Fab Friday style tip: how to choose a winter bag

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 25 Comments

Men don’t get a lot about women and fashion.

High up on the list of what they don’t get is our need for a handbagor two … hundred (actually, they do get it when they come out with us and want somewhere to stash their glasses, keys and wallet when they’ve run out of pockets but that’s another story).

Whenever I subtly raise the idea of needing a new handbag with Mr Styling You, he rolls his eyes so violently I’m (mildly) concerned that they may roll completely out.  He starts to sprout meaningless waffle like “don’t you already have a handbag?” and “what about the six that are in your cupboard?”.

To which, I have always a considered response.  This may have been one such response I used recently, “I’m doing day trips to Sydney and my current bag just does not fit enough in for a full day of events when I have to look beautiful and fresh”.  Or this one: “Now that I have an iPad, I really need a bag that works both as a handbag but also an iPad carry case”. (That one may have been used as recently as last Friday when I got word that kikki.K was now stocking leather work bags … squeeee)

And then, just because it’s a change of fashion season, I’m just as likely to drop this one on him:  “My current bag is just not the right colour for my winter wardrobe”.  This one rarely gets me very far as he’s on to be straight away … there’s just as much black in my summer wardrobe as in my winter one.

But it might work for you.

 

Loving Offspring being back on the TV and coveting Nina's Nancy Bird handbag (details below)

Loving Offspring being back on the TV and coveting Nina's Nancy Bird handbag (details below)

Key styling tips

1.  Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to go for a black bag.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my black, it’s just that there are some fab colours out there and against a sea of charcoal and neutral clothing, a coloured bag will just pop – and get noticed!

2.  Buy the best your budget can afford.  A great handbag has fantastic detailing and hardware, it’s constructed beautifully and is a work of art – inside and out.  I’m guilty of bashing my handbags around a bit but if it’s one that cost a bit more in the first place, it tends to survive the bashing.

3.  Think about your lifestyle.  Which you should do for any clothing purchase … but particularly so for a bag.  What things do you actually have to carry around with you on a day-to-day basis?  You want it to fit with room left over for extra additions.  I also find I need external and internal pockets/compartments to easily locate lip gloss, phone and keys.

4.  Forget matchy-matchy.  You want your bag to complement your outfit and not perfectly match your shoes.

5.  Have fun with your bag purchase.  Like a hot pair of shoes or a striking necklace, it’s a chance to make a great fashion statement.

(Did you see my five-year-old sneaking a look in on the vlog? Too funny)

Shopping suggestions

1.  Betts Berkley Bag (was $59.99) now $39.99*

2.  Mimco Mim Zip Top Bag $399

3.  kikki.K Norrmalm Leather Shoulder Bag $450

4.  Belle Bijoux Giselle Bag $460

5.  Nancy Bird Nolan Bag $365

6.  Luisa Clare Love Tote $379

7.  Saba Monique Shoulder Bag (was $249) $174.30*

8.  Wayne Cooper Armour Hip Bag $149

9.  Gypsy Caravan bag at Market HQ $109

10.  Junior Drake Evanna Bag $298

Have you bought a new handbag recently?  Got a handbag brand you love and would like to share with other Stylers?  Leave a comment below.

* Sale prices were correct at time of publication

Comments 25

  1. Ohh thanks for this. I need a new handbag, I have been using my designer camera bag as a handbag, and it’s honestly too big now that Greenie is toilet training.
    I want to move down to a medium to large bag rather than a large.
    I was thinking I need a brown or beige or tan, I wanted something like that, but you have inspired me that if a find a lovely emerald bag (something i’ve coveted for years) i’m going to go for it!

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  2. I am a closest handbag fanatic…;) I have a collection of Oroton handbags that are my absolute favourite….may cost a little more than others but I figure sometimes if you pay a little more and then look after them they do last. Lucky my hubby agrees!! (maybe as he now likes Oroton wallets too 🙂

    Love the Belle Bijoux Giselle Bag!!

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  3. Hi Nikki

    Just checked out the bag after discussions on twitter about the car and am much happier with this accessory! Watched your vlog and loved seeing the cameo appearance of 5yo – so cute. May have to show video to hubby as last bag I bought was from bluefly (Furla) and it looked a lot larger in the piccie so need a new one but trying to explain that to male species very difficult. I had the most beautiful soft leather HOBO from Kenneth Cole about three years ago – it was red with white piping – I honestly haven’t seen it’s equal since and so am in bag inertia. Your number 6 above comes close though so may break the drought and go crazy. How long can one talk of bags? oh dear….I’ll stop now.

    Inspired
    Nicole aka @_wideeyedgirl

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  4. I agree with you Nikki you can’t have enough handbags! It’s a well versed argument not every bag suits every occasion – you need to cover all bases! I am into limited range and bespoke and lots of room!

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  5. Love Nancy Bird. I really do have to stop reading your blog Nikki. No offence it really is fantastic. Too fantastic in fact. I will be eating only baked beans and will not be able to afford to go anywhere, but man I’ll look good. So if you don’t see any comments from me it is because I have banned myself.

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      Oh, please don’t ban yourself. How do you think it is for me? I HAVE to spend hours finding all these gorgeous things to share … not much room for shopping on a bloggers’ budget!

  6. This is SO timely!!!! I have JUST been browsing online for a new bag. I wear all neutrals in winter and am so sick of my tan bag, I decided to go for a bright green bag. My husband has no clue why I need another bag. Well, I have no clue why he needs another shirt. So we’re even!

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  7. When I was pregnant I had a Guess handbag craving. My excuse was I needed a variety of ‘nappy bags’ to match all my shoes. Guess happened to be bringing out loads of gorgeous, roomy bags with lots of pockets. My wardrobe is full of them.

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  8. I have a bag for every occassion! A vintage uberkate leather bag (yes, she made bags when she first started) for no kids. Mimco nappy bag for long outings with non-toilet trained toddler. $5 shopping bag from Bali for quick trips to the shops. Laptop/handbag for work (which coincidentally I have just ripped one of the inside compartments so now will just HAVE to go buy a kikki.K bag to replace it….bugger.)

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  9. Great post. Who doesn’t love a great bag?
    I always get loads of comments on my bags. I have a few by Serenade Leather who seem to be producing gorgeous leather bags at a reasonable price (compared to a comparable Oroton all leather bag). Stockists might be hard to find in Brisbane, but they are around. http://www.serenadeleather.com.au/ (careful, there’s annoying music on their site. Turn it off by scrolling to the bottom and switching to OFF)

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      Too true! And loving the link you sent (thanks for the music warning!!) Great statement bags at a reasonable price are always on my radar … they just need an online store.

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