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 coloured lens or a chic, non-black handbag. Everyone from Louis Vuitton and Gucci to cool-girl favourites Wandler and Staud have created beautiful bags in neutrals, pastels and brights, giving our wardrobes a cool and relevant update.
Louis Vuitton New Wave Bag
As chosen by Kitty McGee, executive fashion director
I swerved the pastel trend in Spring, writing it off as too young and too tricky, but, having seen the new colour combinations championed by designers on the catwalk for autumn I’m officially on board. From blush paired with camel and burgundy at Sies Marjan to lemon with pastel blue and pale pink with bright yellow and teal at Roksanda. Clashing is cool and this bag is the perfect investment.
Pink leather crossbody bag, £1,380, Louis Vuitton
Loewe Yellow Leather Puzzle Bag
As chosen by Polly Knight, fashion editor
My style is quite paired back and I wear a lot of black, so the easiest way to add colour into my wardrobe is through my accessories, and this pop of yellow will add some summer sun to any outfit. Choosing a classic style like the Loewe Puzzle means I’ll be wearing it for seasons to come.
Yellow leather shoulder bag, £1525, Loewe (net-a-porter.com)
Marni Pannier Small Suede Bucket Bag
As chosen by Helen Atkin, fashion assistant
Marni handbags are trend-led but also feel quite timeless. This mini bucket style is big enough for my everyday essentials, the circular handle ties in with the current geometric trend and the red suede makes it totally trans-seasonal. I’ll be wearing it with everything from cotton shirt dresses during the heatwave to jeans, knits and crombie coats come autumn.
Mini bucket bag, £1,400, Marni (net-a-porter.com)
Staud Moreau Macramé and Leather Bucket Bag
As chosen by Arabella Greenhill, fashion director
Natural tones and textures are the perfect way to channel holiday vibes in the city. This Staud bucket bag also comes in soft pink and navy but it’s this chic white style with the natural rope overlay that is top of my current wish-list.
Macramé and leather bucket bag, £310, Staud (brownsfashion.com)
Hunting Season Woven Straw and Leather Bag
As chosen by Billie Bhatia, fashion writer
Cross-body bags are perfect for those days when you just can’t face a heavy tote hanging off you. Hunting Season’s straw and leather styles are roomy enough not to require an additional cotton tote and the structured shape means they elevate basic summer dresses in an instant.
Woven straw and leather bag, £550, Hunting Season (farfetch.com)
Manu Atelier Nude Linen And Suede Bag
As chosen by Sophie Dearden, freelance fashion assistant
Black leather bags are way too harsh for soft summer outfits. This natural coloured textured tote from cool-girl label Manu Atelier is the perfect partner to linen midi dresses and sandals or blue jeans and a white-tshirt.
Nude woven bag, £375, Manu Atelier at brownsfashion.com