The sale season has begun! Not all brands (and hardly any of the high-street stores) have started marking their discounts, but a couple of the big hitters including Matches Fashion, MiH and Very Exclusive are in full-on sale mode. And if you’re looking for a new handbag, it could be time to make that splurge. When it comes to sale shopping you should approach it with a mix of head and heart. Obviously, go for what you love, but if you can resist all your must-have-it-NOW cravings and are able to think rationally about what you need in your wardrobe, what works with your existing items and what might last this season, next season and forever, then you’ll be all the better for it. With that in mind, we’ve picked out 5 handbags that really do tick all the boxes, meaning you can wear them now, but you’ll still be loving them in seasons and hopefully, years to come.
The New Neutral
When worn as an accessory, animal print is very much a new neutral. This gorgeous bag by Elizabeth & James (the more affordable line from actresses-turned-designers Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen) is divine. Cross-body (which we love) and as great for night as it is for day, this is a great buy. Cynnie snake print cross-body bag, £162, Elizabeth & James
The bucket bag
If you’re looking for a black bag that will look even better the more beaten up it gets, then this season’s shape ‘the bucket’ is the one for you. Too Hot bucket bag, now £287, Marc by Marc Jacobs
The Modern Classic
Despite only being founded in 2007, Sophie Hulme’s eponymous label has fast become a modern classic. I have long had my eye on one of her chic cross-body bags and perhaps now is the time for me to splurge. Mini Milner envelope cross-body bag, now £245, Sophie Hulme
The summer clutch
I have to admit a bias here as I love a pom pom. But, this Sophie Anderson bag is the perfect holiday or summer clutch. Fun, bright and yes, pom poms! Woven cotton clutch, now £143, Sophie Anderson ps for a cheaper version try Hush’s gorgeous pom pom bag, £50
Not cheap. Not something to buy on a whim. But, definitely something that you’ll love forever, this suede shoulder bag by Marni is on sale for £40% its original eye-watering price. The slouchy shape and leather tassels are heavenly Now £702
To find out what our fifth choice is and to have a chance to win it, stop by later this week! It’s worth the wait….