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The 50 Best handbags

Whether you want to tote it all around or carry a dainty piece of arm candy, Emma Akbareian has bagfuls of stylish accessories


Victoria Beckham

victoriabeckham.com, £1,195

This bag is now a classic style for the label. This season sees the design re-invented from the more generic shades of black and taupe, to this more springtime lilac shade.

Michael Kors

020 7409 0844, £995

They don’t come much sleeker than this prim and proper striped Middletonstyle bag by American brand Michael Kors. Everything about this oozes style.

Marc Jacobs

0207 399 1690, £1,245

A minimalist design in soft black calf leather, the only detail is a discreet silver fastening. An investment piece sure to be just as stylish in 50 years’ time as it is today.

Givenchy by Riccado Tisci

0800 123 400, £1,365

For those who like arm candy on the flashier side, this might be just the ticket. The Lucrezia bag will add a flash of colour to the most subdued of outfits.


020 7245 9520, £619

This style from Marni is a great choice for those who like to have a little fun. In a polka-dot design, it’s made up of perforated calf leather with contrasting lining.


mulberry.com, £2,000

For spring/summer the only bag on the shopping list of Mulberry fans is the Willow. The tote features a front pouch that can be unzipped to become a detachable clutch.

Alexander Wang

alexanderwang.com, £785

The new season style from the designer of the moment is the Prisma Skeletal Lunch bag. The fold-over tote has an urban cross-body shoulder strap and metal edging.

Burberry Prosum

burberry.com, £1,195

The Blaze bag comes in an unusual duchess satin material with leather handles and edging details. It is in a stunning jewel-toned colour palette of sapphire blue.

Jill Sander

net-a-porter.com, £570

The Nepote shoulder bag has a concertina design that means it’s roomier than it looks, while the green and cream colour palette and an understated design give it a retro feel.

Miu Miu

miumiu.com, £1,125

This lipstick red bag has a slightly forties-inspired, vintage feel about it. Team with a pencil skirt and oversized coat to nail this  season’s Miu Miu look.



asos.com, £40

Floral prints is a circular trend that comes round almost every year, so a fairly safe bet for spring. The combination of blurred florals on a black background gives this design a harder edge.

Dorothy Perkins

dorothyperkins.co.uk, £35

Dorothy Perkins is key for those looking to buy fashion trimmings that don’t give away their modest price points. This is a great everyday option and its monochromatic stripes also tick trend boxes.

New Look

newlook.com, £12.99

Laser-cut detailing and a pretty mint green pastel shade combine to make this an irresistible buy. This will make an ideal outfit companion that will see you through weddings, garden parties and barbecues.


oasis-stores.com, £35

This multi-coloured style from Oasis has a handheld option and an over-the-shoulder strap in a versatile tote shape. The combination of tan, cream, green and turquoise make it ideal for summer.


0118 960 6300, £12

This is adorned with metal studs, gold zip detailing and a chain cross-body strap. You may not want to shout about where you bought it, but at £12 your bag will be the subject of many accessory admirers.


wallis.co.uk, £30

You can’t go wrong with a tan shade handbag. If it’s for work, a trip to the park or hand luggage on the plane, this is classic in colour, inexpensive in price and functional in size.


very.co.uk, £35

Neon was a massive trend on the runways for the season. Mixing detailing in pink and orange neon shades with a nude shade makes these garish colours wearable.


awear.com, £25

For those looking for a bag that is on-trend right now but also a timeless purchase, try this AWear Boucle cross-body option. Monochrome is all over the high street right now.


littlewoods.com, £44

If you are unable to travel light, there’s no need to forgo style by carrying around an unsightly-looking enormous bag. Littlewoods’ Layla tote is fit for purpose and stylish.


sainsburys.co.uk, £18

A softer alternative to classic bag colours like black and tan is nude. Ideal for spring, this tote will make a refreshing addition to your wardrobe and work with every colour.



clarks.co.uk, £69.99

When functionality is key you can’t go wrong with an allpurpose tote. Whether you’re lugging round a laptop or your lunch, this tan bag is a reliable investment in quality leather.

Florian London

florianlondon.com, £275

In a smart, structured shape and a cappuccino-coloured leather, this bag from the new name on the block in accessories is a practical choice for the workplace.


hobbs.co.uk, £229

The Eddie bag, with its textured leather in traditional navy, but with a modern curved tote shape, is a great demonstration of Hobbs’ contemporary design ethos.


smythson.com, £1,395

The luxurious Eliot Large tote bag is made up of soft nubuck leather in a refreshing Prussian blue shade. It’s one of those rare creations that are almost too lovely to use.


whistles.co.uk, £295

A mid-way step between high street and designer, this retailer’s take on laid-back luxe is a winning formula and, with this Lexington Doctors bag, it’s easy to see the appeal.

