Bag It! Our Top 10 Summer Bags!

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It’s time. A new season means a new bag. Or 10. With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get your hands on a brand spanking new bag to get you into the sunshine mood. With a mixture of designer and high street, we count down the top 10 summer bags…

At number 10 we find a little designer number from Orla Kiely. Quilted, patent, bright yellow and sporting the cutest button details not dissimilar to Smarties, this little bag is perfect for day trips in the summer. Small, convenient and lightweight, it’s the one that’s going to brighten up your outfit, and mood, in an instant. At £280, it’s slightly pricier than your average across body bag, but that’s because it’s far from average!  Find this little treat at www.orlakiely.com

Number 9 goes to an arm-candy that we will never get enough of, despite the price. Chanel’s 2.55 has always been a celebrity favourite. Big enough to hold your handbag essentials [lipgloss, purse, phone, more lipgloss…] but small enough to exude glamour, this bag is not far from perfect. Created in various styles and materials, it’s your preference whether you go for the white leather or the pink suede. This bag wonder will set you back £1,600, so it’s probably not a purchase to be made on an everyday shopping trip; a treat for yourself however…
www.chanel.com

Love sun, sea and sand? Well we have just the right accessory for you. Coming in at number 8 is a jersey slouch bag from Topshop. Available in blue, red or green striped combination white, alone it is the epitome of what summer is all about. Nautical themed, it has the qualities that every fashionista would require in a bag; stylish, fun and big enough for everything but the kitchen sink; how can you go wrong?! It’s a steal at £30.
http://www.topshop.com

Strutting in at number 7 is a sexy little clutch from Reiss. Coral is all the rage this season, so this rectangular clutch already wins a top place in the trend stakes. The body of the bag is covered in a soft, silky coral splash, with pleated panels following different directions. The shiny clasp at the top is black with an acrylic finish to give it an edge. £80 can be justified with a bag like this in your mits, and maybe it’s time for those old worn clutches to go to the bin in the sky? This is the ultimate going-out bag; whether it’s clubbing with the girls or a fancy soiree, it has the smoothness to be elegant, and the sex appeal to be retro.
www.asos.com

Juicy Couture is known for its pink tracksuits and noisy accessories, but we have found a gem of a bag amongst all the velour. The Blake Straw bag is the definition of happiness. Made of a slouchy wicker, it houses a nostalgic vibe that is irresistible. With its brown leather handles and the small beaded motif on the front, this bag revels in its reinvented boho ‘granny’ style. Think Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, but with heaps more style. Not only fashionable, it’s equally as functional. Big enough for your towel, sun cream and other beach needs, it’s a summer classic. And with a cute button attachment at the top, it will make sure all your stuff is safe! At £175, it may cost you a tad more than any Dorothy lookalike, but for the happy memories it brings, it’s completely worth it!
http://www.polyvore.com/juicy_couture_large_blake_straw/thing?id=6816164

We all know that night time clutch bags are guaranteed, but it might be time for day time clutches to make an appearance. French Connection have created a perfect candidate for the job, with their Wooden Clutch. Beige slouchy canvas with small weaved detail, it’s a delight to hold as well as ogle. The clutch is finished off with a large, statement solid wood clasp. It comes in at £65, which appears a little bit much for a clutch, but with this French Connection beauty, you’re getting much more than that. Light, breezy and more than sufficient in size, this clutch is a lovely partner in crime for those indulgent shopping trips.
www.frenchconnection.com

Hitting the high street once more, number 4 goes to a New Look treat. Fringing is one of the most wearable trends this season, think more drapery and less cowboy. A mid-brown with gold stud details, it suits our fringing curiosity and our gold addiction. Not too OTT, the fringing is prominent but not too ‘homemade’, which entitles this bag the right to be worn in many different ways. From a day out, a shopping splurge or a holiday buddy, this suede bag has the potential to be forever! A trusty, reliable, sizeable bag, costing just £20, it can’t get much better than that!
www.newlook.co.uk

Number 3 in our countdown is presented to an ASOS beauty. With a long shoulder strap, tan woven leather detail and a wrap over buckle, the Barrel Bag is casually curious. The shape of a tubular barrel, this small but sturdy accessory deserves to be worn with only the best casual, understated, beachy attire. Perfect for sunny days in white sun dresses, this mixed brown bag stands out on it’s own for it’s unusual shape. This delight is only £28 which means more ice creams!
www.asos.com

Oasis have created a lovely pink/nude shoulder bag, which comes in at number 2. Ideal for many purposes, whether it’s work, everyday life or a special occasion, this simple, clean cut bag has something for everyone. With nude being a top trend this summer, this pleated leather bag carries a light, airy feel to it, perfect for both city and country life. £60 is a small price to pay for a trustworthy, goes-with-anything bag, which is exactly what this Oasis treat is. It can be found in store or alternately on ASOS.com
www.asos.com

Drum roll please. At number one stands the Radley Marsden: summer and style and work practicality rolled into one. Made from leather, it’s an everyday bag with class, available in deep brown or apple green. With a thick strap that tucks into a pink woven tab, and pocket details on each side, this accessory is unbeatable in all facets. Not too heavy or chunky it fits perfectly under your arm, and carries all the resilience and strength of any good, durable bag. Priced at £135, it’s a reasonable request for such a dependable bag. Your new best friend, the Marsden can be adapted to mostly any situation, which is why we have named it the top summer bag this year.
www.radley.co.uk

By Sarah Kwong

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