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Five Winter Fashion Essentials to Look Stylish in the Cold!

It's easy to give up when the weather gets cold.

Suddenly, style must be set aside in favour of Ugg boots, hooded sweatshirts and shapeless long-sleeved tops - anything to ward off the chills!

But, winter need not be a dreary fog in fifty shades of grey; the colder seasons are just another opportunity to flaunt your inner fashionista with a whole new range of style possibilities!

By picking up a few key winter-remixed wardrobe must-haves, you can make it through the season without breaking a sweat. Check out out five winter fashion essentials:

The Cardigan - Oversized Quality

Big cardigan for winter

The humble cardigan is a year-round cover-up staple, but when winter comes knocking, you're going to need to crank it up a notch.

Go oversized, with a slouchy, long and comfy style in a neutral colour to go over anything. But now's the time to invest in the real deal: you can get away with acrylics in spring, but a beautiful merino cardi, like this Moochi style, will keep you seriously cosy.

Balance out the androgynous proportions of your top half with skinny jeans or leather leggings, a feminine lace up boot and this stunning soft blue Michael Kors shoulder bag.

The Sweater - Chunky Colour

oversized sweater for winter

For winter, the sweater gets serious - but that doesn't mean it has to get boring. A comfy, chunky knit with a warm, rich statement colour will be on high rotation throughout the season, offering a much-needed pop over dresses, jeans, or skirts.

This Something Else sweater looks great with a touch of schoolgirl chic - over the knee socks, a structured tote or satchel, and sweet t-bar flats.

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The Skirt - Rigid and Racy

Leather Skirt for winter

 

Flouncy skirts can take the backseat in winter, but the skirt still has its place. Pick out a summer-cool style in a more rigid, warmer fabric, like wool or leather. Paired with stockings and a knit, or a long coat and heels, you can still be sexy even in the wind and rain!

Textured ankle boots are the perfect match with this slick leather skirt, while this Nine West python tote offers a print hit in the same raw, animal theme. Don't forget those shades either; squinting in the winter glare is never glamorous!

The Blazer - Bigger the Bolder the Better

Oversized blazer for winter

 

Cute cropped blazers belong back in summer. For winter, go with an oversized style with a bold print.

A statement all in itself, the big blazer is a great choice to throw on for work to keep you toasty and trendy - complete with a long scarf for the commute!

Pair this Kiss the Glass blazer from Stylestalker with this cobalt blue Melie Bianco Francine handbag and gorgeous grey suede booties!

The Jacket - Practically Sweet

Stylish parka for winter

 

Unlike other seasons when you might rock a jacket just for the fun of it - in winter, you might actually need something that works.

Get smart and prepare yourself for sudden downpours with a chic parka that can go anywhere and look great with anything! This black and white striped pac-a-parka from Asos is perfect to keep tucked in your handbag for a totally cute cover up.

This must-have works just as well with monochrome looks as it does with colourful outfits. Land somewhere in the middle with this sweet, neutral Kardashian Kollection Valley gathered bowling bag in pink and charming printed ballet flats.

Break the Mould with Colourful Handbags for Winter

 

 

As the weather gets colder, our first instinct is to stay cosy in neutrals, shades of grey, black and brown.

Comfort and warmth become top priority, and style's lucky if it gets a look in!

Well, here's a nifty idea: adding a touch of style, life and fun to your warmer outfits with a colourful handbag!

Carrying colourful handbags in the cooler months gives you that opportunity to express yourself without compromising on comfort, and judging by the new styles that have been landing at EverMe lately, designers are well behind the idea!

Today, we thought we'd play around the trend, working out some cool ways to inject colour into winter looks.

 

Orange Nine West Tote

Make like a polar bear and go all-white chic for winter - mixing shades of snow with contrasting textures, like this cable knit jumper and warm Zara coat. Go for some unexpected colour with your accessories, adding this Nine West Hippy Tote and arty heels.

Melie Bianco Elcy Clutch

Yellow isn't just for summer - crank out this sunny hue on colder days to brighten up your world! The Melie Bianco Elcy clutch adds the perfect punch to this outfit, made up of texture, print and directional style.

The Sass & Bide zebra print jeans manage to be bold and understated all at the same time, while these Zara peeptoe ankle booties will keep your feet warm while showing off that pedicure!

