With restrictions set in place left, right, and centre, and the NDP postponed to a later date, National Day celebrations on 9 August this year is going to look a little different. That doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate our country’s independence though, and what better – and safer – way to celebrate than to do it stylishly with your fashion choices?
No, we’re not talking about red-and-white ensembles that you’d only wear once a year. Ahead, AVENUE ONE has handpicked a selection of chic red and white arm candies that you can totally rock beyond National Day. Whether you want something that doesn’t break the bank or an option that is slightly more high-street, we have you covered with our top picks right here.
Affordable red and white bags
1. Pomelo Abstract Print Cloth Baguette Bag
For the ones with bold personalities, this printed bag by Pomelo is certainly one to put on your list.
Adorned with vivid blue and purple florals against the red base, this bag gives us the Chinese New Year vibes and can totally substitute the uncomfortable cheongsam you’re planning to wear at the next CNY reunion.
Plus, it comes in the super trendy baguette shape that will get you standing out from the National Day crowd.
Pomelo Abstract Print Cloth Baguette Bag retails for S$31.20 on Pomelo.
2. Mardi Mercredi Nano Bag
What better way to get with the trends than to buy from the trendiest of them all? Mardi Mercredi is a best-selling Korean fashion brand that’s been seen on Korean starlets like Sunmi, Hyoyeon, and Dawn, just to name a few.
This 100% calfskin leather tote has a unique rectangular silhouette that pairs well with pretty much anything because of its stark white colour — a great fuss-free option for busy, on-the-go days!
Mardi Mercredi Nano Bag retails for S$114.90 on Pomelo.
3. Ted Baker Croton Large Icon Tote Bag
Bringing a contemporary edge to classic styles, Ted Baker does not disappoint with this Croton Large Icon Tote Bag.
Clad in a slightly off-white mock crocodile texture, this tote will make you look effortlessly chic even if you’re carrying the bulkiest items.
In addition, its open top and twin handles make it super easy for you to reach in and grab whatever you need.
Ted Baker Croton Large Icon Tote Bag retails for S$92.99 on ASOS.
4. Adidas Mini Backpack
For a hassle-free schlep across town, why not snag this Adidas Mini Backpack?
Made of TPU film in a striking white colour, this small but mighty accessory has a ton of unexpected space and an inner slot pocket to keep everything organised.
Adidas Mini Backpack retails for S$50.90 on Zalora.
5. Charles & Keith Twist Top Handle Bag
Of course, we have to bring in our very own homegrown fashion brand into this National Day fashion round-up.
Made in a deep burgundy shade that perfectly complements the year-end season, this bag will give you some serious style points with its unique twist top handle design.
Plus, its signature top-handle shape has been seriously trending hard among Chinese netizens — you definitely wouldn’t want to give this a miss!
Charles & Keith Twist Top Handle Bag retails for S$79.90 on Charles & Keith.
Luxe red and white bags
6. Kate Spade New York Small Top Zip Satchel
You can’t go wrong with a Kate Spade satchel, and this one in bright geranium is an effortlessly chic staple that you can bring to the office or carry on a night out.
Kate Spade New York Small Top Zip Satchel retails for S$280 on Zalora.
7. Agnès b. Shoulder Sling Bag
Another red number on our list, this Agnès b. solid-hued boxy leather crossbody is a must-have to carry all your essentials for a hands-free errand run.
It also comes with two inner and back slip pockets to easily slip your phone into so it doesn’t drown in your receipts.
Agnès b. Shoulder Sling Bag retails for S$267 on Zalora.
8. Little Liffner Pebble Leather Shoulder Bag
The latest addition to the label’s best-selling ‘Pebble’ collection, this mini bag is made in Italy from off-leather and has a unique curved shape that will add a bit of edge to your outfit.
Plus, the long strap can easily be adjusted for a shorter drop so you can wear it however you want.
Little Liffner Pebble Leather Shoulder Bag retails for US$159.52 (S$218) on Net-a-Porter.
9. Coach Deep Red Tabby Shoulder Bag 26
A contemporary take on an archival 1970s Coach design, this structured shoulder bag is crafted in Italy from a beautiful mix of pebbled and refined leather.
Featuring two detachable straps that can be carried by hand or worn across the body, this doubles up as a smart everyday bag or a chic shoulder bag for the perfect evening style.
Coach Deep Red Tabby Shoulder Bag 26 retails for approx. S$379.59 (US$278.99) on Jomashop.
10. Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Top Handle M
Longchamp’s Le Pliage is such an O.G must-have for office ladies around the world, and for good reason.
Not only is the bag lightweight and waterproof, but it can also be packed down easily when not in use. Let this red number shine by pairing it with a white buttoned-down shirt.
If it’s essential enough for Meghan Markle a.k.a. the Duchess of Sussex, it will certainly do for us, right?
Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Top Handle M retails for S$309 on Zalora.