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Bags of style for the year ahead.

Bags of style for the year ahead.

At this time of year, when it's freezing outside, I tend to layer up to keep the chill at bay. It can be hard to keep your look fresh, when you're wearing half the contents of your wardrobe at once! So, although the sales are in full swing, & a few bargains to be found, I don't really need anything. My closets are full, near to bursting if I'm honest! However, I still need a little something to lift my outfits & my spirits at this time of year.

Now, you have a few options, when updating your look at this time of year. How about some statement jewellery? Chunky necklaces can be great addition to any outfit, but can be lost under coats & scarves. What about a new hairstyle? Can be a great way to lift your mood & style, but is maybe a little drastic if you just want to freshen up your outfits at a transitional time of year! Anyway, a hat or the bad weather will ruin a new hairstyle as soon as you step out of the salon! (Or does that only happen to me?) Another option is a new handbag. It looks good & has an actual function to boot! The right bag can transform an outfit & freshen up your whole look. At the moment I'm loving the Shopper bag. Both practical & stylish, this bag will see you through the winter months & into the spring. The latest drop of bags have just arrived here at McConnells, & they are just what you need, to rejuvenate your winter outfits.

If you want a neutral colour then "Miss Chantal" from Clarks is a great pick. The beige colour in this bag will go with any outfit. With its croc effect beige front & cream sides, it oozes style. Three roomy compartments make this ideal for work or a shopping trip. Also coming in navy with cream & tan trim for a pop of colour. My fave shopper is the lovely "Magnolia Bud" in taupe with contrasting black trim. With its cream & black cross stitch print on the front, it is right on trend for this season.

If a smaller bag is more your thing then have a look at "Misinto Joy". This updated take on the classic satchel is the perfect size. Colour blocking is a key trend now, so this bag is a great way to keep your look up to the minute. In a navy, tan & cream colour combo, this classic little bag will go everywhere with you. Another little gem is " Mapello Buzz" from Clarks. This versatile black patent bag is styled with brown & tan details. This bag can be worn as a chic clutch, or worn across the body with its detachable long strap. This bag truly will take you from day to night, with effortless style.

All featured bags are available in store & on line at www.mcconnellshoes.co.uk

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