 

Melie Bianco Lana

Take some inspiration from stormy seas with this deep green and blue look. Going beyond the basic jeans and jumper combo - these navy Nicholas Kirkwood suede pumps add some polish, and the Melie Bianco Lana shoulder bag is a statement in stunning green.

 

Michael Kors Hamilton Tote

Go for the classic red and black colour palette with this look - starting with the gorgeous Michael Kors Hamilton Tote in red, a striped sweater and a cosy cropped jacket. Add some interest with a pair of bright printed loafers.

Five Ways to Up Your Chic-Factor Every Day with Michael Kors Handbags

The brand new, deliciously chic Michael Kors handbags that arrived in the EverMe warehouse last week have caused a shift in our style atmosphere.

Suddenly, I'm dusting off collared blouses in my wardrobe, reaching for my preppy sneakers, rolling my jeans up just so, and pinning my hair up into high ponytails and chignons.

I've come over all Audrey.

There's something instantly adorable about a woman dressed like they're a 1960s movie star - a golden age for fashion where femininity was the focus, with a pinch of playfulness, and a just touch of understated glamour.

There's a reason 60s style keeps coming back into vogue - it's utterly timeless!

And therein lies the beauty of Michael Kors handbags. They invoke that timeless, feminine, glamorous vibe we'd all love to capture - making it the perfect foundation to overhaul your style and up your chic-factor every day.

Here are five ways you can compliment these gorgeous Michael Kors totes with oh-so-chic accessories and wardrobe must-haves.

1. Hide your Eyes

 

Michael Kors Tote + Big Dark Sunglasses

Nothing says classic style like a pair of dark, and perfectly oversized sunglasses. This Acne pair will help you maintain a little mystery, and they look stunning paired with the Michael Kors Saffiano large shopper style tote in red.

2. Loafers with a Kick

Michael Kors Tote + Leopard Print Loafer

Loafers have long been a staple for sophisticated ladies, but today's styles are anything but dull. These 3.1 Philip Lim slip ons are fun and timeless in leopard print - perfectly complimenting the black Michael Kors Saffiano shopper style tote.

3. Easy, Breezy Blouses

 

Michael Kors Tote + Oversized Blouse

Nothing says effortless style like an oversized blouse - demure, and totally sexy, all at the same time. This asymmetrical cut keeps it modern, while still capturing that timeless look; a match made in heaven with the tan Michael Kors tote.

4. Midi beats Mini

 

Michael Kors Tote + Midi Length Shift Dress

Minis and maxis are old news. Well, the midi dress is pretty old too - but it's still as hot as it gets! Back in the 1950s, knees were a no-no, but today, a midi-length dress is less about being a good housewife, and more about getting the best of both worlds; the femininity of a full length skirt, with a subtle sex appeal a mini could never offer! You'll feel gorgeous in this MASC midi dress, and this Michael Kors tote is the cherry on top.

5. Delicate does it

 

Michael Kors Tote with Delicate Gold Jewellery

Big, bold costume jewellery has its moments, but delicate gold pieces are the key to nailing the timelessly beautiful look. Keep an eye out for dainty chains, tiny stacker rings and cute studs to go with this Michael Kors Saffiano large satchel.

 

 

Our Must-Have Australian Summer Fashion Wishlist

Thinking about doing a little shopping for the new season?

We've found some amazing pieces in the Aussie online shops, that we're positively drooling over for our summer fashion fix. Check out our picks:

Black and White

MyCatwalk.com.au is home to some awesome local designers, including the likes of Josh Goot, Sass & Bide and Zimmerman.

There, we found some must-have pieces in black and white that are anything but plain - perfect no-brainer stuff to throw on on a hot summer's day. Sass & Bide bring us The Big Read top, with a monochrome geometric design, in a loose, casual style that's easy with everything - while Camilla and Marc serve up the Creeping Ivy dress, with an asymmetric hemline in floaty chiffon. Dress it up, dress it down; it's effortless beachy beauty.

Stay sexy with this strappy Willow bodysuit - to wear under a chiffon kimono top for glamourous boudoir style, and accessorize your monochrome style with this designer chic Melie Bianco Villette spiked tote, or stone grey Mango peeptoes.

