THE DO’S THE DON’TS AND EVERYTHING INBETWEENJust when you think you’ve got the hang of fashion another trend comes along pretty quickly, it can be challenging and expensive to always be on trend but don’t forget trends come and go and come back again. We’ve put together a guide for all handbag lovers to ensure you always look your best. DO: Keep a Variety of Bags You Own If you’re a secret hoarder this first task may be difficult but it can also be refreshing, getting rid of old bags will not only give you more room, but should leave you with just the essentials. We advise to have one bag for each different environment, for example; Work: A medium or large bag is always handy; it ensures you have everything for the day ahead. Work bags tend to have a structured, leather or tote appearance and investing in a good sturdy work bag will save you money in the future, if you choose a basic colour of black, tan, burgundy or even cream you’ll always be in style, plus it makes getting ready in a morning much easier, as these colours go with everything! Nights out: When on a big night out, the last thing any woman wants is to haul around a huge bag, but we still need something big enough for all our ‘night out essentials’ but small enough it doesn’t get in the way or become an accessory on the dance floor. A clutch bag is always a good start; some come with straps making it easier to carry and all come in a range of sizes, shapes and colours, making the clutch a perfect going out bag. Leisure Time: If you’re out with friends and family, having a small crossbody, satchel, messenger bag or mini backpack is the perfect accessory, however if you’ve planned a day of shopping then having a shopper bag, medium backpack or a trapeze handbag is great for extra storage. All these types of bags come in a huge range of designs and shapes, there’s no specific colour of choice and if you want to go a little quirky, choosing a pattern or bright and bold colour will ensure you stand out through every season. Don’t: Have a Bag That Gets Bulky There are some bags that have a particular material that when filled to the brim with everything but the kitchen sink will be unable to disguise all those pointy corners, lumps and bumps. It makes your entire look appear messy and unorganised, so try and avoid these bags or only take what you really need. DO: Take Care of Your Bags This is an obvious one, especially if you’ve paid a lot of money for your dream bag, but taking care of your bag doesn’t just mean cleaning the exterior, if you carry a lot of pens in your bag make sure they’re in a plastic bag or an old make up bag to ensure if any ink spills it won’t spoil the interior. This same tip goes for clutch bags, putting any make-up such as lipsticks in a separate pouch will ensure your bag is good for another night out. Most bags can be easily cleaned with everyday cleaning products, for example, baby wipes on leather bags and patent bags will remove dirt spots. DO: Try and Pick a Bag for Your Shape If you’re interesting in delving deeper about what bag to choose, research into what types of bags flatter certain body shapes and how certain sizes or bags can change your entire appearance, this will come in useful when it comes to patterns, if you’re a fashionista who likes to mix and match patterns or you love a good block colour, see what works for you, it’s your style.