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FASHIONABLE A wide array of trendy bags are available in the market
FASHIONABLE A wide array of trendy bags are available in the market

A range of colourful bags have arrived to jazz up your college-wear

Everything's green again. Leaves are smacked up with dewdrops from the teasing showers. As the sky opens up occasionally with showers of hope and delight, there comes with it a new beginning. With it arrives a new session - another academic year to start afresh a journey towards your goal.As the collegians gear up for their fun-filled college days ahead, markets are flooded with the necessary accessories to lure the youngsters to add a dash of colours to their attires. Topping the list are handbags. From being `just a bag' to lug your essentials, handbags have evolved into becoming a style statement for everyone. Whether as a portable dressing table or a place to stuff your books and diaries, bags have come a long way. From the season's ice blue and lime green to a black, grey and denim blue to go with the jeans, a few with wacky graffiti painted across, in water resistant imported matte, leather as well as cotton - bags of different styles and colours have come with a big bang this season. How many can resist the lure of the latest arrivals made of leather, foam leather, denim and jute, embellished with mirror work, zari work and embroidery? All the big stores in the city have geared up with a range of colourful bags. Smaller roadside shops also offer a wide range of designer replica handbags in the latest fashions! These are affordable and you can jazz up your wardrobe without fretting over the costs.The common trend in bags for college goers are those made of jute and jazzed up with embroidery and artwork. Ranging from Rs.100 to Rs.250, these bags give a cool ethnic look. Popular with the girls, the `jhola' (long and large shoulder bag with long straps often worn across the body), has taken on an ethnic look this time that adds to the feminine grace.A shimmering galaxy of banana fibre stylish bags can be sourced from Prapancha boutique. Mat style bags with zari borders can compliment well with the new indo-western style ruling the fashion charts. Priced at Rs.295, the bright colours and trendy shapes symbolize the exuberant youthful spirit of the college goers.

Batwa

The beaded and embroidered `batwa' - a tiny wristlet bag, is a great party bag and can be a handy accessory to stuff small things. Crafted in silks and canvas, it has an attached wrist loop that makes it convenient to carry. Those with funkier taste can choose from bags embellished with butterflies, decorative brooches and chunky short shoulder chain straps. The coin `batwa' is the latest catch. The glittering silver coins give the bags a whole new look.

Wooden handles

Apart from the ethno-chic look rocking the campus this season, smart wooden handle bags are quite a style statement. "Bags in fluorescent pinks, greens and oranges with stripes are in this season," says Mona of Passions boutique. Canvas bags with adjustable cloth handles and handles in the tri-colour are quite a hit this season, she adds.

Denims

And for that bohemian look, denim bags, faded, out stitched and painted, make a chic come back. They come in smart blue and black colours priced at Rs.325. Hirawats has a range of trendy bags in denims, leathers and the sleek backpacks. The leather bags have a distinct classy look with metallic buckles with different designs. These are priced at Rs. 350. Though unisex leather portfolio bags in brown and tan are in vogue by jet setting executives, exclusive designer lines for working men and women are also available in the market from leading brands.NIVEDITA GANGULY

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