Citrus Accessories

We've already talked about the awesomeness of citrus accessories this week, but we're not done, because we spotted these cool characters from StyleTread and Forever New.

Ready for a day at the beach, the Forever New Paris Shopper  is a steal under $40, and it's super chic in navy with a neon yellow snakeskin printed panel and handles. The Holiday Bag has a similar feel with its neon shoulder strap, and it looks great in summery white.

Put some spring in your step with these cut out Olivia flats from StyleTread, or glam up your look with this on-trend statement Jolie chandelier necklace.

Work wear

 

A statement skirt is definitely on the cards for summer, and this Lila Prom Skirt is hot in blue and green abstract print. It'll look amazing dressed up for work with a crisp white blazer, colour-popping fluro heels by Windsor Smith, and a spiky statement necklace.

These Tony Bianco sunnies are so trendy right now - every celeb worth their salt is wearing stand-out rims. Forget boring black!

Architectural Skirt

We're massive fans of The Fashion Bunker - a haven for hot up and coming Australian designer fashion. This futuristic look was created by Cameo, and we're all about that architectural Out of the Airlock skirt. Fashion editors around the world have long since given up on the plain pencil skirt - no - the origami inspired, asymmetric designs are where it's at.

These chic and simple Delia wedges by Diana Ferrari ground the look, while this Kardashian Kollection tote looks bold with that stand-out criss-cross pattern and stark black trim.

 

Cut-out crop top

Also over at The Fashion Bunker, we spotted this amazing cut-out crop top in Barbie pink by Finders Keepers. Pair it with a high-waisted skirt, shorts or trousers and you'll look smoking hot showing just the right amount of skin!

Accessorize the look with this Cheap Monday clutch, and Armani Exchange platform heels.

Mini + Pastels

Forget the LBD, try a Little Gorgeous Dress for summer: like this Wish Chimera minidress with its pretty abstract print in beautiful pastel shades. It's sweet, summery, and perfect for cocktails at sunset. Pair it with these Zimmermann heels, and  this darling lavender Warehouse mini satchel.

Spring/Summer Inspiration from the Leading Ladies of the Emmys!

Everyone knows the best part of awards shows is the red carpet!

We love watching all the stars arrive; in their carefully selected couture, perfectly preened and glowing from a myriad of exotic beauty treatments.

This years' Emmys was no different, with the leading ladies from what happen to be our favourite shows turning out in stunning gowns, in veritable rainbow of hues.

Now we're bursting with spring/summer inspiration for accessories thanks to the stars' style, so let's take a gander at our winners of the night, and see how to translate their looks for everyday:

Heidi Klum - Project Runway

Heidi Klum in Minty Seafoam Green
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Looking fabulous in a floaty seafoam green dress by Alexandre Vauthier, Heidi brought the sex appeal to the red carpet; showing lots of golden tanned skin. She looked like an old-Hollywood movie star, and that colour is perfect for spring or summer - fresh, subtle and sweet. Try a flap over top satchel from Chicnova with some stacked platform sandals for a totally on-trend look.

Kelly Osbourne - Fashion Police

Kelly Osbourne in Lavender
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Fashion cop Kelly Osbourne got into some colour co-ordinating on Emmys night, matching her lavender locks to her shimmering lavender Zac Posen gown. She went dark with her accessories (including a $250,000 manicure), but for spring/summer, we'd mix up different purple shades to keep it bright. This Michael Kors clutch is a gorgeous colour, and a great versatile bag for the season. We matched it with some light lavender pumps by Kate Spade.

Zooey Deschanel - New Girl

Zooey Deschanel in Baby Blue
Looking angelic in baby blue Reem Acra, quirky comedienne Zooey Deschanel was a stand out on the night. We love the light and breezy shade - which looks amazing on this Zatchels satchel and these Crisian & McCaffrey pumps. Finish the look with some sparkles for classic, pretty style.

Julie Bowen - Modern Family

Julie Bowen in Lime
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Making a statement on the red carpet, Julie Bowen went for blindingly bright citrus hued Monique Lhuillier gown that translates perfectly for spring/summer Down Under. Get some neon in your life with this boxy Chicnova shoulder bag and a pair of BCBG power heels, with gold accents to top it off.

