Springs Hottest Handbags - The Lowdown

If you adore your oversized bag, why not go for a similar one in a different shade? Accessorize always adds cheerful colours to the summer collection, so that's a great place to find a powder blue or lemon-yellow style. Or, this season, why not go for fresh white? Although it's the colour of the summer, a white bag will be a good investment for a few seasons to come and will go with just about anything (just keep it free of stains).

For this season's best white bags, look at Faith (from around €70) or John Rocha at Debenhams, who has a great Brecan Canvas Messenger Bag (€90). For a big investment buy, go for the Jimmy Choo Lolha snakeskin and leather bag (from €2,172.62). I also love the white patent Miu Miu Bugatti glazed leather tote (€911.470 both at www.netaporter.com).

OK, so that's colour of the way but what styles are scoring high next season?

It's no longer fashionable to be seen carrying a gaudy 'It' bag. Instead, practical (not flash) is the look to aim for. Enter the suitably chic looking satchel. Nearly every big designer has created one this season. Chloé's is a vintage style in nude leather, Chanel has one in bouclé wool and Louis Vuitton's is monogrammed, as might be expected. On the highstreet, Marks & Spencer are stocking wonderfully classic satchels starting at €100 and Hobbs is doing a gorgeous one called the Hampstead in tan leather for €182.

If you are looking for something just a little more glamorous say 'yes' to quilted bags, but perhaps not to those with a chain strap - even Chanel have included a plainer version this time around. Gucci have quilted their futuristic bucket totes and Luella has padded out her lady-like, Fifties-style ones.

For those wishing to make a bold style statement, you could always try a bum bag. Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you - the bum bag is back. In May Marks & Spencer will embark on a full-on offensive that should see this most derided of hands-free storage solutions reclaim its spot as a fashion must-have.

The new Marks & Spencer bum bag will come in washed-leather-effect polyurethane. As well as its main compartment (complete with a secure zip) it will boast two additional pockets, one jazzed-up with on-trend metal studs. Part of the Limited range the bum bag will retail at just €25. With stars such as Rihanna and Katy Perry spotted wearing them recently, fashion experts are predicting the look to be huge this summer. You've been warned.

A new bag is a great investment for summer


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Mar 3, 2010