Back to school fashion ~ the satchel

The school holidays are due to start next week and that means an abundance of ‘back to school’ goodies in the shops. Is it just me that gets excited about the idea of new pencil cases (I got mine last week!) and plimsolls? I really rather enjoy the fact that multi-packs of polo shirts are now hanging where BBQs and sun-loungers were being sold in the shops only last week. The holidays haven’t even started and already we’re preparing for them to end! In fact, that’s how it always felt as a child – here it comes… and there it goes! – the summer holidays went by in a flash. 6 weeks stretched out ahead of me, but in no time at all I would be browsing ‘back-to-school’ catalogues for new school shoes. Anyway, the impending summer holidays had got me thinking about school-uniform-esque fashion (I really like those pleated skirts!) and a trend that I feel I’ve missed out on so far: satchels.

This trend has popped up over the past 18 months. It began as a rather high-end high-street fashion item with the Cambridge Satchel Company and all the stars were carrying them. I loved the neon range and drooled over Fearne Cotton’s luminous yellow hold-all.

high street satchels fashion trend

Alexa, Fearne and Elle Fanning rocking the satchel trend in The Telegraph

Ever since, there have been more and more satchels of all different colours and sizes hitting the high-street stores and everywhere I look there’s a cheapy look-a-like on sale for pocket-money prices. I’m not saying that I won’t by cheap bags – I am the queen of thrift after all! – but there were just so many of them and everyone was carrying one, that I was rather put off buying one. Was it too on trend for me? Was I “so over” satchels before I’d even bought one? Perhaps you feel the same? Please let me know that I’m not the only one!

Well, now that the new school year is approaching and my thoughts have turned back to all things school, I’ve taken a look at satchels with a fresh eye and I’ve been surprised by what I’ve seen. In fact, it was this collection of satchels in interesting colours and prints that caught my attention on the Nigel O’Hara website and I found myself yearning for a satchel once again.

on trend yoshi satchel handbags from nigel o hara

My absolute favourite is this house print satchel because it looks like a picture you might have doodled onto your school bag yourself during a dull maths lesson, plus the layers of streets reminds me of living on a hill in Brighton seeing all the rows of terraces in the distance. I also can’t help loving the New York skyline bag by Yoshi which looks like a traditional satchel, but the printed photo on the pocket brings it right up to date. What do you think of these new designs? Does it make you want to go back to school yourself?? Let me know what you think and tweet me @Cassiefairy photos of your own back-to-school goodies 🙂

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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