To Have and to Hold
This season's latest handbags inspire a variety of ways to hold them while carrying the essentials
A Firm Grip (above)
Working well with more relaxed handbag shapes, clutching close to the chest mimics the elegant clutch of dramatic coat lapels in winter.
Small bags with short straps work well perched on the inside of your elbow for a nod to old school elegance.
The Cross Body
A detachable strap provides an easy and secure way to carry handbags. This Gucci number works particularly well worn across the body for a youthful interpretation on more traditional shapes.
Gucci mini shopper, $2310, from DFS Galleria. Kowtow skivvy $85. Julian Danger jacket $475.
Over the Shoulder
A classic handbag with a generous strap works well simply flung over the shoulder. Pair an interesting chain detail with a classic leather jacket for the perfect play on textures.
Like an oversized clutch, tucking your handbag under your arms gives you two hands free to quickly check messages and for general multi-tasking.
Bag to Body
Large totes and squishy bags carried close to the body signify a mood that's nonchalant and thoroughly modern.
Coach handbag, $605, from DFS Galleria. Gregory coat $899. Kate Sylvester pants $385.
Pictures: Babiche Martens. Fashion Editor: Dan Ahwa. Makeup: Kiekie Stanners for M.A.C Cosmetics. Hair: Matt Benns from Stephen Marr Salon using Kevin Murphy. Model: Jade Woods from Unique Model Management. Stylist's assistant: Anna Lee. Makeup assistant: Sam Dalzell.