In an age where we’re bombarded with choice on a daily basis, getting dressed can be quicker and easier if you simplify your wardrobe. Think high-quality, low-quantity pieces that work for a number of different occasions, from running errands to lunches with loved ones – and this includes your handbag collection.
In fact, there are a few bag styles that are considered timeless must-haves by the fashion elite, especially if you opt for classic colours such as black, white and tan.
1. Shoulder Bags
Firstly, shoulder purses are great for slinging on in a hurry. Whether you prefer a slouchy hobo or something a little more boxy, there are several silhouettes suitable for any personal taste.
Shoulder bags for women tend to have one or two short straps, but sometimes they have a longer strap so that it hangs lower and gives your armpit room to breathe!
Crescent moon shapes and heavy metal hardware have been showcased at the Spring/Summer 2022 shows as these Valentino Garavani designer shoulder bags to watch. From your lounge clothes to your activewear, these trends will add a touch of drama to any casual ensemble.
2. Crossbody Bags
Crossbody bags have a long strap and are designed to be worn — you guessed it — across the body. They come in all silhouettes and sizes and can take your outfit from day to night in a fashion heartbeat.
If you pride yourself on being ahead of the style pack, crafty crochet and vintage-influenced satchels did the rounds on the SS22 catwalks. Regardless of design, this accessory is just as pretty as it is practical all season long.
3. Shopping Totes
A shopping tote is the simplest and most versatile everyday bag that you could own. It’s usually large in size with two longer handles. This means that they’re not only ideal for fitting in all of your daily essentials, but they also make it easy to carry them around for a day of work, travel or — that’s right — shopping.
There’s just one rule when it comes to shopping totes: embrace your inner maximalist with minimal, durable fabrics such as cotton, linen and canvas. Although, we can’t deny that there’s something incredibly beautiful about an oversized leather variety. Swoon.
Backpacks are one of the most-loved handbags by functional fashionistas. You can be hands-free while you’re on the go and it distributes the weight of your load evenly, avoiding any pesky back, neck or shoulder tension. (What a relief!)
Compact nylons with multiple pockets are going to be the way forward this season. These were juxtaposed on the SS22 catwalks with clean, smart leathers to instantly sharpen your casual clothing collection.
5. Grab-and-Go Bags
Grab bags, or top-handle bags, are a great go-to when you’re searching for a fuss-free purse option. Featuring one or two short handles and sometimes a long handle to wear across the body, they are traditionally small and square. However, circular options are becoming more popular amongst the fashion crowd.
Case in point: the SS22 grab bags that are shaped like buckets. The most lusted-after versions were crafted from smooth leathers with glossy finishes and contrast stitching, which are perfect for polishing your everyday look.
Whether you’d describe your personal style as trendy, edgy, urban or boho, these classic handbags are considered staples for the modern working woman.
The new designs may seem like investment pieces, but consider the mileage. They will work for everything, be it a coffee date or supermarket trip, for the new season and beyond.
Keep being AllDayChic!