The perfect accomplice to a fabulous outfit is a great bag. Bag trends come in all shapes and sizes and the one you would want to add to your collection this season, is the bucket bag or drawstring bag.
These drawstring wonders are the handbag style that kept international designers such as Alexander Wang, Mulberry and Tila March busy and fashionistas Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sonam Kapoor have been spotted carrying one in the recent past.
While it is important to have the classics in your closet, some trendy bags are worth the buy. "Handbags are accessories, and they must complements the look you are wearing. Bucket bags are a perfect substitute for the clutch, when going clubbing. It’s an 80’s inspired trend and are available in leather, printed faux leather, gold hardware and gleaming dome studs," says bag designer Gulnaz Sheikh.
These bags usually have a single strap and a soft round bottom that curves up when picked up. It suits the look of a hipster, goes well with jeans and even casual outfits like tunics and leggings. "These bags can work over fusion South-Asian urban wear, but don’t gel with traditional dupatta suits and saris," adds Sheikh. The potli bags with studs and zari available in most stores and street markets are similar in look and go well with the Indian ensembles.
A great utility bag, bucket bags can be stuffed with a lot of things and still looks great when neatly tied up. "Bucket bags with long strings can be used for casual wear and the one’s with small handles and shapes can be teamed really well with party wear. But, ultimately, it is the way you carry yourself that counts. You carry anything with confidence and it will look good," says bag designer Shivani Sood.
In Delhi, these bags are available in local markets from Lajpat Nagar to Sarojini Nagar for Rs 500 onwards and at fashion brands like Zara, HI-design and Forever New for Rs 1500 onwards.