Unless you can afford a different designer handbag for every look, investing in a classic bag that goes with everything makes sense. This doesn’t mean that it has to be boring however, and today there are loads of versatile designer bags that are fun to wear. What is more, with the current trend for detachable straps many of these bags can go from day to evening, casual to more formal with effortless ease.
The detachable and adjustable strap means that you can have three bags in one if you choose your design carefully: clutch, shoulder bag and cross body bag, so you can mix and match your looks to suit the occasion. For this to work well you need to choose a medium to small bag – it needs to have enough room for your essentials in the day time, but be small enough to work as a generously sized clutch.
For work or more formal day wear, a shoulder bag is what you need. Adjust the strap to the right length for the bag to sit either on the hip or just above depending on your ensemble. Don’t overload your bag and consider carrying a tote or other work bag as well to take your laptop and documents, so that your handbag keeps its shape and doesn’t get over-stretched.
Remove the strap altogether to give you a clutch for evening events, or tuck the strap into the bag when you are out on the town, so that you can easily retrieve it for hands-free dancing.
Cross body bag
For weekend casual wear, a cross body bag is the best – adjust the strap to full length and sling your bag over a loose dress and cardigan with boots or your best designer jeans.
The style of bag you choose is up to you – simple soft leather in neutral colours gives you the most flexibility. Grey, brown and black go with most things but can be livened up with fun and funky detailing: ruches and ruffles, tassels and contrasting stitching all add interest to a simple bag without going over the top and are right on trend this season.
Designers to look out for
If you can afford the big name designers such as Gucci and Fendi, then go for it, but if you are looking for designer quality and style on a more moderate budget look out for bags by Caterina Lucchi, a well-known Italian designer with a youthful and fun outlook; or try Paul & Joe Sister, French designer Sophie Albou’s diffusion label, with a retro-inspired chic urban feel. Both these labels have a selection of great handbags with detachable straps that will really get you places this season.