Wednesday, 30 October 2013

A neutral bag

I've been reliant on a large, neutral leather handbag for years as a wardrobe staple, and it was only recently I had to say goodbye to a Zara cream leather bag which had served me well for almost the years.

The main draw with a bag like this is its versatility - it has the ability to go with any outfit any time. I mean, there's a possibility I could even go as far as saying that it's practically the only day bag you'll ever need, but that could put me in an awkward position if you ever came round and viewed my handbag stash. If there could be one drawback, it's the need to look after it, cleaning it a little more regularly and protecting it with a leather cream. See the Russell & Bromley website for more tips on looking after your handbag.

{Gouache in Fukuoka}

So when we were on holiday in Japan, staying in Fukuoka, we came across this lovely, lovely shop called Gouache which I spent hours in, and ended up buying this handbag, which has hardly left my shoulder since.

{cream handbag with adjustable strap}

The beauty of this bag is that the strap is adjustable, so I can have it short and sling it on my shoulder, or lengthen it and wear it across the body. And it has three internal pockets which means I'm not scrabbling at the bottom of it to find my purse / keys / phone.

Here are some of the high street options around at the moment.


Top row, left to right
Duffy zip satchel, £250 Whistles; Bowling bag, £109 Zara; Leather doctor's bag, £60 Dorothy Perkins.

Bottom row, left to right
Leather shopper with zips, £69.99 Zara; Brook hobo bag, £150 Whistles; Leather shopper, £60 Dorothy Perkins.

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