The Journal
24th July 2017

4 WAYS TO WEAR THE SUMMER SADDLE BAG

Womens Green Saddle Bag

And what it says about your personality….

How you hold your bag speaks volumes about your personality and the mood that you are in. The equestrian-inspired saddle bag was traditionally worn either slung to the side of a horse’s saddle or over its back, behind the saddle.

We look at 4 ways to wear this season’s must-have saddle bag and what how you wear it says about you.

CLUTCH COUTURE

Treat your saddle bag like a clutch bag, where you can show off the other ultimate summer accessory, your nail colour – which has to be one of Essie’s summer 2017 sweet pastel shades, like ‘fondant of you’ or ‘sweet soufflé’.

The saddle bag is one of the most comfortably designed fashion bags around, but that doesn’t mean it can’t make a style statement. In by-passing the comfortable strap, and using it as a clutch, you send a strong style statement.

Remove the strap entirely, for a bold and dressy statement or simply let the strap hang, part wrapped around the bag or your wrist, for a more relaxed style.

CROSS BODY CASUAL

Time to get comfortable and practical. So you’re sightseeing, festival-going or to-and-froing with work. You perhaps need to carry a bit more than usual, guide book and camera maybe, and want to be hands-free to peruse Ibiza’s Hippie Market or set up Instagram snaps of monasteries in Portugal.

Sling a soft, wide-strapped, saddle bag across you for the ultimate in off-duty, weekend chic. Wear your saddle bag on your hip for laid-back chic and wear it in front of your body for shy days where you’re happy to blend in with the holiday crowds.

The way you can wear a saddle bag cross-body doesn’t stop there – wear it low slung with flats or with a shortened strap, tucked into the armpit as your ultimate protector, ready to release lipstick, cash cards, mobile and sunglasses with a quick flick of the wrist.

SHOULDER STYLE

Wear the strap not too long and on one shoulder for the ultimate in elegant, 1940s silver screen glamour. We’re thinking silk shirt, sleeves rolled up, and ankle-grazing culottes or skirt. The bulk and equine heritage of the saddle bag gives this look day-time appeal.

Summer 2017 is all about tonal looks, think an effortless palette of crisp whites and soft creams, with a rich, glossy tan leather saddle bag as the main feature. Worn on one shoulder, clothing with pockets work superbly and complete the authoritative statement of wearing the saddle bag draped from one shoulder. Equally, the strap can be shorted and worn in the crook of the elbow, as this saddle bag look is elegant and classy.

SWING IT

If you walk with a beat in your ears and thoughts of a far-away island, swing your saddle bag, showing off your carefree style. Think a toddler first carrying her mum’s handbag. There is an innocence to this look that will charm the socks of style observers. For this look fold the strap in half, creating a loop, and it will swing at your ankles in all its glory.

Some of the summer bag trends that we will not be backing are the ‘open bag’ look or the slinging of multiple bag from your shoulder, style. Keep is simple and chic we say!

We’d love to see how you wear your Summer Saddle Bag, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Plus, don’t forget 15 % off with the code ‘SUMMER17’ *offer ends 31st July 2017