wearing it around your neck. Models at Erdem, Burberry and Gabriela Hearst all wore dainty versions, ranging from tassel purses to faux-croc cardholders.

Snap clasp bags

Think handbags the Queen would wear, aka the ladylike bag. They are basically an oversized old-fashion coin purse with a classy snap fastening at the top, and perhaps a nice tortoiseshell chain strap. Look to Coach and Simone Rocha for inspiration.

Belt bags

We’re not talking fanny packs here, but a much chicer version. Think a dressier take on the builder’s utility belt, preferably with a few different pockets, a la Vuitton, Ferragamo or Fendi.

Scroll down to shop the major bag trends for SS19.

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Accessorise’s new fine jewellery collection is stunning

Accessorise’s new fine jewellery collection is stunning


And how much it costs

This season is all about stacking fine jewellery, including mismatched rings and barely-there necklaces, so the launch of Accessorize’s new Z Limited range comes at just the right time, especially if you’re looking for something a little more durable, but doesn’t cost the earth.

The 24 piece collection was designed by Zara Simon, who was inspired by power women and power symbols, from Joan of Arc and Cleopatra to superheroes such as Wonder Woman and ancient symbols.

This translates into symbols and shapes that include the shield, snakes, the goddess symbol and the protecting eye, all set in cast metal, surrounded by semi-precious stones and crystals.
There are more statement pieces such as signet rings and large blue stone earrings, as well as finer necklaces which you can easily layer over an open blouse.
So really you can style it any way you want, there’s no right or wrong here.

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This micro trend is taking over the streets of New York

This micro trend is taking over the streets of New York


(and Meghan Markle has just backed it)

tonal dressing

With New York Fashion Week in full swing, the Spring/Summer 2019  trends are starting to take shape, and I’m not talking about the catwalk.

Instead, I’m looking to the street, because the style set is just as influential in setting the sartorial scene as any designer.

This week, I’ve already noticed one big (micro) trend, which will transcend the seasons: tonal dressing.

tonal dressing

Think either the exact same shade head-to-toe, or variations of it. I say trans-seasonal, because you can just switch up the shades depending on the time of year. For AW19, I’m loving rich chocolate browns mixed in with caramel hues, or dark greens. For SS19, try experimenting with pastel shades like Susie Lau in her bubblegum pink outfit below.

tonal dressing

Even the Duchess of Sussex is getting in on the trend, wearing a lovely array of cream and taupe clothes below.

tonal dressing

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There is no right or wrong with this trend, however I encourage you to experiment with different textures and slight variations of one same hue to give depth to your look. Shop a few of my favourite picks for this season by clicking on any of the above images.

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The sell-out Topshop sandal has just been re-stocked

The sell-out Topshop sandal has just been re-stocked


Attention, this is not a drill. Topshop’s sell-out sandal has just been re-stocked tomorrow, and you want to be ready for it, because if it’s anything like last time, it’ll sell out again within minutes.

The ‘strippy’ heeled sandal perfectly ticks this season’s barely-there trend, and comes in two colourways: the coral and the black, both of which are delicious.

It’s perfect because it’s really quite flattering, and honestly goes with everything.

A 90s-inspired silk slip dress? Sure. Straight jeans and a nice top? Yep. An oversized suit? Check, check, check.

Basically, it is the only shoe you’ll need this summer, especially as the heel is so low you can wear it during the day too.

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Topshop has told me it’s been re-stocked in both colours, so make sure you click on the above links as soon as you can.

If you’re not quick enough, then I’ve also included some other high-street options that are quite similar.

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Valentine’s Gifts for him: So stylish you’ll probably want them too

Valentine’s Gifts for him: So stylish you’ll probably want them too


Valentine’s Day gifts for him. Where do you start? Whether “he” is a boyfriend or husband, men’s Valentine’s gifts are a tough one to nail so we’ve compiled present ideas he’ll love…

Gifts For Him

Valentine’s gifts for him. Where do you start? Whether “he” is a boyfriend or husband, men’s Valentine’s gifts is a tough one to nail.

The Ultimate Grooming Gift Guide For Him

We’ve handily compiled a guide full of products to suit whatever your budget. Whether you’re thinking of a funny gift, a tried-and-tested traditional gift or one that you’d like him to have, there will be one in our gift guide.

