8 non-black handbags you need in your life

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Kitty McGee
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Break away from your classic black bag and inject some colour into your wardrobe 

Even the biggest monochrome devotees among us have been persuaded to embrace a little colour during this epic summer heatwave. Even if that colour just comes in the form of sunglasses with a tinted lens or a chic, non-black handbag. Everyone from Louis Vuitton and Gucci to cool-girl favourites Wandler and ByFar have created beautiful bags in neutrals, pastels and brights, giving our wardrobes a cool and relevant update.

It’s worth looking to the spring /summer ‘19 catwalks for reference as they were a lesson in how to wear colour;  with playful combinations elevating outfits from basic daytime to effortless evening chic. Blush looks great worn with camel and burgundy, lemon works with pastel blue and bright yellow and teal clash perfectly. Look for classic, timeless styles in playful shades and embrace quirky colour combinations to banish any ideas that bright and pastel leather are too young or too bold.

Black leather bags can feel too harsh for soft summer outfits and this season’s neutral colour palette trend is the perfect place to start having fun with accessories. Ivory, sand or tan styles will look great with white, black, navy and neutral ready-to-wear, especially if you add in some delicate gold jewellery. 

Navy, burgundy and dark forest green are the perfect partner to linen midi dresses and sandals or blue jeans and a white t-shirt.

Primary colours and bright green look great with bold printed dresses and separates. 

Natural tones and textures are the perfect way to channel holiday vibes in the city; from belt bags to canvas totes. Cross-body bags are perfect for those days when you just can’t face a heavy tote hanging off you, while structured shoulder bags will elevate basic summer dresses in an instant.

Here’s our edit of the best non-black bags available to buy right now.

  • Kenzo Tali crossbody bag

    This crossbody with the evil eye motif is the perfect shade of green. Wear it with primary printed separates for a bold summer evening look.

    Forest green crossbody bag, £635,

  • Stella McCartney Logo Belt Bag

    Stella McCartney crossbody camera bag

    Stella McCartney’s non-leather belt bag is super chic. Wear it with a white shirt and jeans all summer long.

    1. Belt bag, £395, Stella McCartney
  • BY FAR Croc-embossed leather mini tote

    ByFar nutella mini bag selfridges

    LA footwear label ByFar launched bags recently and fashion insiders are obsessed. This mini style is the perfect partner for all of your summer occsaionwear.

    Mini dark brown mock croc handbag, £405, ByFar (

  • Chloe Tess cross-body bag

    CHLOE C mini shoulder bag

    The ultimate everyday bag this brown style from French fashion house Chloe will never go out of style.

    Tan leather shoulder bag, £1,250, Chloe (

  • LOEWE Gate mini textured-leather shoulder bag

    Loewe mini blue gate bag

    It-label Loewe has scaled its Gate bag down to this season’s coveted miniature size - perfect for evenings out.

    Mid-blue mini handbag, £895, Loewe (

  • Mulberry Keeley Satchel

    Mulberry burgundy shoulder bag

    The structured shape of this boxy burgundy bag from Mulberry means it will elevate all sorts of outfits; from roomy linen and cotton summer dresses to cosy cashmere basics come autumn.

    Burgundy shoulder bag, £1,095, Mulberry

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