Fashion: Get to grips with this season's five biggest bag trends
After something stylish to lug your stuff around this autumn and winter? Katie Wright's here to carry you through the best new looks
IT'S all about animal print and 70s vibes on the fashion front for autumn, but what's going down in the accessories department?
When it comes to bags, some similar themes emerged on the catwalks and now that the high street collections are landing, we can see how the designer looks have trickled down and what's on offer in the more affordable price category.
Craving some new arm candy? Here are the five major bag trends you need to know about now, and where to shop them...
1. ANIMAL PRINT BAGS
Autumn's biggest clothing trend extends to accessories too, with leopard the dominant print but zebra stripes and snakeskin also popular on the catwalks. A feline frock is one of the key pieces of the season. Double down on the trend by teaming your midi dress with an animal print cross-body bag.
:: Marks and Spencer Collection Dress, £55; Collection Animal Print Cross Body Bag, £35
:: Dorothy Perkins Leopard Cross Body Bag, currently reduced to £20 from £25; Black Motif Sweat Top, £24; Indigo Billie High Waisted Straight Leg Jeans, reduced to £22.40 from £28; Wide Fit Leopard 'Motion' Ankle-Boots, £30
2. SADDLE BAGS
Part of the season's 70s theme, saddle bags have galloped onto the fashion map for autumn. Chloe's equestrian-obsessed collection has been a big influence, so now the high street is awash with shiny semi-circle bags with gold ring details.
:: V by Very Priya Croc Saddle Bag, £25
:: Simply Be Ring Detail Saddle Bag, £32
3. MOCK CROC BAGS
When it comes to texture, crocrodile is queen in 2018. The great thing about thing about this trend is that it looks expensive even when your bag isn't – a mock croc tote is the perfect workwear staple.
:: Laura Ashley Morello Crocodile Tote Bag, currently reduced to £26 from £45
:: Next Dark Green Bucket Bag, £36
4. FAUX FUR
Faux fur coats are back in for winter – and fluffy bags were big news on the catwalks too this season. If you're feeling the 70s vibes then a tonal faux fur bag will serve you well, but if you just want a bit of fluff to play with then a bright and cosy clutch is all you need.
:: Oliver Bonas Karine Patchwork Faux Fur Tote Bag, £49.50
:: Next Grey Faux Fur Hobo Bag, £36
5. SPARKLY BAGS
Obviously, we all need a roomy tote or shoulder bag for carting around everyday essentials, but after dark is when we can really have fun with accessories. Enter, a tiny, glitzy purse – covered in sequins and crystals, these bags are small on size but big on impact. Practical? No. Pretty? Oh, yeah.
:: Cath Kidston Snow White Apple Wristlet Bag, £48
:: Dune London Beautey Bag, £70