Have you been thinking about what you want for Christmas already? Well, it’s never too early to drop hints and possibly even links to loved ones! Because not only is Christmas the time to get socks, chocolates and bubble bath, it is also a chance to get a piece of fashion that will last you a very long time and make you very, very happy. (Not that socks, chocolates and bubble bath aren’t good presents) but sometimes you want something to make you feel extra special. And sometimes that something is a bag.
If you are in need of a new bag or just love bags so much you think you can never have too many, you’re in luck because Then and Now have some of the most beautiful and stylish bags ever. The kind of bags that are sure to get you loads of compliments and to make any outfit fashion week ready … whether it’s fashion week or not. So trust us, browse through the collection and start ticking things off of your Christmas list!
Let’s start with a black and patterned bucket bag from Lea Lov. The gorgeous design adds a little something extra to the classic black bag and it is versatile enough to wear in the day or night. For styling inspo team with an oversized boyfriend, blazer style coat, skinny jeans, brogues and sunnies. The soft suede and leather texture is a perfect combination!
That is just the start of the list, so if it’s not the kind of bag you’re looking for, don’t worry as there are plenty more treats – in the form of gorgeous bags – on their way.
Special occasion style sometimes calls for a particular type of bag, not just your oversized every day bag. Because sitting in a fancy hotel pulling endless items out of a big bag like Mary Poppins is not the look you want to create; although don’t get us wrong there is a time and a place for the oversized bag and often it’s fabulous. But at a wedding, for example, you don’t want to carry a giant bag full of make up, stationary, receipts and old cinema tickets. It’s just unnecessary. So instead, when you’re off to a wedding or big event, swap the big bag for the mini. The right one will still be big enough to fit your necessities in, but will feel light as a feather while neatly complementing your outfit.
And the right one is right here! Just take a look at this mini clutch from Hibourama, with colourful fur detail and optional chain handle. It will look amazing against a block colour, floaty dress and platform shoes. This bag makes it so easy to be the belle of the ball and getting your phone out never looked so good! And remember, light as a feather!
For a timeless bag and a nod to classic fashion, look no further. Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with this Clemence Flane, optional shoulder or handle bag. It is every fashionista’s dream and comes in a variety of beautiful colours. To look instantly chic, wear with a classic belted trench coat, tapered trousers and leopard print loafers.
Clothing and accessories, can really be a statement of your personality; like you’re wearing or holding a work of art. Mary Frances does this so well and really creates the type of bags that dreams are made of! So show off your quirky and creative side with a Mary Frances bag. They come in a number of colourful designs, but this Day of the Dead bag is just magical.
So how should you style it? Well you could go for a mixture of prints, colours and patterns or have a simple outfit so the bag stands out. In the case of the first look, team with red fitted trousers, a polka dot shirt and a faux fur pink coat; a stylish and colourful, dream look for the cold days! In the case of the latter, simply style with black skinny jeans, ankle boots and a leather jacket; an instant and amazing mixture of quirky and cool.
Do you have a lot of shoulder bags and want to try something new? Have you considered the backpack? Not just for students and gap year travellers, the backpack is a needed piece of fashion in its own right. It’s fresh and fun and can add a different dimension to an outfit. This one from N Damus London is actually more than just a backpack and doubles up as a briefcase; it really is versatility at its best, which means it is perfect for any occasion. It comes in a variety of colours, so you can pick your favourite and then carry it around on your back with ease!
Because it is such a fun piece of fashion, style with a pleated midi skirt, oversized jumper and ankle socks. You will look like something straight out of a magazine!
If you are a lover of vintage fashion, but want to think outside the box, then we have the clutch for you. Emm Kuo’s art deco style bag is a perfect mixture of 1920s fashion with contemporary style. It really is like holding a piece of art and the dazzling colours and patterns just make any outfit come to life. You can also choose which colours are right for your look and light up the room!
For vintage glamour, team with a silk slip dress, faux fur coat and finish with a red lip. A perfect nod to Hollywood glamour and a chance to experiment with style!
Maybe it’s time to add a bit of cuteness to your wardrobe and this Jack French London, blue and floral tote is just the ticket. It is both sweet and stylish and a gorgeous day and night bag.
So call upon your inner stylist and don’t be afraid to really create a look with this bag. For an amazing street and going out style look, team with a colourful faux fur coat, which is very much part of this season’s style, and add a silk shirt and leather mini. It is a great time to experiment with materials and this blue bag is just the right accessory.
And finally, to keep it simple and keep it classic, sometimes you can’t beat the black bag. Everyone needs one and sometimes it is just a matter of finding the one that is right for you.
This one from Florian London is so stylish it meets all the criteria of the perfect black bag and more. Great for taking to work and then going out in the evening as it’s not only on-trend but also big enough to carry everything you need; this also makes it a great bag to take on holiday with you.
The black bag means that styling possibilities are endless, but to create that fashion blogger vibe, wear with a shirt-dress, fishnets and oversized tweed blazer! The black bag will be like the cherry on top of a very stylish cake.
So with whatever look you are trying to create, Then and Now have just the bag you are looking for and more! So think carefully when writing your Christmas list because a good bag is for life and not just for Christmas. Don’t worry if you want more than one, because there is always your birthday and of course those times when you just deserve a treat.
Happy shopping for the only piece of arm candy you really need!