Hayden Panettiere - Heroes

Hayden Panettiere in Teal + Gold
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Standing out in a sea of single colour gowns, Hayden Panettiere went for an stunning teal and gold draped Marchesa design. It's a rich, unexpected colour combination that can look amazing about town with this teal Melie Bianco clutch, and lots of gold jewellery.

Five gorgeous designer handbags – and how to get the look for less!

There are three kinds of handbag in this world: the want-it-get-it, the want-it-save-for-it and the want-but-it's-never-going-to-happen.

The definition of these handbag types depends on your budget, but the never-going-to-happen category is pretty standard across the board: we're talking designer handbags with painful price tags reserved only for the rich and famous.

So maybe we can't get the actual bag of our dreams, but we can get the next best thing.

As per usual, we've been salivating over some absolutely gorgeous designer handbags this week, and instead of dreaming of the day we win the lottery and go crazy on Net a Porter, we decided to get the look now, for less.

Here are the five most beautiful designer handbags we've seen this week, with their want-it-save-for-it and want-it-get-it counterparts.

The Burberry Blaze - $3,576

Burberry Blaze

 

BANK LOAN: Still basking in a brand new glow, the Burberry Blaze was unveiled at their Spring 2013 runway show, and it's totally on trend for right now. In vinyl and metallic python, it's super luxe, futuristic, and really shiny. We like shiny things.

CREDIT: But, if $3, 500 is a little bit out of your price range, you could take a look at this Lanvin Medium Carry Bag. With it's bronze finish in real leather and scaled python-esque flap over panel, it's still got all the luxe-factor at $1,481.

CASH: Get the look in mini-style with this Michael Kors Sloan metallic python-effect leather shoulder bag for $345.

What you miss out on: Crafted in vinyl, the Burberry is bettered in longevity by the two cheaper options, made with genuine leather. You're paying for the street cred.

What you save: $3,231

The Valentino Rockstud Clutch - $1,234

Valetino Rockstud clutch

 

BANK LOAN: With a $1,234 price tag, you'd expect big things from the Valentino Rockstud Clutch. Well, it's not big, for starters; it's a very slim envelope clutch, but it is crafted in beautiful textured leather, with pyramid studs and a detailed turn lock closure. It also looks incredibly badass.

CREDIT: With all the texture and a luxuriously studded look, this Milly Kelsey clutch is also made with real leather, featuring a snakeskin finish for just $439. It's bigger, with a reasonable amount of space for your bits and pieces on a night out.

CASH: Featuring the same studded flap over top as the Valentino and Milly Kelsey, this Zara clutch has the look for a more accessible $96. Impressively, it's also made with leather, and it even has a disco-ready sparkly panel.

What you miss out on: The Valentino logo on the back.

What you save: $1,138

The Oscar de la Renta Dex- $2,515

Oscar de la Renta Mini

 

BANK LOAN: The Oscar de la Renta small Dex bag is 'crafted in French smooth calf leather with hand-carved onyx and Tigereye hardware'. So obviously, it's super classy. And it should be, with that price tag. It's petite, ladylike, with classically luxurious style.

CREDIT: As a mini version of Fendi's iconic baguette, the Savana Mini Cyclamen Baguette has got some serious style chops in shimmery brushed leather, with tortoiseshell accents and that massive Fendi logo on the front. You can fulfil your label lust for $583.

CASH: Royal purple leather, gold tone hardware in a mini-size? Yep, this Tory Burch Amanda cross body bag has everything the others do, for just $217.

What you miss out on: Not much. The far cheaper Tory Burch ticks all the boxes, except for the on-trend boxy shape.

What you save: $2,298

The Valentino Va Va Voom - $2,346

Valentino Leopard Print Bag

 

BANK LOAN: At $2,346, the Va Va Voom Leopard Print bag by Valentino must be filled with solid gold, right? Well, no, but it is a solid medium-sized handbag, in a print that doesn't go out of style, with the signature Valentino rockstud detail.

CREDIT: Lulu Guinness serves up another leopard print bag, the large Pollyanna. It's a bigger bag, but with a slightly less exxy price tag: $1,241.

