What’s your bag?

SIZE MAT­TERS WHEN IT COMES TO THIS SEA­SON’S ARM CANDY, SAYS KATIE WRIGHT

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WHEN choos­ing a hand­bag, it ba­si­cally comes down to one ques­tion: Fun or func­tional? Do you want a mas­sive tote that you can throw prac­ti­cally ev­ery­thing you own into ev­ery time you leave the house, or do you want a tiny purse that won’t get in the way when you’re gal­li­vant­ing around town?

Sur­vey­ing this sea­son’s bag trends, they fall firmly in one of the two camps. But when you see how de­sir­able they are, you might want to re­verse your ap­proach to these ac­ces­sories – es­pe­cially be­cause you can now get cool cat­walk looks on the high street, for a lot less.

So, which is the one for you? Find out with our guide to spring’s best bags...

BAS­KET BAGS

WHILE leather and metal­lic hard­ware usu­ally dom­i­nate on the cat­walks, for SS18, we saw the emer­gence of sweet, Sev­en­ties-style bags at Miu Miu, Gior­gio Ar­mani and even Alexan­der Wang (the lat­ter in black, of course). Ideal if you’re go­ing to be wear­ing lots of floaty boho frocks and retro denim this sea­son, take your high-street pick from lit­eral bas­ket bags or woven totes in sum­mery hues.

BUCKET BAGS

THESE have been around for a few years, but they’ve had a bit of a makeover for spring, with bright jewel tones seen at Em­po­rio Ar­mani and candy-striped box bags at Carolina Her­rera. For­get slouchy sacks, it’s all about chic cylin­dri­cal bucket bags, in neu­tral tones with min­i­mal de­tail­ing.

MI­CRO BAGS

BARELY big­ger than a fist, evening bags were se­ri­ously shrunken in the SS18 col­lec­tions, from Fendi’s adorable top-han­dle minia­tures, to Chanel’s egg-like hard­case bags.

You might think mi­cro bags are only suit­able for af­ter dark – and cer­tainly a tiny sparkly purse is a great cock­tail com­pan­ion – but a small, sporty cross­body bag looks great by day (as long as you can sur­vive with only your keys, cash card and phone).

BUM BAGS

MORE de­sign­ers than ever jumped on the bum bag band­wagon this sea­son, with Ba­len­ci­aga, Gucci, Marc Ja­cobs and Alexan­der Wang all show­ing the hands­free pouches (many of them worn across the chest rather than around the waist).

If you want the prac­ti­cal­ity of a bum bag but don’t like the sporty throw­back style, try a struc­tured belt bag – a black leather ver­sion chimes in with the sea­son’s cow­girl trend well.

Trixie mini glit­ter shoul­der bag, £18, Sim­ply Be

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