Handbag Heroes

Fashion

The styles to know...

Maasmechelen Village

What good is a bucket bag, backpack or cross-body if you can’t flaunt it? Eight styles, eight ways to step up your accessory game this season. Meet the trendsetters worth breaking the bank for.

1. The Micro Bag

This season’s micro bag is all about easy-chic with a contemporary twist. Flaunting every shape from a polished pouch to a playful elephant-shaped creation – we see you LOEWE – the itty bitty it bag is just for the minimalists – who needs more than keys and a credit card anyway? Invest in a bejewelled nano-sized box bag: it’s the perfect after-dark accessory.

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2. The Oversized Tote

And on the other side of the spectrum, if you’re happy to tow everything but the kitchen sink then by all means embrace the maxi bag trend with open arms. From a pouf shape duffle to a pop print tote, the giant carryall knows no bounds. Just accept that you’ll be the designated keeper of purses, pumps, phone chargers… you name it.

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3. The Statement Strap

A standout style that doubles as sculpted art – what more could a girl ask for? From minuscule leather wristlets punctuated with circular hardware to satchels and, yes, even faux fur-trimmed handles, statement straps are all about standing out. It is also hands down the best way to breathe new life into an old tote or cross-body. Let the strap hunting begin.

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4. The Bucket Bag

Take our word for it, this is the building block of polished, pared-back looks. Yes the bucket bag du jour is a streamlined leather style with a drawstring top, but there’s nothing stopping you from going all out with a showstopper piece. A two-tone style or a pleated rainbow-hued number will do the trick. It may be trending, but we predict this one will be a forever favourite.

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5. The Chain Handle

Heavyweight gunmetal, iridescent gold and brass chain accents have been making the rounds on the runway, and we can see why. The chain handle is adding a dose of downtown cool with a luxe vibe to wallet bags, clutches and quilted shoulder bags. Take your styling lead from every blogger about town and wear it with a slogan white tee and an asymmetric leather skirt.

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6. The Belt Bag

Guess who’s back, back again? Scoff if you like, but the belt bag – formerly known as the bum bag/fanny pack – is the best thing about ‘90s style, so its comeback is justified. If you’re all about keeping it hands free – though it works equally well draped over one shoulder – the belt bag is calling your name. We happen to think it’s also made for the road-trip/glamping getaway you’ve been dreaming of.

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7. The Bold Backpack

Time to do away with the novelty knapsack you can wear with everything, and get acquainted with a younger, edgier backpack that hankers for the limelight. Whether you’re a logo lover or partial to embellishment, the trend for the elevated backpack will satisfy extroverts everywhere. Go all out à la Anya Hindmarch and flaunt a sticker-clad style or invest in a metallic brocade number that borderline glows in the dark. Because you can.

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8. The Fringe Finish

If it doesn’t come with a fringe trim or tassel detailing, do you really need it? Fringe has been flaunted heavily in an ode to all things Americana, and rightfully so, because it works with suede, leather and even canvas for a fun and tactile finish. Take your cue from a biker chick and invest in a black fringe and whipstitch-trim leather satchel for daytime, or opt for a refined style in the form of a box bag with oversized tassel sides.

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