Spring’s Accessories Trend No1: The Bucket Bag

If there’s one accessory you won’t want to be without for spring 2015, it’s the bucket bag. What could you possibly need more than a roomy everyday receptacle for all your essentials, which, it goes without saying, is still expected to make a strong style statement?

Giorgio Armani, Loewe, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Alberta Ferretti were among those who lived up to these expectations with the production of elegant lines and classic shapes. Victoria Beckham observed the same rules, but introduced reptilian overtones and stealthy leopard prints. Phillip Lim flirted with sizing and cut-outs, while Kenzo mixed canvas, leather and rubber. Meanwhile, Moschino and Marni were embracing colour and prints. Away from the runways, Alexa Chung brought some delicacy to a chunky look with a raffia bucket bag, lacy skater dress and gold-toned shoes.

So as you can see, whether it’s metallic embellishment, houndstooth, monochrome, pastels or primaries, bucket bags are rocking the streets in a riot of colours, designs and finishes, which make them just about indispensable for your spring and summer wardrobe. Grab your portmanteau in real or faux leather, suede, fabric or faux fur, and close with drawstrings, buttons, clips or zips. Embellish with tassels, and stir in colours, materials and prints. Wear with straps, cord or chain handles, over the shoulder, on your back or across the body.

Team tan leather with this season’s scrumptious blush pink, and wrap around a muted check scarf. Staying with reddish brown tones, choose a snake-textured version to couple with denim and a cropped tee, or substitute subtle bi-colours. Sling a large tawny bucket bag on the shoulder of a dark jacket, or over a smoky blanket coat. Be chic with royal blue against a black blazer, or lead with layered shades – add a grey oversized sweater to black skinnies, heels, and carry-all, for example. Alternatively, keep the whole outfit in pastel or add a dark bag as contrast.

Mansur Gavriel led the way with this trend at the start, but now there’s a bucket bag out there for all tastes and incomes, so get yours while you can, and spend a happy afternoon filling it. Just don’t even think about downsizing any time soon!

Bucket Bag Trend: The featured photo is of Ann Kim with her huge bucket bag from Mansur Gavriel

The bucket bag is a must have this season. Izortze Setien pairs this one with an all black combination of punky boots and a maxi coat to create an edgy and cool aesthetic. Coat: COS, Knit: Bimba & Lola, Jeans: Topshop, Bag: Mansur Gavriel.

The bucket bag is a must have this season. Izortze Setien pairs this one with an all black combination of punky boots and a maxi coat to create an edgy and cool aesthetic.

Coat: COS, Knit: Bimba & Lola, Jeans: Topshop, Bag: Mansur Gavriel.

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A darker bucket bag will look great with a black dress and patterned heels. Via Brittany Xavier

Bag: Banana Republic, Dress: Constant Threads, Heels: Senso

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Kat Tanita is looking lovely in this white kaftan paired with a bright bucket bag!

Dress: Figue, Sandals: Joie, Bag: Mansur Gavriel

Lorna Luxe is wearing a pistachio coloured bucket bag from Modalu

Lorna Luxe is wearing a pistachio coloured bucket bag from Modalu

Bucket Bag Trend: Kenza Zouiten is wearing a snakeskin bucket bag from Whistles

Bucket Bag Trend: Kenza Zouiten is wearing a snakeskin bucket bag from Whistles

Sara Escudero is wearing a bucket drawstring bag from Ralph Lauren

Sara Escudero is wearing a bucket drawstring bag from Ralph Lauren

Jacey Duprie is wearing a leather black Mezzi bucket bag

Jacey Duprie is wearing a leather black Mezzi bucket bagLaura Maxim in skinny leather pants and maxi bucket bag. What is there not to love?

Laura Maxim in skinny leather pants and maxi bucket bag. What is there not to love?

Bucket Bag Fashion Trend: Adriana Gastélum is wearing a camello and rosa coated large bucket bag from Mansur Gavriel

Bucket Bag Fashion Trend: Adriana Gastélum is wearing a camello and rosa coated large bucket bag from Mansur Gavriel

The ultimate in bucket bags by Mansur Gavriel

The ultimate in bucket bags by Mansur Gavriel

Ann Taylor is wearing a tan bucket bag from Land's End

Ann Taylor is wearing a tan bucket bag from Land’s End