Look out for: Quality leather, buckles, briefcase styles, structured shapes.
The classic black bag is timeless, versatile and perfect for the office. This bag will bring boardroom chic to the most basic office look and see you through every season. Keep it clean and structured, for ultimate wearability.
Look out for: Sequins, metallic leather, Perspex, studs.
Forget practicality, the clutch bag is all about giving your party look an extra dose of glamour. Be flamboyant and pick an embellished design or a boxy clutch or go minimal with subtle metallic leather.
Shop for party clutch bags
e.g. Embellished clutch bag
Look out for: super bright satchels, envelope bags, embossed leather.
The practical cross body bag has become a major trend in the past few years. Choose from bright satchels to practical messenger bags to delicate vintage-style bags with a chain strap.
Shop for cross body bags
e.g. Henry Holland lips
Look out for: leopard print, snakeskin, gorgeous coloured leather.
A super-sized bag will fast become your favourite bag, trust us. Not only can you cram in all your handbag essentials (and non-essentials), but this number will give an instant on-trend vibe to any classic look.
Shop for oversized tote bags
e.g. Floozie tote
Look out for: leather, bright colour pops, utilitarian canvas, Chanel-style graffiti.
The fashion backpack is the perfect bag for tapping into Spring/Summer 2014’s sport luxe trend. Choose luxury leather for the office or laid-back canvas to copy Chanel’s graffiti backpack.
Shop for on trend backpacks
e.g. Red herring backpack
Look out for: classy details, quality materials, impeccable stitching.
No wardrobe is complete without at least one pricey investment bag. This bag will last much longer than one season, it's a bag with timeless appeal.
Shop for investment bags
e.g. Mulberry investment bag
Watch out for: chunky buckles, boxy shapes, bright colours and patterns, mini satchels.
Forget the school playground, satchels have grown up. The retro shape is perfect for ipads and paperwork and it makes a cool but practical addition to your day-to-day outfit.
Shop for satchels
e.g. Henry Holland satchel
Watch out for: fringing, sequins, leopard print, woven fabrics and Aztec prints.
Your festival pack needs to be hands-free, a little bit boho and just big enough to carry your essentials. The latest mini duffle bags hit the spot, as do bumbags and mini satchels.
Shop for festival bags
e.g. Pink mini leopard satchel
To check out these types of handbag and others have a look at French Connection.