Team Who What Wear may only have distant memories of being students, but whatever our age, January will always usher in those post-Christmas, back-to-school feelings. We still crave the thrill of a new-year wardrobe (mostly to distract us from the winter blues) and the orderly satisfaction of a freshly stocked pencil case, although these days it's more the smell of a new leather bag that sets our hearts racing. Thanks to the Great British high street, there are plenty of affordable bag styles available for the discerning shopper, many of which could be mistaken for their high-end counterparts.
This season's offering feels decidedly retro, with plenty of mock-croc, tortoiseshell, baguettes and structured silhouettes dominating the autumn collections. Our favourites include Mango's sage crossbody (totally set to be the colour of the season), COS's black belt bag (a must-have addition to a jumpsuit) and Topshop's link shoulder bag, which looks like it could've been transported straight from the arm of Mossy circa 1995. What more could you want?
Scroll down to discover the coolest bags available on the high street now.
Shop the High-Street Bag Edit
A baguette is never a bad idea.
The sage-green hue of this Charles & Keith bag is so 2019.
Give me mock croc, but make it fire-engine red.
A bucket bag at a pocket-friendly price point.
The tortoiseshell detailing on this is so chic.
An essential addition to a simple cream knit.
This will offer a retro spin to any outfit.
Butter-soft nude leather + gold-tone chain = high-street heaven.
A dreamy addition to any night-out outfit.
On-trend snake print meets roomy practicality.
Small yet perfectly formed.
The simplicity of this Zara bag is so satisfying.
One of the Who What Wear team owns this bag.
Channel your inner child with this beaded bag.
A tweed-clad classic.
We've seen on many an influencer's feed.
A white bag is the latest must-have for our accessory capsule collection.
Take this on holiday and wear with a '50-inspired midi skirt.