With Christmas presents fresh out of the way, Valentine’s pressies always seem like a struggle… (And, heaven forbid if a birthday gift has been needed recently too.) You’ve used all the present ideas you’d been storing up and now, bam, Valentine’s Day.

Instead of throwing in the towel, use this as a plus. Think about his Christmas gifts – which went down best? Did he love the outdoorsy man’s man-style gifts, or did he secretly love the metrosexual presents?

Male grooming is big news so perhaps he’s been eyeing up some new cleansing essentials in a magazine or on his go-to lifestyle blog? From a set of hair pomade wax for  £20 to blow-the-budget wooden shaving kits, we’’ve got his grooming needs and wishes covered right here.

But of course with all Valentine’s gifts, there needs to be personal touch. Whether you know he loves a stylish coffee table book or he’s the stationary obsessive with the coolest work space, there’s something for everyone’s and for all budgets.

Our top tip is to see it as an opportunity to treat him. Whether its on a budget or not, that doesn’’t matter. Get him something he’s been longing for but never quite got round to buying for himself. Or may be it’s a little something special that you know he’’ll never of had on his radar – until now. Treating him (and in some cases, yourself too) is the theme here, and we know he’ll love whatever you choose.

So whatever his cup of tea, from a super cool pen which costs just £20 to a luxe jacket see all the best Valentine’s Gifts for him.

 

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H&M has the perfect leopard print skirt for less than £20

H&M has the perfect leopard print skirt for less than £20


Stop everything you’re doing, because I’ve found the perfect leopard print skirt, and it’ll set you back less than £20. Even if you’re a bit scared of animal prints, this is a minimalist way to do the trend.

Although the calf-length slip skirt is so on trend for SS19, it’s actually a style that will stand the test of time, so it’s not like you’ll want to ditch it come next season.

Plus it’s super easy to style. For this right now, I’d recommend wearing it with cream boots and an oversized beige knit, and for spring, team it with a barely-there sandal and white vest top.

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Or, you can go down the urban luxe route and team it with a chunky trainer and puffer jacket. Also cool.

At £19.99, the skirt looks much more expensive than it actually is (I’ve tried it out in store and the quality is great), plus at the moment there is 15% off if you spend £60 online, so it’s a no brainer if you ask me.

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These are the two accessories to steal from Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton this week

These are the two accessories to steal from Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton this week


This week saw not one, but two royal outings. First, the Duchess of Cambridge went to Dundee with Prince William on Wednesday.

She fittingly wore a tartan coat by Alexander McQueen, one of her favourite labels, and of course the one behind her famous wedding dress.

Kate kept things tonal with a green scarf, but it was her handbag that caught our eye. First off, we’ve not seen it on her before, and secondly, it’s by uber-cool bag brand Manu Atelier (SJP is a fan), and a bit of a cool departure for Kate. We predict it’s going to be next season’s new cult bag.

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Then, yesterday, the Duchess of Sussex visited the National Theatre in London, as she was announced as their Patron earlier this month.

For her first official visit in this role, she opted for head-to-toe blush, a colour that’s very on trend for SS19. In fact, the Brandon Maxwell dress and coat were straight off the runway.

She accessorised with a clutch bag by Caroline Herrera, and we’re very into her suede Aquazzura court shoes which she seems to love so much she’s worn them several times, including to announce her engagement to Prince Harry. They certainly go with everything, so they might be worth investing in.

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These vegan fashion designers will change the way you see your wardrobe

These vegan fashion designers will change the way you see your wardrobe


vegan fashion brands

January might be almost over, but for many veganuary is set to go beyond the month, and the dinner plate. While designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney have been championing ethical fashion and cruelty-free clothing for decades, the conversation has only truly opened up in the last year or so – in fact it was a big theme at this year’s British Fashion Awards.

While completely overhauling your wardrobe isn’t exactly sustainable, you can definitely start adding to it with these vegan clothing brands and vegan fashion designers.

Vegan clothing brands

The two aforementioned designers aside, there are plenty of niche brands you may not have heard of which are creating quite a stir in the sartorial world. Melie Bianco sells only 100% vegan and sweatshop-free clothing, while Umasan’s gender-fluid pieces are made of  eco materials.

