What with mainstream fashions becoming increasingly grunge and monotone in preparation for the cold weather, bags appear to be moving in the opposite direction and growing larger and delightfully garish. Here are some of our picks for brightening up the darker days.

The novelty bag

img-thingNovelty bags have been everywhere during the summer; the sillier and more childish, the better. It’s been all about fruit slices and milk cartons during the hot weather, but as the greyness creeps in, gems like this Topshop metallic planet bag pop up. What a beauty.

The fringed slouch bag

River Island Black leather and suede fringed duffle bagThe rule with fringing this season is: the longer the better. Think Craig Charles towards the end of Robot Wars. This beauty from River Island ticks all the boxes: fringe, braids, contrasting textures, animal skin, tassels… what more could you want?

The oversized shopper bag

867a3d34cdbde62dca97d03513315239Model included to show just how huge this beast is. Big attention-grabbing bags you can fit your life into are massively in right now, and ASOS has nailed it with this suede croc-effect shopper, which comes in several colours. Shoppers are so versatile for all day, everyday use.

The bum bag

image1xxlOkay, hear us out… think not of the garish accessories your parents wore on family holidays in the 90’s, but look upon this slick new breed of astoundingly useful little bags. Not only are these babies practical and extra secure thanks to where they sit, but big style stars like Mary Elizabeth Winstead have been showing up in public wearing bum bags not unlike this simple New Look number. Give ’em a chance.