CASH: For our accessible option this time round, BCBGMAXAZRIA comes to play with this leopard print clutch. It's a good size for a clutch, but, smaller than the two others. It features a detachable chain strap, so it does have added versatility for the price; currently discounted to $132.

What you miss out on: Each of the bags are made out of haircalf - 100% leather, and while the more expensive options are bigger, better options for every day, the BCBG style offers versatility with the chain strap. But you don't get those badass studs.

What you save: $2,214

 

The Yves Saint Laurent Tote - $2,800

YSL Leather Tote

 

BANK LOAN: This monochrome YSL tote is big, bold and pricey at $2,800. It's totally timeless in off-white leather with black trim; and so in style, it looks like it's right off the runway. You can't really argue - it's a beautiful bag.

CREDIT: With the same off-white and black colour combo, this Chloe Alice leather tote is another big bag with bold style. It also features gold tone hardware, finished in genuine leather, for $1,946.

CASH: This Oasis tote brings the trend back down to earth with a $62 price tag. It features brassy hardware, an extra detachable cross body strap, and is made out of polyurethane.

What you miss out on: The feeling of owning a designer handbag. And the two more expensive bags are made with real leather, while the Oasis style is all man-made materials. It does do an amazing job of capturing the classic look, and adds a practical cross body strap to the equation.

What you save: $2,738

Bag(s) of the Week: Nude Satchels (From Michael Kors and Guess)

Nude, blush, beige - soft neutrals are about as chic as it gets - always timeless, endlessly versatile. Accessories in neutral tones can make a big impact in your wardrobe with that classically fashionable flexibility, giving you a fail-safe option when nothing else works with that dress.

We decided to strip back all the embellishments and colour-blocking for this week's Bag of the Week, and go nude!

We found two fabulous specimens to choose between; the Guess Gerri box satchel, and the Michael Kors Bedford bowling satchel, and we put it to a vote on our Facebook page over the weekend.

The Guess Handbag showed early dominance, but the Michael Kors picked up steam, ending up as the eventual winner. But, because there was so much interest in both bags, we thought we couldn't possibly leave one of them out!

Oh, and there's one thing we didn't mention; they'd both be winners if we judged by price range:

The Guess satchel costs $103, while the Michael Kors style will set you back $477!

So, for today's blog post, we'll take a closer look at both bags (and some other equally gorgeous nude satchels), so you can get the look, whatever your budget!

Michael Kors Nude Satchel
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The Michael Kors Bedford bowling satchel; with its gold hardware and python-embossed leather exterior evokes visions of a powder pink boudoir covered in furs, feathers, and pearls - total femininity, the girly-girl's dream handbag. In a nude shade that's playfully peachy, it flourishes when worn with other neutral hues. Best worn at the crook of your elbow while shopping for vintage in Paris.


Guess Nude satchel
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With a slightly cooler beige nude hue, the Guess Gerri box satchel ready to wear with earthy tones on a style safari. Shades of brown and leopard print shine here, perfectly complementing this modern bag.

And now that you're in love with nude, here's a little outfit inspiration...

ASOS Nude Satchel
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This boxy nude satchel from ASOS nails the look for less in barely there beige - perfectly understated - allowing you to go crazy with colour and print!
Tory Burch Nude Satchel
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Team this blush pink Tory Burch satchel with shades of teal for an eye-catching colour combo. P.S. That Forever New dress is amazeballs for summer!

Good things come in small packages: the allure of mini handbags

I swear, it was the Olsen twins that started it.

With their petite frames - it could easily have been an accident, but for arguments' sake, we'll say it was a carefully measured fashion statement.

The oversized handbag. Like, reaaaaallly oversized: the 'maxi' bag.

Their super-sized accessories got so big in fact, their legend spread outside the fashion world, catching the attention of pop culture commentators; like Paris Hilton's chihuahua and Bjork's swan dress before them.

And then the joke wasn't so funny anymore. Because every girl with a shred of fashion consciousness was soon seen toting copycat oversized styles. A trend was born.

To this day, the mega bag still has its place.

Celebs tote them daily to carry their masses of important celebrity things; use them to hide potential baby bumps, or even post-operative facelift scars. Everyday ladies still see the practicality in a mega bag too: the term 'travelling light' doesn't have to come into the picture for those of us who need the world every time we go out.