When shopping for vegan clothing, it’s always important to check the label too. For example, New York brand Miakoda 100% recycled packaging and 100% plant-based material fibres.

Also make sure you ask about packaging. Too many brands still rely on plastic packaging, which we all know end up in our oceans and damaging our planet. Ideally, you’d want them wrapped in recyclable paper or re-usable fabric.

Vegan handbags

If you’d rather shun leather handbags in favour of some vegan handbags, then there are more brands on offer than you’d think. As you’d expect, we’re not talking animal skin here, but different materials made to look like it. According to PETA, ‘most vegan leather is made of polyurethane, a polymer that can be made to order. It can sparkle, have a nice glossy sheen, or be saturated in all kinds of shades.’

With that in mind, you can also find plenty of high-quality, affordable vegan leather shoes around, from the likes of OlsenHaus and London-based Bourgeois Boheme.

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The best vegan handbags you need on your radar

The best vegan handbags you need on your radar


vegan handbags

At the British Fashion Awards, Meghan Markle said that whilst it was once ‘cool to be cruel’ in the fashion world, it was now ‘cool to be kind’.

Major labels such as Chanel, Gucci, Burberry and Tom Ford have pledged to stop using fur and exotic skins in their collections, while others are making a conscious decision to only using leather as a by-product to the food industry.

However, more and more people are now going one step further and turning to products that don’t use leather altogether, and if you’re in the market for a vegan handbag, there are plenty of chic designer and affordable options out there.

Vegan designer handbags

It’s impossible to mention vegan designer bags without mentioning Stella McCartney, who’s been pioneering ethical fashion her whole career. She is one of the only designers who only uses vegan leather throughout her collection, for example made out of recycled plastic from the world’s oceans.

Of course, you can buy fabric and faux leather bags from most designer brands which aren’t exclusively vegan across board, though they sometimes use non-vegan products such as animal-based adhesives. Some great designer options include Jill Milan, Poppy Lissiman and Arran Frances, who are launching their first cruelty free collection in March, with a view to soon being a 100% cruelty-free and animal-friendly leather, with a focus on sustainability through longevity.

Vegan leather handbags

Contrary to the name, we’re obviously not talking animal skin here, but different materials made to look like it. According to PETA, ‘most vegan leather is made of polyurethane, a polymer that can be made to order. It can sparkle, have a nice glossy sheen, or be saturated in all kinds of shades.’

Affordable vegan handbags

Because real leather is expensive, vegan leather tends to be more affordable, especially if you look to high-street brands. Matt & Nat, Doshi, Wilby Cluth and LaBante all have great sub-£100 clutch bags, backpacks, tote bags and more.

Shop our edit of the best designer and affordable vegan handbags below.

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French Connection’s new bridal collection is so good you’ll never want to spend a fortune on a wedding dress again

French Connection’s new bridal collection is so good you’ll never want to spend a fortune on a wedding dress again


There’s no denying the high street wedding dress offering is strong, so strong in fact, that you really don’t need to spend a fortune on a designer dress, unless you want to of course (have you seen the amazing couture gowns in Paris?).

Case in point, the new FCUK bridal collection, launching online as a pre-order on 1st February (you can sign up for it here), and in all stores on 18th Feb. The second installation from the brand comes after the success of the first one last year, and it is just dreamy.

Think super sleek pieces for the bride that really isn’t into massive ballgowns. There are high-necked midi dresses, minimalist column dresses and embellished Grecian style gowns. My favourite detail has to be the pockets though, because every bride needs somewhere to store her tissues if she gets emotional.

Maria Chen, Creative Director at French Connection, says, ‘After such a positive reaction from customers towards our debut bridal collection from last year we’re delighted to be launching a second capsule for 2019. The essence of the collection retains its modern feminine French Connection identity, evolving the most popular designs.’

The beauty of these designs is that they’re also great if you’re having a civil ceremony first, then a religious one at a later date, or a destination wedding. Although they haven’t launched yet, Marie told us the styles she predicts will sell out fast.

‘The Palermo dress from 2018 was a bestseller, indicating our customer loves intricate hand-embellishment and a classic bridal shape, the beautiful Emelina dress from 2019 brings a new element to this timeless design. The Clandre Vintage Jumpsuit is a favourite look from the new collection.’

Be sure to set a reminder.

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