It’s approaching that time of year whereby us ladies will be getting all glammed up to go out socially with friends and work colleagues over the festive season; and our partners to hear the words, “I’ve nothing to wear!” within an overloaded wardrobe.
But its not just a case of that, we also need matching shoes, jewellery, pashminas, handbags &c., to avoid showing ourselves up. Albeit at the end of the night, and the worse for wear after a few beverages, the finishing product sometimes can be the polar opposite of the great attention to detail before jumping into our taxi for the night out.
For the purposes of this fashion blog, I wish to focus my attention on handbags, which have caught my eye, ranging from the affordable through to hefty price tags.
Gold metallic mini backpack by River Island (£28.00)
This mini backpack from River Island is not dissimilar to a Michael Kors creation. The RI branded backpack comes designed with metallic fabric with tonal gold trims, flap over concept and buckled front flap pocket.
Furthermore this comes with drawstring fastening, top handle and shoulder straps. The dimensions are: height 25cm, width 21.5cm, strap length 82cm, and handle drop 10cm.
If you are looking to go out and ensure you do not lose your bag whilst out partying this head turning bag is easy to spot and just put over your back when on the move. This mini backpack by River Island can be purchased either by visiting one of their many retail outlets or online at riverisland.com.
Black Yaz Clutch Bag by Marc B at Topshop (£47)
A number of ladies shall be selecting a clutch bag, to have and to hold over the festive season, and the Yaz Clutch Bag by Marc B from Topshop falls into that category.
Personally, albeit each to their own, I prefer to have the smallest and most practical bag possible when out socially over the party season, provided I can squeeze in the ladies essentials, my perfume &c. Clutch bags force us ladies to select only the important items due to the limited space.
This contemporary and clean edge feel to this Clutch Bag by Marc B falls into this low maintenance and minimum fuss category. This is a perfect accessory when you do not wish to carry a bag over your shoulder or back, which will restrict your movements. This clutch bag can provide the right balance for your night out, as this also has a twin strap black cross body.
The functional cross body consists of three practical compartments and comes with two different style adjustable straps. Flexibility and multi-purpose wise, you can slip on a shoulder strap for daytime wear or simply use as a clutch to add a dash of style to any outfit.
This Marc B handbag comes with a faux-leather black outer and elegant gold coloured front closure. The double removable straps are designed with plain adjustable strap and laced gold chain to match the front closure.
There are four internal compartments, one of which is zipped. The interior includes 1 zipper pocket and 2 slip pockets, and has signature marc b. leopard print lining. As a very nice finishing touch this is supplied with a classic marc b removable heart charm.
This has a look very similar to a Chanel bag, which is one of the top handbags for 2016, except this Marc B handbag is a fraction of the price.
The dimensions are: H: 17cm x W: 27cm x D: 7cm.
This Clutch Bag by Marc B can be purchased in store at Topshop or online at topshop.com.
White Calfskin Bag by Dior (£2,900)
Not affected by changes in fashion, this “Lady Dior” bag is a work of art inspired with the couture spirit of Dior. This white calfskin bag is elegantly decorated with animals inspired by Dior charms.
This Christian Dior “Lady Dior” bag in white calfskin can either be carried in the hand or on the shoulder.
White Calfskin Bag by Dior dimensions are: 24 x 20 x 11 cm.
This comes with very hefty price tag of £2,400, and if money is no object, this premium handbag can be purchased online at dior.com.
Balenciaga Giant City bag (£1,125)
The Balenciaga black Giant City bag is beautifully crafted from naturally creased lamb leather with a glossy high shine and it easy to see from the chic Italian design and host of signature details why this commands a hefty price tag of £1,125.
This Balenciaga handbag comes in a choice of six colour ways – two shades of blue, black, grey, violet and pink. This fabulous handbag is loaded with a host of signature details:two hand-braided top handles, gold-tone metal accents, and a matching detachable mirror.
The design includes front zip-fastening pocket and zip-top closure, signature leather zip-pull tassel, one internal-zip pocket, two slip pockets and canvas lining. Dimensions are: width 15in/38cm, length 9.4in/24cm, depth 5.5in/14.3cm, handle drop length 5in/12.6cm and strap drop length 9in/22.8cm.
In terms of to have and to hold, you can simply detach the shoulder strap and carry it by hand for the swanky mode look.
Hermes Jige Clutch Bag (approx.£3,100)
This gorgeous clutch handbag from Hermes commands a very hefty price tag, which appears on the face of it perhaps hard to justify, but if money is not in short supply this could be the premium handbag for you.
This vintage style handbag comes in several extrovert colours such as pink, orange, burgundy and yellow, so therefore if you are looking for a handbag with the wow factor, this ticks the box.
The inner is manufactured in beige canvas. This premium handbag is very well made and saddle stitched. There is tab fastening under the ‘H‘ for Hermes.
Dimensions are width: 29 cm, height: 20 cm, depth: 3 cm.
The selling price may account of its very exclusive and pure Jige look.