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Fun or functional? Size matters when it comes to this season's arm candy, says Katie Wright.

Doannee white basket woven handbag, £70, Dune

Woven mini tote, £30, Therapy at House of Fraser

Mini circle straw bag, £26, Next

Do you want a massive tote that can hold practically everything you own (because you never know when you might need dry shampoo, wet wipes or a European adaptor, right?) or do you want a tiny purse that won't get in the way when you're gallivanting around town?

Surveying this season's bag trends, they fall firmly in one of the two camps. But when you see how desirable they are, you might want to reverse your approach to these accessories, especially because you can now get the coolest catwalk looks on the high street for a lot less.

Which is the one for you? Find out with our guide to spring's best bags.

While leather and metallic hardware usually dominate on the catwalks, for SS18 we saw the emergence of sweet, Seventies-style bags at Miu Miu, Giorgio Armani and even Alexander Wang (the latter in black, of course). Ideal if you're going to be wearing lots of floaty boho frocks and retro denim this season, take your high street pick from literal basket bags or woven totes in summery hues.

Bucket bags have been around for a few years now, but they've had a bit of a makeover for spring, with bright jewel tones seen at Emporio Armani and candy-striped box bags at Carolina Herrera. Forget about slouchy sacks, now it's all about chic cylindrical bucket bags, in neutral tones with minimal detailing.

Barely bigger than a fist, evening bags were seriously shrunken in the SS18 collections, from Fendi's adorable top-handle miniatures, to Chanel's egg-like hardcase bags. You might think micro bags are only suitable for after dark - and certainly a tiny sparkly purse is a great cocktail companion - but a small crossbody bag looks great by day (as long as you can survive with just keys, cash card and phone).

basket bags

micro bags

bucket bags

bum bags

Personalised pillar box bag, £65, Lover of Luxed

Orchid bini bag, £98, Matt & Nat

Sea Sack, £44.95, Adidas

Trixie mini glitter shoulder bag, £18, Simply Be

Micro mini 80s chain strap bag, £11 (reduced from £22), V by Very

Michaela mini camera bag, £25, Monsoon

Otto quilted bumbag, £22, Accessorize

Studded belt bag, £18, Miss Selfridge

Flava chainmail bumbag, £24, Topshop

T-shirt, £25, jeans, £45, bag, £26, Oasis

More designers than ever jumped on the bumbag bandwagon this season, with Balenciaga, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang all showing the hands-free pouches (many of them worn across the chest rather than around the waist). If you want the practicality of a bumbag but don't like the sporty throwback style, try a structured belt bag instead - a black leather version chimes in with the season's cowgirl trend well.

Laser-cut bucket bag, £39.99, TK Maxx

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