5 Handbags Every Woman Must Have | Clozette

(cover photo from CrystalPhuong)

Finding the perfect bag is like finding the perfect pair of jeans — there are so many brands, colours, and cuts to choose from, but once you do find ‘the one’, you'll never let it go. A handbag is essential to any woman, be it for school, or work, or just casually running to the bank.

It can define you, make or break your outfit, and the most important thing of all, hold all the things your two hands can’t. So if you’re still on a perfect-bag-hunting-journey, keep reading below for the five different handbags that every woman must have -- guiding you on what you should be investing on, and what you should ignore.


Roomy Tote

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This is basically the perfect all-around bag. You can use it for work, going on vacation, sleepovers, for dinner, and so much more. Its simple frame and classic elegance make this a must-have for all women out there. Neutral colors are best for tote bags since they can be used for a lot of different occasions and need to match a lot of looks.

Structured Satchel

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We like to call the satchel the “power bag” because of its gorgeous build that looks like it can withstand anything! This bag comes in numerous shapes and sizes and can have as much room as a tote bag, or as little as a clutch; and can also be used for a bunch of occasions, be it formal or casual. But what makes this style stand out is how it pulls a look together — it has the power to turn any dull outfit into a lively, fashion-forward one!

Tiny Clutch

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For evenings out, a clutch is a must because when you’re having fun with your friends or family, you can’t always be bothered with a huge bag. The perfect clutch must have enough space to hold essentials such as tissue, cash, cards, blotting sheets, and a few makeup products you’ll need for touch-ups! Another thing the perfect clutch must possess? It should also be appropriate for day time! Once you find the perfect balance between an evening clutch and a daytime clutch, we guarantee you'll use it all the time!

Bohemian Bucket Bag

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If you’re not into stiff, square handbags, then the bucket bag is for you. This round bag, similar in features to the hobo bag, has so much room to carry all your essentials that it can hold your wallet, makeup bag, cellphone, and DSLR camera! Talk about having too much (awesome) space!

Stylish Crossbody

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Want to go crazy with colours and prints? Then the crossbody is the perfect bag to do it with! Available in an array of sizes and colours, the crossbody is suitable for casual outings, lunches, and so much more! Another perfect all-arounder, you can wear this purse with any outfit you can think of, to any occasion you can think off. They look gorgeous for the day and night time because of its size, style, and shape! They’re not too big and they don’t look too casual, making this a closet staple for years to come!


Which bag is your favourite? Let us know in the comment section below!



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The 1970's made a huge comeback this year, ending the reign of skinny jeans, as well as allowing more people to rock Coachella-esque outfits, outside of Coachella. Turtle necks, flared pants, suede in everything, these are just some of the trends that every one is rocking right now.

Wearing these in warm weather, or in a tropical country, is easier said than done. We don’t have four seasons, our air is extremely humid, and it’s just not practical for us. But we know that won’t stop us. And there are always ways to tailor fashion trends to one’s needs.

So if you come from a tropical country, or it’s not just fall/winter in your area right now, here are five ways you can rock the 70's trend without breaking a sweat!


Go Bohemian Chic

(photo from CocoMercy)

The 1970’s hippie culture was all about natural makeup (or no makeup at all) with light clothing and flowers. Today, there’s a reason people sport this look at music festivals during the summer — it’s because they’re comfortable and fashionable!

So, if the temps in your area are 25 degrees and above, things you can rock to bring out your inner flower child are platform sandals, disheveled hair, maxi dresses and skirts, rugged flared jeans, crop tops, and gorgeous shades, and you will look like you just stepped off of a time machine!

Rock Denim Skirts

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Some may argue that this was a 1990's or 2000's thing, but they’re wrong. Denim skirts all began in the disco age. These are perfect for warm weather, no matter how short or long they are because they won’t hug your legs like skinny jeans, and they don’t retain heat like leather or cashmere.

Rock a gorgeous denim mini paired with a crop top and sandals, and you have the perfect throwback OOTD that can be dressed up or down!

Opt For Suede Bags

(photo from StilettoesDiva)

With possibly every item of clothing being turning into suede, it’s easy to fall into this leathery madness. Suede is a type of leather that was very popular during the 70's, but it’s just not warm weather appropriate! Not only will it retain heat in your body, but if you begin to sweat, stains are bound to happen that will be hard to get off.

So if you don’t want messy and disgusting sweat stains on your good leather pieces, a suede bag is the way to go. Numerous brands are coming out with them now from wallets to satchels! These leather purses can be worn with any outfit, making it a closet staple for many seasons to come.

