Accessories are simply fabulous. They always fit, and they can transform clothes you already own. They can make an outfit smarter, more stylish, and more unique. They last, and you can dig them out seasons later and enjoy them all over again.
Bags.....you can never own too many. Clutches, handbags, shoppers, purses and all of the other styles that have been invented by the fashion industry to keep us spending - and yet we keep buying them!
Wearing a quirky bag can enable even the most simple outfits to have a stamp of your style.
Here are some of my current favs for a rockabilly/vintage/retro splash to your wardobe from the high street:
Leopard print is such an easy and classic way to inject a bit of retro glamour into your look. This suitcase from Topshop costs £45.
Vainty cases are such a retro shape - and this Topshop one is pretty cool! Easier than scouring for a nice vintage one, but perhaps not quite as satisfying! This one costs £38.
If you're after a slightly punkier (but still high street) bag, this pink leopard print bag may hit the spot. It is from ViVi Boutique at Dorothy Perkins and costs £42.
Sticking with classically rockabilly colour schemes and patterns - black and white, big bow, stripes. Done. This is a KG by Kurt Geiger and is £29 from John Lewis.
Irregular Choice (at Schuh as well as with their own stores) are good for a more alternative high street bag. This little doggy clutch is £40.
It is possible to get quite 'alternative' stuff on the high street if you look hard enough! This skull and bow bag is from Iron Fist, exclusively with Schuh and costs £35.
Tartan; another great rockabilly/punk pattern, and easy to pick up on the highstreet. This one is from Peacocks for £9.60. The satchel shape is great for a bit of geek chic too!
This little flirty pin-up number is from Next and costs £28.
I am a big fan of River Island's bags. This is quite a random one from them....but could work for a geeky rockabilly look - squirrel suitcase anyone!?
Paperchase can be good for quirkier bags on the high street. This sweet little holdall costs £19.75