It was only in the 1950s that major fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and Chanel have started to produce designer handbags and in the 1960s, reptile skin and silk handbags came into fashion. This new look signaled a new version of femininity where a very small bag indicates status, beauty, and sophistication. In 1985, the first unisex bag, the black nylon knapsack was introduced and designed by Miuccia Prada and by the early 1990s, small handbags with the holograms of CCs and H were all over in London, and New York, which is now known as the fashion capitals in the world.
There are many types of shoulder bags available in the market, from school knapsacks to stylish handbags and tote bags, there is a bag for everyone. Each bag is designed for specific use or it can be used as a multipurpose bag. For instance, Totes are ubiquitous and come in fabrics ranging from plain canvas to leather. Their angular-shaped design and sturdy straps are designed to carry a variety of items, such as books or groceries, making it perfect for everyday use. Famous brands that design fabulous looking totes are Anya Hindmarch, Emporio Armani, Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith.
Pairing outfits with shoulder bags is never easy and can be daunting for some as it can be compromised your carefully put-together look. While there are several ways to dress your bag, here are some of the best and fun ways to style yourself without lifting your finger.
- Be chic and on the go style by pairing your bag with a blazer or other structured top for a dressier look. Accessorized your bag with a cute little scarf (think Hermès, Chanel) tied around the strap, turning you from snooze to stunning in no time.
- You can never go wrong with pastels, neon, and prints. Whether it's for both work and play, they can be stylishly quirky as long as you combine complementary tones and materials. Example, wearing a bold, colored bag with equally bold prints will easily make you stand out and certainly will turn heads around.
- Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. It’s all about the accessories. Top your outfit with an equally sharp bag that will enhance your silhouette. Throw in some accessories such as belts, jackets, and jewels on the bag to top off the look. To boost up your outfit, throw in a pair of sexy Louboutin high heels and you will look from meh to amazing that is guaranteed to make jaws drop.
If there is one accessory that you can never have too many of, it’s the shoulder bags. It’s the perfect accessory to spice up your wardrobe without looking drab. Bold clutches, modern backpacks, embellished totes, you name it.