And it's after years of oversized bag domination that we arrive at today's blog post. A small rebellion of sorts - a foray on the other side of the fence.

We are declaring our love and adoration for the bags the Olsen twins didn't want us to see.

Mini-handbags. Tiny, little, sweet and petite mini-sized handbags, that throw practicality out the window in favour of looking cool in certain situations where you'll definitely only need your lipstick.

Today, we take a look at a few reasons why bigger isn't always better.

LOUD

Loud Minis
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Just because they're small, doesn't mean they can't pack a punch. These bright and bold minis make a statement with tough hardware, and eye-catching colour. Perfect if you're looking to partake in a little colour-blocking, pair these minis (from AILA, Valentino and Michael Kors) with equally bright accessories and let your look do the talking.

LUXE

 

Luxe Minis
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You know what says 'rich'? A tiny little bag. Obviously, you have people to carry your things. These luxuriously embellished minis by Versace, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabbana are fit for a Russian princess and should be worn accordingly - with your limbs dripping in over-the-top gold jewels.

WILD

 

Animal Minis
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Dress code getting you down? Even if you have to keep your outfit straight-laced for the office, you can show a little hint of your wild side with an animal print mini, like these styles from Kurt Geiger, Reiss and YSL.

SPARKLY

Detailed Minis
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For some reason, the smaller something is; the more precious it is, right? We reckon that's totally true when it comes to mini handbags, especially sparkly styles that are far more special than your average tote. These beauties are brought to you by Christian Louboutin, Philipp Plein, Foley + Corinna and Merona at Target.

CLASSIC

Classic Minis + Classic Dresses
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Our fashionista forebears didn't have mega handbags, and they were far more ladylike within their limitations. Tiny structured handbags are  ultimately feminine paired with a demure full-skirted dress - try these styles from Melie Bianco, Gucci and Mimco.

Signs of Ageing: How You’re Accidentally Wearing out your New Handbag

You've just bought a gorgeous new handbag, and you're finding a reason to tote it daily, showing it off to your friends and basking in your newfound handbag fulfilment.

But while you're fielding compliments left right and centre over your new acquisition, you're slowing but surely stealing its shine, accidentally ageing it with every use.

As with every other fashion item you own, the more you wear it, the more you wear it out - which totally sucks when you're madly in love with it.

However, having a little awareness about your handbag and it's delicacies can keep it looking hotter for longer - taking it into 'I'm going to give this to my daughter one day' territory, and far away from 'I wonder if the second hand shop will take this'.

Here are a few ways you can keep your handbag looking store-fresh, no matter how often it leaves the house.

You think you carry too much junk? Imagine how your handbag feels...

Handbags have a pretty specific purpose: they carry our essentials, wherever we go. But sometimes, the definition of 'essentials' gets a little loose.

And then there's the whole concept of 'put something in, take something out'. Yeah, that doesn't happen here. We just load more, and more into our handbags until they get too heavy to haul.

Unfortunately, the damage this practice does goes further than Tender Shoulder Syndrome; it's slowly tearing your handbag's straps.

If it's a good quality handbag, it'll put up a solid fight - but even the most expensive totes will eventually crumble under the pressure. First: fraying stitches, then split seams, then the straps will start to tear. And when that happens, there's pretty much no going back.

Pro tip:

If you care about your handbag (whether that's because you love it, or you spent far too much money on it), you should take care with how much you expect it to hold. Try to keep an eye out for heavy non-essentials that are bringing the weight up: loose coins are a killer. Take two minutes to empty out the random items you've collected over the week every Sunday, and start the new week with a light and fancy-free handbag that doesn't knock your spine out of alignment.

Stains and marks and scuffs, oh my!

Before you let your bag out of the, well, bag - you should think about using protection.

Making a little effort to avoid dirty stains and water marks could save you a lot of heartbreak later on. Find yourself a good leather protectant that will form a resistant barrier against water, stains and dirt, and you'll have a better shot of getting your handbag out of little accidents unscathed.

