That's it really. I currently have a black sort of woven leather shoulder bag which is handbag/change bag/holdall at the moment. I wouldn't spend more than around £30 (and I have Debenhams and Tesco vouchers ). What's stylish? (but not too stylish, I'm not a stylish person!)
Yes, everyday, must be very functional! Colour probably black or brown, maybe grey - but then I wouldn't rule out a nice bag on colour grounds, I don't do coordination . Real leather not vital - current one only real due to being an eBay bargain. And size ... well, I usually carry nappies and baby wipes, an umbrella, purse, keys, phone, two glasses cases, a couple of notebooks, some toys, paperwork, junk models ... you get the gist! Current one fits an A4 notepad just and no more.
I was in WHITE STUFF the other day and they have a gorgeous canvas tote bag in khaki, navy and one other colour I can't remember (maybe sand) with real leather handles, long enough to wear over shoulder. Costs £35. Really stylish and roomy. Nearly bought it on the spot but had lots of bills etc coming out so will get it ASAP.
Thanks again for these ideas. Having looked, I've a better idea of what I want I think. The satchel or messenger thing isn't so handy - I like that I don't have to zip up my current bag if it's too full, and I can rummage in it without taking it off my shoulder, so something with a top opening would be best. Sorry, I just hadn't thought about that til now.
I had a look in New Look and Internacionale last week and everything looks very patenty and cheap. That may well be my budget and choice of shop, of course, but it seems to be the trend just now. Like the sound of the white stuff one, will try and seek that out.
Is it? Oops. Hoped it was quite inoffensive . This is why I need help to even buy a basic bag
I quite like that one but to me brown and black look a bit odd together (but I do know absolutely nothing about such things!), but having said that it does look very practical, so I might order it up and see.