If I get to pick one bag this season, it would have to be a boxy style. Among all the accessory trends, the boxy bag has appeared in various permutations at brands such as Chloe, YSL and Oscar de la Renta. The retro-inspired shape also matches the elegant, ladylike look that has made a huge comeback this autumn.
Fanfan (below) has chosen a structured leather satchel as her boxy bag of the season. It's made of black leather with a brown exotic skin trim and can be carried either using the long black leather strap or the shorter brown handle. Either way, the bag adds a classic touch to any outfit, especially Fanfan's modern combination of a white over-sized T-shirt with faux-snakeskin leggings. Fanfan says she bought the bag in a vintage shop in London and loves that it is so versatile it matches almost all her clothes.
Ruby (top right) has opted for a structured rectangular purse that is more formal but equally wearable. The neon-yellow python print catches the eye immediately and matches her rainbow-coloured zebra print tube dress. Her boxy clutch is the perfect accessory for the evening and its squarish shape also subtly reflects the statement shoulders that are so popular this season.
The best thing about owning a boxy bag is that you can dress it up, say, with a satin jumpsuit, as seen at Chloe, or go simple by pairing it with muted items or basics such as jeans and T-shirts. If you want to try the trendy 80s look, match your bag with skinny leather trousers or faux-fur leggings. And don't just stick to black and brown leather styles - experiment with colours such as emerald green, beige or even neon for a more modern twist.
For authentic vintage pieces, check out stores such as Decades (http://decadesinc.blogspot.com/) or ebay.com. For rectangular clutches, check out the python styles in tangerine orange, yellow and pink at Fiona's Collection (G/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, tel: 2581 3968). I also saw a black leather boxy bag with a chain strap at H&M that won't break the bank. If you are ready to splurge, Chloe's Sally shoulder bag made of coloured leather with a chain strap is perfect for your autumn wardrobe (available at Lane Crawford, shop 117A, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, tel: 2155 8066).