We’re all for refreshing our look with bags, shoes and accessories each season (one pair of shoes can instantly update many outfits, so it is very cost effective and kinder to the environment).
 
A quick sweep of the high street indicates that bag trends are strong this spring. Possibly due to the fact that we didn’t buy many during the pandemic!
 
Here’s my guide to choosing the right one.
 
Scale
 
Micro bags, slouchy totes and short strap shoulder bags are just some of the trends that are everywhere. But do you consider proportions when buying a new bag? Generally speaking a small bag will look more balanced on a petite frame and conversely, a larger bag will look better on a larger frame.
 
Big Tummy
 
You may instinctively reach for a cross body bag to cover up this area but avoid bulkier designs as they can draw attention. A traditional handbag with grab handles will draw the eye down and away from your tummy area.
 
Wide Hips
 
This could be someone who is pear-shaped or is conscious of their hip area. Avoid shoulder bags that finish at your widest point. Look for a bag with shorter straps (or adjusts if possible) so that it finishes under your arm. This along with the way that you dress, will help to balance out your frame.
 
Long & Tall
 
You can use texture and print to break up your long, lean look. Rattan weave basket bags are perfect for adding interesting texture to your outfit. Avoid bags on long chains unless worn crossbody.
 
Big bust
 
Avoid short straps and cross body bags as both will emphasis the bust area. Long straps will draw the eye away from your chest area, as will a grab handle.
 
Colour
 
Choose a colour that will work with many outfits. For example a Clear (dark hair, bright eyes) may have a lot of strong shades such as black and navy in their wardrobe. A pop of red will work tremendously well and breathe new life into old outfits.