The (affordable) ‘it’ bag of the season – the metal handle bag

As I’ve mentioned before I love instagram for the inspiration however it does set some pretty unrealistic expectations. Every week I see one of my favourite bloggers with a new designer handbag and the reality is… for us ‘normies’ it’s totally unrealistic. Hands up who owns a Gucci Dionysus? *crickets fill the silence* How about a Chanel bag? *crickets start up again* How about a bag under £50? Now we are talking… I can see some hands up finally!

metal handle bag
metal handle bag

Metal Handle Bag | Loafers | Leather Jacket | Scarf | Cos Trousers (old) 

As I’ve mentioned a few times I neither have the capacity in my tiny London flat or the bank balance to be particularly ‘on trend’  so I prefer to update smaller items when a new season comes around. This season it became clear that metal handle bags were going to be a key season piece.

Even those bloggers with numerous designer bags were picking up Zara, Mango and Forever 21 numbers in this style. I knew that a metal handle bag would be a cheap and easy way to update my wardrobe – with the added benefit that it could be worn with anything. I did a bit of research and the most affordable bag in the style that I liked (and wasn’t sold out) was this one from Forever 21. The quality isn’t great but not surprising for under £30, it’s not a bad size it fits in all the essential minus my DSLR & the handles are good and sturdy.

metal handle bag

I would say that Zara and Mango are always a great place to start but I actually ended up paying £18 for this Forever 21 number because I signed up to the newsletter for a discount and got £5 off my purchase.

metal handle bag
metal handle bag


  1. November 6, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    All the designer handbags on Instagram drive me crazy, how can one girl afford all those £500/600/700 bags. This little one is very cute, good price too
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    • Lisette @ Spoke + Co
      November 7, 2016 / 10:13 am

      It’s totally mind boggling! Even people I wouldn’t expect to be concerned with designer bags.. now have Gucci’s coming out of their eyeballs 🙁 It’s amazing that they are making a career out of their blogs/instagrams but it feels like it’s no longer attainable which is a shame x