Must have bags to see you through every occasion
Cover all bag bases with these nine versatile picks - it may sound like a lot, but trust us, once you’ve got these in your collection you’ll have the perfect option for any outfit or occasion.
1. An everyday work bag
This bag must have room to fit your laptop, work documents and whatever else you take to the office. It should be comfortable and easy to carry, as well as stylish and versatile. Go for a plain, classic cut in either tan or black to match the majority of your work outfits. A leather tote bag could be perfect for the job.
2. Important occasion work bag
We all know that our trusty work bag isn’t always going to be the most glamourous of items, especially when subjected to daily use, it can easily start to look a bit shabby. However, when you have a big meeting, presentation or event, it’s important to look the part - bag included. A nice, clean structured handbag is a necessity for these special events to give off the impression that you are always professional and put together (even if that’s not entirely true!).
3. Small side bag
Whether it’s worn slung over the shoulder or across your body, you can’t go wrong with a small side bag. Big enough to hold your essentials such as keys, cards, cash, your phone and maybe a lip balm, this bag will ensure you have what you need without weighing yourself down with unnecessary items - the perfect option for a weekend daytime outing.
4. Shopping bag
Not only will you look stylish, but the environment will thank you. Investing in a large canvas, cloth or leather bag to take with you on shopping trips will eliminate the need to carry around multiple plastic bags and reduce your contribution to plastic pollution - it’s a win win.
5. A trusty backpack
When you’re running errands it can be nice to have something that will just stay put on your shoulders and do the job well, which is where a good backpack will never fail. Also, if you have quite a few things to buy or cart around, wearing a backpack with both straps will help to reduce the risk of shoulder strain or injury that can occur when wearing a heavy handbag that puts all the weight on one side of the body.
6. An evening bag
When it’s time for date night or a fancy event, there is nothing wrong with breaking out a bag that is a little more glamorous than your day to day accessory. While you could opt for a clutch in these situations, it’s often nice to go for the hands free option choosing a bag with a dainty shoulder chain or leather strap.
7. Clutch bag
This small and trusty hand held bag can be held inside your bigger day to day bag and taken out to use alone for occasions such as out of office lunches when you don't want to have to cart around a heavy bag. A clutch is also perfect for events such as weddings, cocktail parties or fancy occasions with a slightly stricter dress code.
8. Overnight/weekend bag
Everyone needs that bag that’s big enough to fit a few changes of clothes and some toiletries for a spontaneous weekend away! It could also be used at the gym to carry your clothing and equipment. Multiple uses means more bang for your buck!
9. A colourful statement bag
Okay, so this one isn’t entirely necessary, but it sure is fun. Wearing a bag with an unusual colour, pattern or style will not only be a fun addition to your outfit, but it will also help you to break out of the neutral colour palette so many of us often fall into. A great option for the weekend, this bag will be the antithesis to your weekday nine to five.