Fashion: Basket, bucket, micro or crippled – that open bag trend is a one for you?

WHEN selecting a handbag, it fundamentally comes down to one question: Fun or functional? Do we wish a large receptacle that we can chuck most all we possess into each time we leave a residence (because we never know when we competence need dry shampoo, soppy wipes or a continental adaptor, right?) or do we wish a little purse that won’t get in a proceed when you’re gallivanting around town?

Surveying this season’s bag trends, they tumble resolutely in one of a dual camps. But when we see how fascinating they are, we competence wish to retreat your proceed to these accessories – generally since we can now get a coolest catwalk looks on a high street, for a ruin of a lot less.

So, that is a one for you? Find out with a beam to spring’s best bags…


While leather and lead hardware customarily browbeat on a catwalks, for SS18, we saw a presentation of sweet, 70s-style bags during 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 collect from verbatim basket bags or woven totes in summery hues.

:: Dune Doannee White Basket Woven Handbag, £70

:: Next Natural Mini Circle Straw Bag, £26

:: Therapy Woven Mini Tote, £30, House of Fraser


Bucket bags have been around for a few years now, though they’ve had a bit of a makeover for spring, with splendid valuables tones seen during Emporio Armani and candy-striped box bags during Carolina Herrera. Forget slouchy sacks, now it’s all about stylish cylindrical bucket bags, in neutral tones with minimal detailing.

:: Lover of Luxe Personalised Pillar Box Bag, £65

:: Adidas White Favorite Sea Sack, £44.95

:: Matt Nat Orchid Bini Bag, £98


Barely bigger than a fist, dusk bags were severely shrunken in a SS18 collections, from Fendi’s darling top-handle miniatures, to Chanel’s egg-like hardcase bags. You competence consider micro bags are usually suitable for after dim – and positively a little sparkly purse is a good cocktail messenger – though a small, sporty crossbody bag looks good by day (as prolonged as we can tarry with usually your keys, money label and phone).

:: Monsoon Michaela Mini Camera Bag, £25

:: V by Very Micro Mini 80’s Chain Strap Bag, £11 (reduced from £22)

:: Simply Be Trixie Mini Glitter Shoulder Bag, £18


More designers than ever jumped on a crippled bag bandwagon this season, with Balenciaga, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang all display a hands-free pouches (many of them ragged opposite a chest rather than around a waist). If we wish a practicality of a crippled bag though don’t like a sporty reversion style, try a structured belt bag instead – a black leather chronicle chimes in with a season’s cowgirl trend well.

:: Oasis Palm Beach Tee, £25; Lilac Isabella Jeans, £45; Metallic Blue Belt Bag, £26 (T-shirt accessible April; bag accessible June)

:: Topshop Flava Chainmail Bum Bag, £24

:: Miss Selfridge Black Studded Belt Bag, £18

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