A woman’s handbag is notoriously important to her – so much more than somewhere to sling all our stuff. Our bags are a vehicle for self-expression, an invaluable accessory that completes an outfit, a weapon with which to bash baddies and a potential icon by which we are defined – think Thatcher and her ever present box-like Kelly bag, clutched even more tightly than the reins of power.
They are also a source of endless fascination for members of the opposite sex.
Billy Connelly once said:
A woman’s mind is as complex as the contents of her handbag, even when you get to the bottom of it there is always something to surprise you.
It is only right then that a woman should invest wisely in her handbag, it is after all the hardest working item in any woman’s wardrobe. A good handbag flatters all wearers and is the most gratifying purchase a woman can make. A handbag will always fit whether you’re a size zero, or a size twenty, it will fit after Christmas or giving birth to children, it will never pinch your toes, or cause your feet to ache and it will never judge you for celebrating another year of life.
No one was ever accused of being ‘too old for that bag!’- an idea too ridiculous, and simply unheard of.
Handbags come in all shapes and sizes, some glitter and shimmer, tiny baubles dangling glamorously from wrists, others spell out in large letters ‘I am very fashionable and I spent a LOT of money on this bag!’ Yet more say ‘I have a friend who lives in Hong Kong and she got me this!’ Wink. Wink. But the bag we most rely on is the bag we wear everyday, or glide towards at weekends when laptops lie neglected and our load is lightened.
Here’s our pick of the bags we believe you will come to trust and think of almost as fondly as you think of your friends:
The RM Williams Nickol bag.
Everything about this bag says laid-back weekend glamour; we love the soft sheen, the crushed leather and the unstructured shape.
The Dubarry Merrion Tote
This bag breathes loyalty and devotion; it will protect all your most precious belongings and lie patiently in the hall waiting to be scooped up as you dash out the door.
Dubarry Clara Saddle Bag
This bag is a workhorse with show pony style, a bag that will see you safely across all terrain whilst maintaining it’s well groomed and perky persona.