We don’t need an excuse to buy a new bag, they’re investment pieces after all, but as we enter a new season and embark on a wardrobe refresh, it’s only apt we update our accessory collection too. A great handbag will elevate any look lacking some je ne sais quoi and provide serious style points for nights out, days in the office and weekend errands. So whether you’re looking for an oversized tote or a bejewelled mini bag, we’ve rounded up some of the best styles on the market.

The Evening Bag

Our handbags may have gone into retirement for 18 months, but our newfound freedom is influencing our fashion decisions with a go hard or go home approach. From diamante encrusted mini bags to chic satin shoulder bags, it’s important we make up for lost time.

Our newfound freedom is influencing our fashion decisions with a go hard or go home approach

Shiny Fabric Crossbody Bag, Zara

The Shoulder Bag

The coolest handbag trend this year, a 90’s shoulder bag is 2021’s hero buy. This chic style is loved by influencers and celebrities alike and is an investment piece you should own – there’s little reason not to cradle one of these under your arm. Nineties nostalgia we’re not afraid of.

The coolest handbag trend this year, a 90's shoulder bag is 2021's hero buy

Portia Brown Semi Patent Leather Shoulder Bag, By Far

The Shopper

These XL bags quite literally fit the kitchen sink, but without compromising on style. A supersize shopper will hold your laptop, gym kit and an outfit change for dinner – a must-have for women on the go. Buy in classic colours and they’ll carry you well into the following season. Grocery run but make it fashion.

A supersize shopper will hold your laptop, gym kit and an outfit change for dinner

Juno Vegan Leather Tote, Nanushka

Top Handle Tote

Chic, sleek, practical? Check. This ladylike bag style will forever be an icon you can rely on. Its minimal and timeless design is perfect for those looking for a polished work bag that pairs well with tailoring. Instant elegance for when you’ve got to be on your A-game.

This ladylike bag style will forever be an icon you can rely on

Arco mini intrecciato textured-leather tote, Bottega Veneta

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