There is no doubt that accessories can either make or break an outfit but the one accessory that a girl can never go wrong with is a handbag. For example accessorizing a sequined top with a lavish necklace could be depicted as majorly OTT, however if you match it with an exquisitely chic bag, what could possibly go wrong? Of course we all love our famous designer bags from fashion houses such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors but as students who can barely afford our groceries and crazy nights out, the popular Zara bags are quite the alternative. At the end of the day 50 euros or 2000 euros – it’s all an investment!

Now to own one of these bags you absolutely must be already dripping in Chanel and pearls with an Audrey Hepburn style up-do. Sunglasses are a must and the classic dash of red lipstick should be added for the perfect finishing touches. You’d be mistaken for the Spice Girls’ Posh in no time. On a more serious note, CC bags can add class to any outfit- excluding tracksuits!

Can anyone say Chihuahua? Need a classic bag to throw your puppy in? What other bag to invest in than a gorgeous LV bag? Nonetheless they’re big enough to fit just about anything hence why these modern glories are every girl’s ideal!

On the cheaper scale of things, Marc Jacobs is generally the way to go. If you’re not in love with everything Marc Jacobs then what exactly do you love? Recommending the “Goodbye Columbus Tote” for Spring 2014.

Michael Kors and Apple have recently collaborated together to create elegant and sophisticated bags for Macbooks and generally any laptop! Who needs a boring, tasteless laptop bag when you can invest in a fab new MK tote? Talk about certified college sass!

Sometimes inexpensive is the way to go and if you’re looking for a bag that won’t put a hole in your pocket, Zara stocks the perfect bags for you! Two words: sturdy and slick- an investment that’s worth every penny.

by Ayisha Ogbara