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Bags of style

From mini shoulder bags to squishy totes, colourful party bags, and more, it’s time to pep up your wardrobe with one of the most covetable bags of the season.

Whether you are in the market to buy, browse, or just having some online shopping fun, finding the right bag can be tricky. With so many options out there, from the type of bag to the colour, size, brand hype, and material, you want to get it right. Here are our top tips on how to buy the handbag of your dreams.

Right size and weight
One of the most important things to consider when buying a new bag is the size. If you don’t have much stuff to lug around then there’s no point in buying an oversized or bulky bag. Think of the occasion you need it for, and this will help you decide on the size. You will need a much smaller bag for a wedding than you would to commute to work. Also, consider the weight of the bag, the bigger it is, the more you’ll end up putting in it so it will cause pain in the shoulders, arms, and neck.  

If you’re spending a fair amount of money on a bag, you want it to be good quality and worth it. Of course, you won’t mind spending more if it’s of supreme quality and will last for years to come. Things to look out for are stitching around each and every corner of the bag, and zippers, as these things can fail on quality on cheaper bags.

You must choose the material of a bag based on how you are going to use it. If your daily commute is by bike, leather will deteriorate when it's subjected to multiple downpours, so you may need to consider a waterproof option. Bags made of cruelty-free materials are gaining popularity. Vegan leather is reasonable and durable and there is a wide range on the market now. A few brands are taking the route of jute bags which are equally stylish and environmentally friendly. 

Consider the number of compartments a bag has so you can keep your stuff organised. It’s all very well going for a bag with fewer compartments, but multi-compartment bags are heaven when it comes to finding those essentials in a rush. But it depends on how you are going to use it. If you don’t have many things to put in it, then no compartments will suit you fine.

An everyday handbag must be versatile so you can multi-use it. Tote bags are a great go-to for your daily travel as you can easily manage all your work essentials stylishly. Convertible bags are another great buy as you can effortlessly transform their look by just adding or removing a strap or even turning it inside out.

Colour plays a huge part in setting the tone for the day and your overall look. Neutral colours such as black, brown, and beige compliment most outfits. While black was one of the most sought-after colour, right now bright bags are having a moment like red, yellow, blue, and pastels, and not just for those special occasions either. Coloured bags are being used in everyday life.

Of course, the price is a crucial factor that must be taken into consideration, but in the end, always buy a bag as an investment. Spend as much as you can afford but know that good quality will last longer than cheaper alternatives. Do your research so you know you’ll be making a good decision.

Handbag essentials

Here’s a rough guide on the types of bags you should have in your wardrobe.

A little black bag. Great for going out.

A work bag. A tote for shopping or work life.

A backpack. If you’re commuting by bike this is essential for keeping all your work essentials in an easy carryall.

A summer bag. A light bag for those hot summer days to the beach, holidays, and picnics. Look for canvas, staw, or textile.

Everyday crossbody, mid-size bag. For hands-free, hassle-free errands around town. 

Small light coloured bag. For special occasion dressing in spring and summer.

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