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.  


Look 1: The Rucksack

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.   

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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.

Top tip: before you start throwing around the fabric paint, protect the bag’s faux leather straps by covering them in masking tape. Also, perhaps do this outside, or make good use of some sheets of newspaper if you’re indoors.   


Look 2: The Studded Clutch

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.

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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 (, and fabric glue can be purchased for under a fiver from any reputable craft shop or haberdashery.  


Look 3: The Shopper

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.




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