15 need-them-now bags (that you need to bag now!)
Must-have carryalls and crossbodies for your closet.

Dec 17, 2012 05:03
by Natasha Saroca

Ever been told that you have too many bags? Well, we don’t want to veto advice that’s been bestowed upon you by your boyfriend, mum or thrifty friends, but – to put it bluntly – we think they’re wrong. Okay, maybe not wrong, just a little misguided.

The fact is that bags are the ultimate wardrobe multi-tasker and deserve every last inch of space they take up in your closet. After all, they’re practical, instantly add punch or polish to any outfit and can be used for more than two days in a row without anyone batting an eyelid. Need we say more?

Here’s our wrap up of the latest designs that you totes need to add to your collection.

1. The Luxe Leather Bag
Combine soft, supple leather with creamy tones, classic lines and chic gold hardware, and the result is a handbag that exudes easy elegance. Team with jeans and a fresh white tee for a luxe-meets-laidback look. Mimco Tough Romance Handbag in Latte, $450, mimco.com.au

2. The Get Fit Gym Bag
You’re more likely to muster the motivation to hit the gym when you have a killer bag to carry all your fitness essentials. Well, that’s what we’re running with. Lorna Jane Charmer Tote Bag/Backpack, $79.99, lornajane.com.au

3. The Colour Block Bag
Colour blocking is here to stay for another season. Commit to the trend by pairing a bag in blocked brights with a similar or contrasting shade, or team with neutrals for a look that speaks of subtle style. Olga Berg Patent Ladylike Bag, $89.95, olgaberg.com.au

4. The Beach Bum Bag
Embrace ladylike styling at the beach this summer with a neutral-toned tote adorned with delicate detailing. sea & me Lacey Days Beach Bag, $55, seaandme.com.au

5. The Trendy Tech Bag
The laptop sleeve: think of it like a clutch for your digital device. Pick a design that suits your personality and brightens up your work day. Typo Lap It Up 15.6 Cover in Fash Floral, $24.95, shop.cottonon.com/shop/typo

6. The Classic Black Bag
Like the LBD, the classic black bag is a closet staple and a worthy investment. Divide the cost of your chosen carryall with an estimate of how often you’ll use it to calculate the cost-per-wear. Yep, that’s right – it’s basically free. nellie&me Averlie Braided Bag, $179.95, nellieandme.com.au

7.The ‘It’ Bag
Want to rock the latest ‘It’ bag like a pro? Dress in your signature style from head to toe, sling that bag over your shoulder and watch as those around you suffer from a serious bout of bag-envy. Alexander Wang Rockie Duffel Bag from Shopbop, $722.38, shopstyle.com.au

8. The Do-Gooder Bag
Look good and feel even better by investing in a bag that’s crafted using eco and ethical trade practices. Athinaeum Concepcion Mini Maletta Red + Brocade, $279, athinaeum.myshopify.com

9. The Sassy Shopper Bag
Complete your casual day-tripper look with a playful skirt, white tank and a cool chambray shirt. Materialistic Totes Bag, $40, materialistic.com.au

10. The Set-For-Saturday-Night Bag
Bling and brilliant colour set the scene for a fun night out on the town. Mimco Maharaja Envelope Clutch in Jonquil/Silver, $279, mimco.com.au

11. The Global Traveller Bag
Whether you’re going on an overseas adventure or want to spice up an outfit with ethnic embellishments, a bag inspired by faraway lands is just the ticket. Add flair with an arm of beaded bracelets and leather sandals. Billabong Girls Romily Bag Fiesta Brights, $39.99, billabonggirls.com.au

12. The Just-Keys-And-Coins Bag
A compact crossbody is perfect for a night out or when you don’t feel like lugging a heavy handbag around for the day. Wayne by Wayne Cooper Kim Shoulder Bag in Teal, $99.95, myer.com.au

13. The Festival Goer’s Bag
Find a bag that’s the perfect size to hold cash, a camera, sunscreen, shades and your ID, and you’ll be festival ready. Fringing optional. Alibi Navajo Fringed Bag, $59.95, alibionline.com.au

14. The Statement Bag
Let your statement bag shine by opting for an outfit that complements – and doesn’t compete with – the show-stopping design. Isobel Badin My One And Only Shoulder Bag, $505, moltenstore.com

15. The Mini-Break Bag
Who said luggage had to be lacking in style? An overnighter in a look-at-me print will ensure your stylish bag won’t get lost in a crowd. Urban Originals Long Weekend Overnight Bag, $119.95, uo.com.au


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