How to wear this season’s It Bags

Jenessa Williams

Are you looking for an on-trend bag that will lead you through the summer season? Read on for inspiration...

With the ability to make or break an outfit, there truly is a bag for every season, going in and out of trend just as readily as clothing does. For summer 2018, there are five styles of handbag that can be found in every high-street and high-end boutique. Find out how to style the It Crowd of 2018 below.

 

The string bag

Bag: AndOtherStories, T-Shirt: Kitri Studio, Culottes: H&M, Sandals: Birkenstock, Headband: New Look, Body Mist: Sol De Janeiro

Let your personal effects do the talking with a string bag. Quirky and casual, you may need to pop in a wallet to keep small items safe, but the lattice effect is surprisingly striking when worn with a breezy, summer outfit.

A slogan t-shirt and culottes fit the bill, accessorized with sandals and a headband to achieve the “just popped down to the farmers market” look that defines the trend.

 

The beaded bag

Bag: Topshop, Jumpsuit: Weekday, Heels: ASOS, Bracelet: Kate Spade, Hairspray: L’Oreal

Delicate and statement at the same time, the beaded bag takes us right back to the 80s. Give yourself over to the decade with a rainbow or crystalline effect on a slim chain, tossed over the shoulder of a power jumpsuit.

Touches of gold in the accessories pull things together, all topped off with hair that reaches to the heavens, held in place with a strong hairspray.

 

The circle bag

Bag: Aspinal, Dress: Primark, Fascinator: Accessorize, Heels: Office, Eyeshadow Palette: Max Factor

Classic and romantic, the circle bag is one trend that looks set to stay for the foreseeable.

Effortlessly feminine, keep yours in soft pastel hues, ideal for a wedding when teamed with a floral dress, fascinator and gentle smokey eye.

For this trend, play around with size—a tiny circle bag is very high-fashion, but a hat-box size may be much more practical.

 

The bucket bag

Bag: Staud, T-Shirt: Ralph lauren, Skirt: H&M, Necklace: Oliver Bonas, Sandals: ASOS

Recalling the best of all seaside accessories, the bucket bag earns extra style points when combined with the string trend.

Keep the novelty effect on the right side of maturity by keeping your outfit simple—a boat neck t-shirt, wrap skirt and simple flats looks elegant but comfortable.

Finish things off with a statement necklace, in complementary colours that won’t steal too much attention from the bag.

 

The bumbag

Bag: Zara, Shirt: Dorothy Perkins, Jeans: Reiss, Trainers: Superga, Liquid Lipstick: Urban Decay

Usually the domain of tourists or students at festivals, the bumbag has had a serious update for 2018. Think boxy leather instead of saggy nylon, topped off with luxury, belt-like fastenings.

Pair yours with double-denim for a touch of 80s throwback that is still appropriate for daywear. Sleek white trainers and red lipstick complete the look, modern and low-maintenance.