It's true: us women DO love handbags! But with good reason. They have the power to invoke lust in others and ourselves and they can instantly change an outfit from casual to dressy and vice versa - the right one even has the power to make you appear slimmer. So is it any wonder that there's a list as long as our arm of the ones we're currently lusting after?
If you're looking for a way to spruce up your day-to-day wardrobe, you can opt for a colourful leather handbag that you can team with plain outfits. If you enjoy wearing prints, choose a plain on that will compliment all the colours and prints that you wear. Handbags are a great way to add a bit of arm candy to an everyday, casual outfit. Their versatile nature means that, when chosen properly, they'll see you through season to season.
Before you go on a spree to find your handbag, think about what you want to use it for. Is it going to be a weekend bag you can carry along to lunch dates and around the shops? Or, do you want to use it for work? In which case, you need something that will hold folders and paperwork and perhaps a laptop. Once you've decided on its purpose, it's time to shop leather handbags! Think about a style that will suit your wardrobe and that you'll be able to wear time and time again.
This season, simple and sophisticated sits alongside heavy embellishment like chains and animal influences including faux croc - and don't forget the recent hit: the backpack. Former Mulberry designer Emma Hill launched brand Hill and Friends last year, and the result is a collection of werable designed with an edge. At £695, this chain-strap bag
is on the pricier end, but with quirky detailing and classic, hardwearing materials, you know you'll be getting a bag that lasts.
Whatever camp you choose to sit in, there's a style out there for you in our edit...