This coming Season, it’s all about the attention to detail, especially when it comes to accessories. In last week’s Fashion article, we spotted a number of people out and about on the streets of London rocking a statement bag – one of AW12’s key pieces. This week’s article is dedicated to the statement bag, on a budget. We’ll show you how to re-create a range of key looks, for a fraction of the price, using a bit of DIY know-how.
Canvas rucksacks are still going strong, and the Lazy Oaf Space Pack ticks all the right boxes with its space-age, galactic print. However, at £55.00, it is a tad on the pricey side – probably because you’re paying an excess for the Lazy Oaf logo. Fear not, though: if you’re not a brand junkie, you can pull off a similar look for a fraction of the price.
ASOS sell a plain black canvas rucksack, which also features leather-look straps, for a more economical £22.00. Using a paintbrush dipped in white fabric paint (we recommend Dylon White Fabric Paint, which can be bought in a 25ml pot from Amazon for £4.99), flick the brush at the bag to create a paint-splattered effect, much like the galactic print on the Lazy Oaf Space Pack.
A classic look with a twist, the studded clutch is a staple bag for next Season. It can be paired with an LBD for a more sophisticated look, or dressed down with some stonewashed jeans. The ASOS Dome Stud Clutch comes in oxblood red, a key colour for AW12, but it has to be said that the £30.00 price label is slightly less appealing.
If you’d rather save your pennies – or, in fact, pounds –why not invest in an £8.00 Oversized Envelope Clutch from Matalan, and customise it using a packet of studs and some fabric glue? Josy Rose sell a packet of approximately 28 studs, in either gold or silver, for £2.45 (www.josyrose.com), and fabric glue can be purchased for under a fiver from any reputable craft shop or haberdashery.
Shoppers aren’t really a look, per se: they never really go out of fashion. Shoppers are ideal book-bags / eco bags / that-other-bag-that-you-fold-away-into-your-handbag-just-in-case bags. Having said this, the shopper has definitely upped its game, and your average High Street shopper can be seen as a statement bag in its own right: just look at the Topshop Moustache Shopper, coming in at £10.00, or the See By Chloé Tiger-print Cotton Canvas shopper, which costs £60.00!
Now, I think we can all agree that £60.00 seems a tad expensive for a canvas shoulder-bag. You can significantly cut costs by buying your own plain canvas tote and customising it to your personal taste; we found a lovely example of a plain canvas shopper on eBay for £3.75. MouthLondon recommends creating your own graphic designs on the computer, then printing the design onto some iron-on transfer paper (again, try eBay or Amazon for cheap multi-packs). Iron the design onto your plain canvas shopper, remembering that this will produce a mirror-image of your original design (translation: if you’re planning on incorporating text, horizontally flip it on your computer once the design is complete. Alternatively, get creative with some patches, which can be scoured from places like Camden Market.