Satchel bags can be a little tricky. On the plus side, satchels can give certain people a really cool urban or boho kind of look, and they do leave your arms free, which is always a relief. Designers like Proenza Schouler make beautiful ones and you can get cute ones on the high street that look almost vintage. Mulberry do good ones too.

Try not to look frumpy with a satchel – Dakota Fanning in Proenza Schouler PS1 bag

However, they can also look a little too casual, so you really have to make sure it works with what you’re wearing. If you’re going to a formal event, or are wearing anything A-line, the satchel really won’t work because, in the case of A-line, it will totally crush down the line of your skirt of dress.

You also have to be reasonably small-busted to carry off the satchel as the strap cuts right across your front, squashing you down and giving you three books.This type of bag usually looks better on men.