Some girls just can't get enough shoes into their wardrobe or pieces of jewellery jammed into their jewellery box but, for me it's always been about the bag! I think at one point I had close to 50 (maybe even more) handbags in my collection, but half of them didn't get used so I started to get more selective with my choices and pin-pointed the ones I used enough to keep. Whilst I still probably have 'too many' bags and there's definitely some that I use more often than others, I still thought I'd share my top 10 with you and tell you why they're still in my wardrobe...
My bag collection features a variety of different price points so let's start off with my Olive Cooper bag that I got about three years ago. The price point for these bags are around (and above) the £100 mark so it's definitely an investment piece for me but, as soon as I was made aware of this lovely brand I knew I wanted one of their bags! The material is made so well and the colour choice was just a no-brainer for me - it's something I'm going to have in my collection forever. My second bag is from Next and I actually got this one quite recently at one of their press days. I think the fabric and colour is perfect for spring and summer so I'll be using it a lot this year (I have been already) plus it's a really good size for chucking everything in there that you need day to day. My third bag is one that everyone and their mum seems to now have and I've no doubt that now it's completely sold out Zara will probably create a very similar one soon. This is my most-worn bag as it's the perfect size for when I'm out and about...plus, THAT gold ring detailing is just YAS! Next up is a little fluffy number from Primark that just perfect for a night out - I've had this one for about four years and have got a lot of use out of it, but it's still in fabulous condition, which means an £9 bag can also last a lifetime! Can you tell I like cross body bags? Number five is a bag from Kaleidoscope that I was sent a couple of years ago, again it's just another great going OUT out bag that every gal needs in her collection. I love the black and gold detailing with sort of Art Deco design that will just never go out of fashion.
Olive Cooper shoulder bag here | Next backpack here | Zara cross body bag (sold out) | Primark fluffy cross body bag similar here | Kaleidoscope cross body bag (sold out)
Next up is yet another cross body bag, this time from Next. I absolutely LOVE Next bags as they're just so well made but affordable. This one is more structured than others I have and it's super small but it fills the essentials - phone, keys, purse - and the pretty ribbon detailing on the chain strap just adds something more to an otherwise simple bag. No bag collection would be complete without a little vintage number and, while I don't use this bag as much as I like, I love having it there just in case. This bag actually came with a cute compact mirror and a whole lot of history and that's something I just have to keep in my collection. Zara is a brand that's been continuously impressing me recently, especially with their bags and this blue one I actually got from my brother for Christmas last year but I've already used it so much. It's got a simple metal clasp fastening at the front and so much space inside with a strap long enough to put over your shoulder. A style I love, as you can probably tell by now. Speaking of which... My penultimate bag is a recent purchase from Primark, this embroidered mini bag is bang on trend for spring and summer this year but I'm not sure how long it will stay in my collection within the foreseeable future. It's more of a trend bag than a real keep, nevertheless I love the floral detailing and the cream colour, plus the small shape is super on trend for 2017. And, lastly (congrats if you made it this far) it's the most expensive bag I own, my Mulberry. This is a bag that I've used literally once or twice, mainly because I'm too scared to wear it outside for fear of someone trying to steal it - but my Mum gave it to me for my 21st birthday so it's going to be with me until the end of time!
Next black cross body bag here | Vintage shoulder bag | Zara blue cross body bag | Primark embroidered bag here | Mulberry shoulder bag