Strut In Platforms

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Boots were the star of the 70's, but really? Wearing boots in warm weather is a little ridiculous. Luckily, you can still chuck away your stilettos and wedges because it’s all about the platforms now. These thick cut, killer heels will add an insane amount of height to your look, and it won’t hurt your feet as much! — the thicker heel will be able to distribute your weight on your feet more, instead of just concentrating on one area. These shoes come in array of designs and finishes that will perfectly match any outfit under the Sun.

Throwback With High Collar Dresses

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Taking inspiration from the 1960's with its A-line structure, high collared dresses are perfect for tropical countries because of its breathability and the fact that it won’t choke you like a turtle neck would. These fabulous dresses can be taken from day to night with a change of shoes and they’re very easy to pair with as most come in neutral colours such as nude, black, and maroon!


Got any more tips and tricks for rocking the 70's trend in warm weather? Let us know in the comment section below!



Starting your own business at a young age, with no experience whatsoever and every one telling you it’s not feasible, is risky. And that’s exactly what the young founders of HollerMall did — they ignored all the negativity, persevered, and worked hard to materialise their dream. And this past Saturday, they had their grand opening at Paranaque City, Philippines where guests, bloggers, and our very own Clozette Ambassadors Klaopin, AaliyahBenisano, iamaly, and NellCabanban got to shop from a vast collection of brands, ranging from fashion to lifestyle!

HollerMall, home to 44 online-based brands in the Philippines, aims to finally allow shoppers to immerse themselves in a wide range of labels under just one roof, making it easier and faster!

Co-founders Chesca de Mesa and Maelyn Hung

So how did founders Chesca de Mesa and Maelyn Hung do it? For all you entrepreneurs who want to learn the secret to their success, we caught up with them during the grand opening and got an exclusive interview on how they turned their dream into a reality!


How did the idea [of Hollermall] come to you?

Maeylyn: We started as course mates, we both were in the same org — Industrial Design and Society — then after we graduated, because I had an online shop before, I saw that there was a need for this kind of service. Which is collaborative marketing; we do all the dirty work for you if you want to start your own business, especially for the fashion industry.

It’s so hard to start an online shop especially when there are so many competitors. So what we did is we envisioned to help other online emerging brands grow. 
Chesca: Then, we also wanted to create a community for everyone who loves fashion, beauty, etc. So our business actually started because we saw problems when people buy online — like damages, [issues with] quantity, and quality.

Maelyn: Our main concept is we want to help small and medium enterprises through collaboration.

How many brands are hosted right now?

Chesca: As of now, we have 44.

Do you have a criteria when choosing which brands to take in?

Chesca: At first, we didn’t even filter anything.

Maelyn: But we decided that we wanted to help other brands as well, so we’re going to have adjustments so that we can cater to everyone. Our business [motto] is actually, “You grow first, before us.”

How did you come up with the name ‘HollerMall’?

Chesca: As Maelyn said a while ago, she had an online store named “Hype,” so she wanted to rename it to something that started with the letter ‘H’ too. We were joking around and then we came up with “holler”! 

As entrepreneurs, what’s the biggest challenge you’ve had?

Chesca: The biggest challenge is how fast fashion trends come and go, so we have to move fast too.

Maelyn: So when we work, we really work fast. And if we have an idea, we try to execute it as fast as we can. We need to implement the idea…

Chesca: We don’t care about the data as of now. If it doesn’t work, change it again.

Do you have any tips for people who want to start their own business?

Chesca: Actually we attend startup business seminars, which is like a big community filled with startup companies.

Maelyn: Our tip for entrepreneurs is to always keep yourself inspired and to do your own thing. If someone tells you it’s not a good idea, who the hell cares, just do it! Because you never know, it might click [with the people], and if it doesn’t, come up with ways for it to work.

Chesca: Join other startup business communities as well because that’s where you get to learn. You’ll find out their strategies and challenges, and you’ll learn from their experiences too.

Maelyn: Since you’re all startup companies, in a way, you’re helping each other too. And again, always keep yourselves inspired.

How do you deal with competitors with the same concept?

Maelyn: We’re not bothered by it because we see competition as an opportunity for growth. If they have these brands, that’s okay with us because that means the community is growing, you see that there is a demand [for this type of business]. What we’re doing is in a way, supporting the community. So if you were to start your own online shop, it would be easy because these types of businesses exist. Even if it’s just for part-time.

Chesca: Because a lot of online shop owners are only part-time.

Maelyn: We envision a place where you really work for yourself. Instead of working for a big company, why not start your own, right? And we’ll help you with it too. We want our services, as much as possible, to be affordable; we want to cater to all your needs, and if you need tools we have it. Like if you need to do product shots, we have a studio that we can lend you. We want to build a strong support system for the fashion industry.


Which brands are you excited to shop from at HollerMall? Let us know in the comment section below!

HollerMall is located at 32 Aguirre Avenue, Barangay BF Homes, Paranaque City, Philippines