With the festive season around the corner, you’ll want to look good from top to toe. Wearing the right makeup and perfect outfit is fine enough. But throw in an absolutely fabulous bag and you’ve got the perfect Chinese New Year’s outfit.
Besides complementing your festive get-up, these bags will also work for other occasions – be it a brunch meeting or a day out with your loved ones – which makes them a good investment.
To add on, they’re in fun and trendy spring colours, and they’re the new kids on the block – so you’ll be truly chic. Swipe on for our top picks.
Because of the bag’s sporty look, it would definitely go better with a street-style outfit.
So wear this with an off-shoulder blouse, preferably in red to match the canvas strap. Then pair it with high-waisted palazzo pants and sneakers. Instead of slinging it across, carry it on one shoulder.
Use gold accessories to play in with the bag’s hardware, and you’re good to go!
Prada Pionnière leather shoulder bag, US$1,950
A true-blue CNY bag – this bold red bag brings in natural elements like bamboo and a textured double tiger head (maybe not so natural). We love how this bag is sleek and structured with its trapeze shape.
Carry this striking number with either a plain coloured or an off-white dress so that the bag can truly stand out. If you’re daring enough, pop on some leopard print earrings or shoes to go with.
Gucci Dionysus leather shoulder bag, S$3,650
If you’re not one to go big, then get your hands on this leather bag, bound to make a subtle statement. This little classic bag has a quilted effect and a sleek metallic chain in silver-tone.
Thanks to its versatile colour, you could pair this with almost anything – but for a look that slays, pair this bag with black shiny stilettos, a long-sleeved orchid-coloured blouse and black pants. Of course, don’t forget that outstanding red lip!
Although this basket-inspired bag – crafted from woven bamboo – is very structured, it is all-fun too thanks to its light pink hue and the pastel leather and feather tassels that soften it up. You’ve a choice to either carry this bag by its attachable white shoulder strap, or you could carry it just by its pink handles.
Then put on a red shift dress, fluffy pink pom pom earrings and white slides. Accessorise with a gold watch and off you go!
Prada leather-trimmed wicker tote, S$ 2,180
An undeniable luxe bag that’ll take you from day to night in the blink of an eye.
This Gucci bag is decked in red velvet that is finished with a quilted-detail and gold-tone hardware that adds to its lush feel.
Since it has a sliding shoulder strap with a red lining, you could style this bag many ways – at the end of the day, it’ll be the ultimate va-va-voom accessory. For Chinese New Year, wear this with a wine-red dress with minimal details to add sophistication.
Gucci GG Marmont velvet shoulder bag, S$2,700
Made of brown suede and leather, this bag gives off an elegant, romantic and vintage vibe that we absolutely adore. You could either hold on to the gold handles, or attach a strap and sling it across.
Because this gives off a more classy tone, you’ll want to wear something that flows prettily – like palazzo pants or a chiffon (or silk) skirt, preferably in maroon to match the rose pink shade. Or for a quick-fit, pair this with a black jumpsuit, which is always on point.
Chloé Small Pixie shoulder bag, S$1,992
French luxury house Saint Laurent, most known for its rock-glam flair, revives its classic Monogram chain wallet with an all-white look and contrasting black trim.
You could wear this bag with a red outfit, but we suggest going for a white ensemble – a flowy white blouse, white pants and black stilettos for a twist.
Saint Laurent monogram chain wallet, S$2,370
This full leather bag gives a refresh to your entire look with its structured shape and modern design that sets it apart from the others. Combined with the embossed logo and silver-tone appliqué, this bag will instantly amp up your outfit.
For a chic vibe, wear a checkered dress, a strong red lip and red shoes. Then hold your bag in your hand (the strap is detachable), or wear it with its strap and sling it across your body. How versatile.
Prada again rides on the bohemian straw-bag trend and pairs it with contrasting colours that manage to blend perfectly together. The leather and raffia bag is framed beautifully with whipstitched leather to create a sophisticated look. Its wide strap means carrying around your necessities in not only style, but comfort too.
Pair this with a red body con dress and white stilettos for a polished look.
Prada Cahier whipstitched leather and raffia shoulder bag, US$2,950 (S$3,892)
We’re in love with the bold colour this bag dons, and its embellished candy-coloured handle that give it a playful feel. For the fun gals out there, this is the bag you’ll want. Made in Italy from textured leather, you could either carry this in the nook of your arm, or attach the shoulder strap.
Because it’s in a bold red, you’ll want to avoid wearing too much of the fiery hue – instead pick up from the other colours on the bag, like royal blue or eggshell white.
If you’re going for an easy-breezy, totally non-traditional look, then give this a go. Made from supple nubuck, this little tote bears a leather handle that gives it an interesting twist.
Since it wears a rather uncommon mint shade, it’s best to pair this with a white blouse and a bright yellow skirt. To make it a little more presentable than casual, wear pastel blue (or mint) mules.