That being said, you can't protect your handbag forever - and realistically, it'll cop a stain, mark or scuff at some time or another. So here's the most common oopsies, with nifty cures:

    • Ballpoint pen - Try saturating some cotton wool with rubbing alcohol, and rub the mark in circular motions until it disappears. No rubbing alcohol? Try acetone-free nail polish remover.
    • Scuff marks - For leather, try rubbing a damp cloth into the scuff in gentle circular motions, then do the same with a dry cloth to make it shine. For suede, use an eraser to rub out the scuff, and for patent leather, try a little nail polish remover.
    • Stains on your non-leather bag - Less expensive handbags are often made of polyurethane or PVC, which means they're non-leather (non-leather = no cows = animal friendly). It's important to take extra care cleaning non-leather bags, as it's easy to do more damage than good. Try a slightly damp cloth, and rub any marks or stains gently. The eraser trick could work for pen marks too - but if you're worried, try a test patch somewhere that's not so visible first.

Don't let your handbag get bent out of shape.

When you actually manage to leave the house without your new handbag, where does it live while it's on hiatus? Yep, even in it's downtime, your handbag is still at risk of premature ageing!

If you hang your large handbag from a hook, or door handle, you're putting strain on those straps unnecessarily, but if you leave it empty on the floor, you're doing even more damage. Letting it slump over itself can cause wrinkles and deep creases in the exterior, and can even bend it out of shape. Squishing it into your wardrobe with the rest of your collection won't do it any favours either - it'll never look the same on your shoulder again!

Pro tip:

If you want your handbag to keep it's shape and stop unsightly creases from appearing, here's what to do when it's not in use: pack it almost full with paper (like the stuff that was probably inside when you bought it), and give it some room on a shelf, out of direct sunlight.

It's what's on the inside that counts...

While you're fussing over the outside of your bag, don't forget about what's going on inside. If you're carrying pens, lipstick, coins and food (you know, the essentials), then it's likely your handbag's lining is in a bit of a state.

And basically, that's just nasty!

You can stop the madness before it starts by investing in a handbag liner that'll hold off lid-less pens and burst yoghurts. But, if your lining is already sporting marks and stains, try clearing it out, and getting into it with a damp cloth, and hanging it upside down, with the lining out to dry.

New York Fashion Week Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2013 Accessories Round-up

Over the past few days, one of the world's fashion capitals has been home to one of the biggest fashion events on the calendar; New York Fashion Week.

Designers showed their Spring/Summer 2013 collections, perfect timing for us to prepare our wardrobes for the warmer months, getting in on the trends of the future before the Nothern Hemisphere has a chance!

As per usual, we honed in on the accessories on display, namely, the handbags, and we spotted some strong trends coming through from our favourite designers.

Here, we'll round up some of the hot handbag trends from NYFW, and reveal how you can bag the trend now, without the runway price tag!

WHITE

The models of Rag & Bone sashayed down the runway clutching stark white shoulder bags, with the long straps wrapped around their wrists. BCBG Max Azria also showed structured white patent totes.

We found some white-out bags that'll get you through the season, including (left to right) an ASOS slot through envelope clutch, Zara calfskin messenger bag, Big Buddha Ziggy tote from Endless.com and this Mimco Coco mini handbag, with black trim that's right up the Rebecca Minkoff alley.

 

White Bags - Spring/Summer
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BOXY

Alexander Wang showed boxy clutch bags, while Jason Wu sent out a hat-box style tote. Try this Reiss faceted box clutch bag, DKNY mini cross-body bag, or the Zara Antik messenger bag.

Boxy Bags Spring/Summer
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COLOUR CO-ORDINATED

Rebecca Minkoff showed floral prints in varying shades, with colour co-ordinated bags; clutches, and an oval-shaped tote. Pick out a pretty dress, and find a matchy-matchy bag to complete the look. How about this pink Ted Baker purse, green ASOS satchel, Medusa Medusa yellow mini clutch or turquoise Cole Haan suede stunner?

Colour co-ordinated Spring/Summer
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CLASSIC

The look for handbags was classic at Jason Wu, with a sleek black doctor's bag, and leopard print panels on a white mini-tote. Good old chain straps featured at Victoria Beckham and Rebecca Minkoff too. We found this colour-blocked Mimco classic satchel, the chain-strapped Michael Kors Hamilton tote bag, a leopard print clutch from River Island and a timeless doctor's satchel by Ivanka Trump.

Classic Spring/Summer

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