Leather Handbags were always in fashion but have you seen the increasing amount of leather jackets, shoes, dresses, skirts and t-shirts cropping up everywhere recently? I believe Spring/Summer 2014 we'll see a lot of leather clad fashionistas strutting the runway and high street. I personally am a huge fan of leather in almost any form whatsoever. Unless of course they are leather pants in which case I cant pull it off.
I've also been looking for a new handbag recently and just cannot set my mind on one. My favourite selection at present is at River Island and Vanilla Paris. The bags at both these brands, especially Vanilla Paris look like the much coveted after Birkin and Chanel but around the £100 price tag.
I do like to get inspired by seasonal trends and all that jazz but economically I feel investing in a classic staple would be more justified, only because it's less likely to go out of fashion. Although my heart yearns for those gorgeous duck blue and pastel pink arm candy, I'm planning to be sensible this time and go for a grown up classic leather handbag but with a pop of colour perhaps or may be a mock croc effect for some added texture. I'm thinking mink, indigo or tan and an elegant, structured shape.
If you like me are lusting after a leather handbag too, you'll want to check out Vanilla Paris's Bertie collection in particular as it's a great alternative to the unaffordable Birkins. They are currently running a Giveaway on Facebook where a lush red leather handbag will be won by one lucky winner once they hit 2000 likes. A fair deal eh? Especially considering that the handbag retails around a whopping £85!
You can like their Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/VanillaParisOnline