At Aesthetic HQ, we’ve amassed quite the collection of luxury leathers. Come payday, we can often be found gathering in Central London, having a whistlestop tour of the main suspects (Topshop, Zara, Liberty of London and Selfridge’s, finished off with Pinkberry) and then chowing down on our food of choice while talking about our next handbag conquests and having a gossip about anything and everything (but mostly about where we’re eating next time).

With the new season slowly, very slowly, making itself known to us, we’ve compiled an edit of the must-have bags from the humble British High Street right now.


First up, the Zara Office City bag (#1) has had the entire nation trembling at the knees. At a cool £49.99, this bag is the perfect size for work, fitting in notebooks, laptops, iPads and with zipped sections for your worldly possessions. Also from Zara, this Suede Bowling Bag (#2) made it straight to the top of our wishlist. This leather number will set you back £69.99 but will look amazing when paired with a multitude of outfits, bringing it a hint of relaxed New York charm.

Moving swiftly on to the slightly more high end, the Burlington bag (#3) hails from Whistles. This everyday bag comes in three colours – all of which I tried on, and as ever, I’d still opt for the cream – and comes in at £235. Definitely an investment choice, but the handle vs. strap option, structured shape and adorable twist lock have sold me already.

So after that eye-watering wishlist wonder, let’s bring it back to our favourite: Topshop. We’re huge fans of Topshop’s one season bags, wear to death for four months at most, stash away (bags are never thrown away) and then go back for more. Our favourites include this Clean Leather Tote (#4) which is oh so professional, the Quilted Box Chain Bag (#5) which probably won’t be too practical but fits tons in and is the perfect bright blue hue, and of course the Clean Colour Block Bag (#6) which takes inspiration from the Mulberry Del Rey and meshes it with affordable, chunky buckled goodness.

Michelle Chai is a self-confessed colour avoider, avid coffee enthusiast, multi-tasker extraordinaire and, by night, a regular fashion blogger at Daisybutter. She edits Aesthetic (both online and print) and really enjoys her ongoing quest for the perfect knit. FYI, this one came close to nabbing the title.


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