Tila March

tilamarch.com, £520

Tila March is the brand created by a fashion editor who needed a bag to see her through the international fashion weeks. A few years on and retailers and celebs are clamouring for them.

Sophie Hulme

net-a-porter.com, £560

This up-and-coming British designer has enjoyed sell-out success with her past few accessory collections. Clean lines and simple shapes are the key to her designs, as this blue tote demonstrates.


zara.com, £39.99

You can count on Zara for trends and economy. This bowling bag nails the monochrome trend and looks far more costly than its mere £40 price tag. Expect to inspire bag envy.

Banana Republic

bananarepublic.eu, £180

Notoriously hard-to-wear snake patterns are big for this year, and the Evan exotic satchel bag will add an immediate new season element to an outfit which is in need of a lift.


0800 123 400, £392

Everyone needs a classic black bag and this Olivia tote, from the relatively new Singapore-based label, will blend seamlessly into your wardrobe, plus it’s a great office-to-evening style.


The Cambridge Satchel Company

cambridgesatchel.co.uk, £115

Pick up an old-school-style satchel from The Fluoro collection for a conventional creation with a thoroughly modern twist.


hm.com, £59.99

The tassels, shoulder strap and suede fabric give this bag a rock and roll edge; simply team with jeans and a T-shirt for enviable effortless style – think off-duty model.


jaeger.co.uk, £199

Minimalism is having a moment and you can’t get more understated than this simple white tote from Jaeger. Just remember to steer well clear of any red wine.

Mimi Berry

mimiberry.co.uk, £183

Ignore any misconceptions you might have about wearing yellow; this Eric shoulder bag in the sunshine shade is handmade from fine Italian leather and will add some fun.

Rocha John Rocha

debenhams.co.uk, £89

This cream bowling bag, made from pretty laser-cut leather, from the Rocha by John Rocha range (available at Debenhams), is a steal at just under £90.


bhs.co.uk, £22.50

This cerulean blue shade is a key colour for the season. The cobalt hue is also very versatile to wear; use the bag to add a dash of colour to an all-black outfit or mix it in with whites.


next.co.uk, £36

Photographic prints make a fun alternative to more traditional patterns. Get in on the action with this tote bag, which is emblazoned with a flower photo.

River Island

riverisland.co.uk, £50

River Island’s bag department is a favourite spot among its vast teenage fan base. This season, look out for this more grown-up style; the studs create a rock and roll edge.


hunter-boot.com, £250

Traditionally known for its Wellington boots, the British outdoor brand has turned its hand to bags. The Ashleigh North South tote is made from super-soft leather.

Marks & Spencer

marksandspencer.com, £39.50

If you’re feeling the need to demonstrate a bit of Great British pride, this bag from Marks & Spencer might do the trick, with its blue stripes, red panels and white edges.


Diane von Furstenberg

dvf.com, £689

For a spin on the more traditional evening clutch bag, this version is in a hexagonal shape. The multi-coloured mirror-style mosaic gives off a hint of a seventies Studio 54-inspired edge.


mango.com, £69.99

Get the Midas touch with this gold clutch from the high-street favourite. The box-style bag is made up of delicate gold beads and the addition of cream stones brings a homespun edge.

Wilbur and Gussie

wilburandgussie.com, £150

Add a bit of excitement into your evening look with this shocking pink envelope bag. Made from raw silk, the Charlie clutch – loved by the Middleton sisters – is finished with an encrusted brooch.


dune.co.uk, £55

When a little glitz and glam is called for, a trip down to high-street shoe retailer Dune will reveal a plethora of glamorous clutches including this E Magical version, which has an Art Deco feel.

Anya Hindmarch

anyahindmarch.com, £795

New season bag, the Duke, features satin printed panels in greys and blues for an unusual look inspired by Georgian trinket boxes. On the inside you’ll find a luxurious suede lining.


Cath Kidston

cathkidston.co.uk, £75

Fans of the vintage-inspired designer will love this spotty travel bag. Made from a lightweight matt oilcloth, it’s perfect for short breaks and is part of a matching set.


radley.co.uk, £299

For those occasions when rocking up with a tatty old gym bag just won’t do, head to specialist leather accessory label Radley. The Persley large holdall comes in tomato red.


topshop.co.uk, £40

It’s not the easiest of tasks to find luggage that can be described as trendy, but for a travel bag that has the cool factor covered, try the studded Lady holdall.


accessorize.com, £39

This vintage-style weekend bag comes emblazoned with greetings in foreign languages, retro prints and old-fashioned letters, which all alludes to a time when travel was glam.


020 7493 5515, £485

There’ll be no mistaking your bag at check-in with this beauty from the French label. A re-invention of the iconic Le Pliage style, this version is in a vibrant yellow shade.