Weird and wonderful ways of holding bags is no new fashion phenomenon. Take a second look at any catwalk show and you will see that a very specific strategy for the holding of accessories has been masterminded so that it is elevated beyond its mere status as a constructed object to become a kind of ideology. This week, there are some updates to report in the world of handbag placement trends. Pay attention...
1. VICTORIA BECKHAM'S "GIANT BAG AS A CLUTCH"
The neatness and petiteness of a clutch bag has made the whole handbag holding dilemma far simpler since they became acceptable for daytime use. However, the ever practical Mrs Beckham has thrown a spanner in the works this week by visually suggesting that we take a giant, structured leather holdall and pretend it's a clutch. It looks quite awkward and would probably only work if your bag contained only tissue paper.
2. THE ONE SHOULDER RUCKSACK
Did you hear Melanie talking about rucksacks on Radio 4 on Tuesday? If you did, then you'll know that the coolest way to carry the coolest bag of the moment is to sling it over one shoulder, rather than going the whole preppy hog and hoiking it up on both shoulders. It may look nonchalant, but this method is actually the most practical, allowing quick access to your worldly goods. See Cara Delevingne.
3. THE ACROSS THE BODY IN FRONT OF THE BODY
There's no doubt that a bag with a cross-body strap is a life friendly option, leaving hands free for holding hands, drinking tea and the such. However, if you have even a trace of boob, they tend to be extremely unflattering, nestling into your cleavage and creating all sorts of awkward folds and creases. There's an ingenious solution to this issue- to place your bag at the front of your body so that it frames your torso rather than cutting it up.
|A clever caped showgoer (via refinery29.com)|
|Arizona Muse at the shows (via harpersbazaar.com)|