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Carry all: Three bag styles to invest in this summer

2018 has been a big year for fashion. With designers championing the art of the ‘overstatement’, hits have included sequin-strewn dresses, sumptuous pastel colour blocking and swishing fringes – on everything.

When it comes to bags, things have been no different. Classics have been transformed into pieces of opulent art, predictable silhouettes have been replaced by experimental architecture and embellishment has featured on almost every catwalk.

Yet, in the end, it was three carrier styles that came up tops. One, a classic made contemporary with striking detail, another, fitted with a retro-inspired handle and the last, a silhouette that puts the humble shoulder bag to shame. Intrigued? Read about them here….

The Ring Handle Bag

Polly Ring Handle Bag
We’re loving this Polly Ring Handle Bag from Salar

Championed by the likes of Chloé and Chanel, the ring handle design is one of 2018’s biggest success stories. A simple way to add an infusion of sculptural architecture to an outfit, it comes in both statement and pared-back styles. Whether you hook yours through the nook of your arm or dangle it from your hand, this striking style can be found at designer discount destinations such as Secret Sales.

The Circle Bag

We’re loving this camel coloured circle bag from Philipsen

SS18 saw the dominance of geometric shaped carriers, and in the end it was one silhouette which reigned supreme – the circle bag. Featured in runway shows by Saint Laurent, Chanel and Chloé, they’ve come in the form of disco balls, straw designs and boxy offerings. Match a candy pink one with a retro-inspired outfit during the daytime, and then pair an embellished red version with a black silk dress for evening occasions.

The Woven Bag

We’re loving this Cream Circle Woven Straw Tote Bag from New Look

Popularised by actress Jane Birkin in the 1970s, the woven bag is the epitome of playful, carefree style. This season, it’s back, and in a big way too. Shaped into whimsical circles, structured boxes and buckets, laden with beading, tassels and studs, and cast in both classic and contemporary hues, this summery favourite makes for a fashionable investment. Pair yours with a flowing white floral dress, plain plimsolls and colour pop nail polish.

So, now you know the must-have bags of the moment, it’s time to head out into the shops to find your own runway-inspired accessory. Whether you choose design one, two or three, ensure to dress yours up with a bright ensemble and swathes of elegant jewellery.