Dark red isn’t a colour that works well for me personally, but I have been giving it a lot of love recently since it was so popular when I posted a selection of fab finds in dark red. Today I am focusing on handbags. This is a great way to wear the colour in a smaller dose and away from your face if you think it doesn’t work well with your complexion. Also, leather seems to work particularly well in dark red.

  • J.Crew Shelby small satchel: This satchel is a good size because it's slightly smaller than a regular satchel which can feel a little big. It's a brilliant shade of deep cherry red. Structured but soft.
  • Anastasia Clutch: A moody maroon clutch adds a sleek angular dimension to your outfit. It also adds a sense of visual ease because it's small, and makes less of a statement than a large bag.
  • Zara Mini Shopper With Pocket: A stiff and structured shopper in bordeaux. It's also quite small, and doubles up as a crossbody.
  • French Connection So Fresh Clutch: If solid dark red is not your thing, throw in a little dark red pattern.
  • Banana Republic Gemma Burgundy Box Clutch: A wine red parcel of patent is as great with a dressy ensemble, as it is with faded and distressed jeans with heels.
  • ARCADIA Italian Patent Leather Satchel: A formal structured satchel that's practical for the office. Fits an iPad.
  • French Connection 'Elite' Hobo: I'm re-recommending this style because it looks and feels like a designer bag at a fraction of the price. A soft and comfortable shoulder bag that holds quite a bit, but lies flat against the body. Semi-structured.

Dark red comes in all sorts of variations, so think cherry, burgundy, bordeaux, maroon, claret and oxblood. Sporting dark red booties is another way to wear the shade in a subtle way, and you’ll see that roundup later this week.