Transform any summer or spring outfit into something befitting the streets of Milan with the addition of large sunglasses and a metallic bag. Whether you choose sparkly gold or shimmering silver, a metallic bag will really make your summer wardrobe shine. Choose a big bag for daytime and something a little daintier for the evening. One of the best thing about metallic day bags is that they go with anything, meaning that you won’t have to spend any of those sunshine hours having to move all those bits and bobs from one bag to another, whilst shimmer night-time bags will always make an outfit sparkle.
For Day | A big metallic shopper, tote or even a backpack will really make a fashion statement, and they will all be great for holding enough for a complete day out. Use them as uber-fashionable beach bags, or fill them with your children’s bits and bobs. However you choose to use them, you can be sure that they will be the perfect mix of high fashion and high function. Boden’s Maida Vale Bag screams catwalk chic and is big enough to hold your daytime essentials and your summer read. Its handy contrasting shoulder strap also makes it great for carrying around all day long. For sheer designer style, the Bao Bao Issey Miyake Prism Medium Silver Tote bag is a top choice. With a price tag of more than £400, however, this might not be the best one to fill with sand. The Mint Velvet Carrie Leather Metallic Shopper is significantly cheaper, but it still won’t make it look as though you’re scrimping on style, while the Silver Flip Lock Backpack from New Look is a great bargain buy. Who knew that backpacks could look this chic?
By Night | You usually don’t need to carry so much for a night out, and so styles can be slimmed once the sun starts to go down. There’s nothing dull about the Metallic Double Zip Boxy Purse from Topshop, however. The handy wrist strap makes it easy to carry around, and although this one’s probably more purse than traditional bag, there’s still room inside for a lipstick, powder and your keys. Slightly bigger is the Leather Soft Ziptop Bag in gold from Accessorize. This will put a sparkle in your eye when you feel how soft it is and realise that you could probably fit in your whole make-up bag for those mid-evening repairs. For a special occasion, the Monsoon Satin Silver Heat Seal Clutch from Next is a real show stopper, as is the Vintage Styler Diamanté Clutch Bag, also from Next. These are the kinds of options to go for if you really want to be the star of the show. If your budget is as impressive as your fashion sense, check out the Calvin Klein Andie Metallic Triple Gusset Shoulder Bag from House of Fraser. No one will care if you’ve gone out wearing your pyjamas if you’re holding a bag as great as this.