Like a sartorial glacé cherry, a great bag tops off any outfit, adding a pop of shine, colour or texture. Yes, they house your essential kit (whether you’re a minimalist or the school of Mary Poppins) but they also have the capacity to pull together an entire look by complementing a colour palette or taking an otherwise casual outfit up a gear.
This season we’ve mined SilkFred for some of the most beautiful bags around, from supersoft chain pouches to structured backpacks. Whether you’re a fan of the practical crossbody or a Paris Hilton-esque baguette with room to stash a lip gloss and gum, read on and bag a style you’ll love to wear on your arm again and again.
For the one in your friendship group whose bag is empty save for her phone and bankcard, mini and micro bags are compact, dinky and fun. Be warned, if you prefer a carpetbag loaded with everything from tissues to Tic Tacs, these tiny pieces of arm candy aren’t for you. If that doesn’t bother you, their petite size and sweet curved handles make them chic and pleasantly freeing to carry around. We especially love this style in black croc effect, like the Mini Monaco Handbag and the Croc La Grab Bag – just add your favourite midi and a biker.
Look, no hands! The crossbody bag is as practical as its name suggests, leaving your arms blissfully free as you elbow your way to the bar or dance the night away with pals. They’re fun and playful too, particularly if you go with a statement colour, like this box-shaped Crossbody Bag In Hot Orange with a cute tassel. Great for a casual-cool vibe, they look ace thrown over a floaty day dress or your go-to jeans and (you guessed it) a nice top.
The Dressy Backpack
When you want to load all your precious items into one roomy bag but still look put-together, the structured backpack is your friend. Choose a leather or suede style with thick comfy straps that won’t dig into your shoulders, and look out for backpacks that are elevated with thoughtful details like metallic clasps, studs or tassels. With its striking molten plate and trim of tiger-printed cow hide, along with space for an A4 notepad, the Bella Work Backpack is the perfect commuter bag.
Clutches are often seen as bags for wedding season or formal events, but they’re also a great way to elevate a smart-casual look. The Moon Pouch, decked out in black croc and surprisingly roomy for a clutch, pairs well with skinnies and a cute cami. Similarly, the Cream Croc Roomy Pouch will house all your essentials and goes with everything, seen here with a denim mini.
Psst, you can always cheat and use a mini baguette bag as a clutch, like this eye-popping Lemon Croc Cannes Bag – that way you have the option to use the strap as and when needed.
The Chain Pouch
Roomy enough for all your stuff but dressy enough for fancy events, the chain pouch is the unsung hero of the bag world. Not anymore though! We’re here to champion this softly structured beauty, particularly the Bilbao Chain Pouch. This striking bag resembles a cloud made of real Italian leather – and can be personalised with a statement tortoiseshell strap for extra Fash Pack flair. Spacious, versatile and super chic.