As the flowers start to bloom and the weather warms up our calendars start to fill up with a variety of events from the races, weddings to summer gatherings with friends and formal parties.
But with so many different events to attend, it can be challenging to know what to wear and which handbag to carry. That's why we've created a style guide to help you find the perfect handbag for any occasion.
Prepare to be dazzled by our vibrant colour palettes and chic designs that will make you the queen of any occasion. Get ready for compliments to come your way!
Aintree Races - The Grand National
Thursday 13th - Saturday 15th April
While the dress code for the Grand National is not too strict, it's a popular occasion for dressing up, particularly on Ladies Day. This event attracts women from far and wide who want to showcase their fashion sense. Formal dresses or jumpsuits are the most popular choices for women, and many opt to complete their outfit with a jacket, which is a wise choice given the unpredictable April weather. Aintree is also known for its extravagant hats, making them an essential accessory to complete the perfect race-day outfit.
A classic handbag that is big enough to carry your essentials, such as our Sabrina top handle bag, is the perfect choice. It is made from high-quality leather in over 20 colours and has a spacious interior that will fit all your race-day essentials.
Chelsea Flower Show
Monday 22nd - Saturday 27th May
The RHS Flower Show at Chelsea is one of the most prestigious events in the horticultural world. While there is no official dress code, the atmosphere is formal and sophisticated. Our Julia bag with chain shoulder strap is the perfect accessory to complete your elegant look. It is compact enough to carry all your essentials, and the sleek design will complement any outfit.
Celebrate the coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as the king and queen of the United Kingdom, and kick off your summer parties this year. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 6th, 2023, at Westminster Abbey, providing the perfect opportunity to dress up and enjoy the bank holiday with loved ones.
One of the trickiest fashion dilemmas during summer is deciding what to wear to a garden party. From choosing the right level of formality to selecting the appropriate footwear that won't sink into the grass, it can be challenging to navigate. Moreover, the unpredictable British summer weather can add another layer of complexity. Regardless of the occasion, a handbag is always an essential accessory that will complete your look. From casual BBQs to glamorous soirées, make sure to choose a suitable handbag to complement your outfit.
Our mini Julia bag is the perfect accessory for a summer party. It is compact and lightweight, and you can wear it comfortably while mingling with other guests. It also comes in a variety of colours, so you can choose one that complements your outfit.
Royal Ascot Races
Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 24th June
The Royal Ascot Races is a world-renowned event famous for its strict dress code. Women are required to wear formal daywear, and hats or fascinators are a must. At SageBrown, we recommend our best-selling Betty bag for this occasion. Available in over 18 colours, its elegant and timeless design complements any outfit, and adds a pop of colour to ensure heads are turned!
Henley Royal Regatta
Tuesday 27th June - Saturday 2nd July
Established in 1839 the Henley Royal Regatta is a sporting event with a history steeped in tradition. The quintessentially British event is undoubtedly the best-known regatta in the world and a highlight of both the summer sporting calendar and social season.
Traditional dress is encouraged so for women a summer dress or a skirt and blouse combination is a popular choice. Many well-heeled spectators opt for nautical references in their attire, which means navy, turquoise blues and whites Avoid anything too revealing or casual, as the event is formal. Accessorise with a sun hat or fascinator, and wear comfortable but stylish shoes as you may be walking on grassy areas. Don't forget to choose a suitable handbag to complete your outfit, such as our Heidi bamboo handle bag.
Monday 3rd - Sunday 16th July
Wimbledon Tennis is a renowned event where spectators are encouraged to dress smartly. Although there is no strict dress code, it's important to consider the unpredictable British weather. Women can opt for a summer dress with a light jacket and sunglasses. Hats are not recommended as they can block the view of those sitting behind you. Make a statement with stylish accessories to complete your elegant look, and don't forget a stylish handbag like our Victoria bag with a chain shoulder strap. It's perfect for carrying all your essentials while keeping your hands free.
When attending a formal wedding, it's essential to choose an elegant and sophisticated handbag that complements your outfit. Our luxury leather mini morgan bag is the perfect choice for this occasion. It is made from premium leather with a croc skin texture and the timeless design will never go out of style. It is also spacious enough to carry all your essentials, so you can enjoy the wedding festivities without worrying about your belongings.
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If you're attending an informal wedding, you can choose a more relaxed handbag. Our Leather Rebecca bag is the perfect accessory for this occasion. It is stylish and practical, and the chain strap allows you to wear it as a crossbody or shoulder bag. It also comes in a variety of colours, so you can choose one that complements your outfit.
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If you're attending a wedding on the beach, you must reconsider your typical approach to dressing for formal occasions. It's essential to avoid appearing overly formal in this environment. As the goal of a beach wedding is to create a relaxed ambiance, it's important to keep that in mind. To achieve this, consider wearing an elegant and timeless jumpsuit or slip dress, which will also serve as a versatile addition to your wardrobe. Pair it with stylish wedge sandals and a cute, compact top handle bag. Our mini Burnett is an ideal accessory for this event, as it has ample space to accommodate all your necessities, and the adjustable strap ensure comfortable wearing. Additionally, its sophisticated and fashionable design will complement any ensemble after the event too.
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Make sure to consider the rest of your social calendar, as all of these bag styles can be re-worn to other social events for this year and next !