Welcome to the wonderful new world of on-line handbag shopping. Bags are no longer the standard one-colour, hand-held clutch that merely blend into your outfit. Instead, these days, there are literally thousands of options to get excited over.

The right bag can give your outfit that extra touch of glam and tick the on-trend box. With so many choices, my eyes are bag-shaped from viewing, what felt like, 9187398127 of them.

Below is a list of some of my favourite bag trends and a whole lot of visual inspo (and I say inspo, as some of these are quite expensive…you don’t want to have to sell your kidneys). So next time you’re planning your race day outfit, check these out to see if a trend suits and how it can add to your look.

Tortoise Shell

Tortoise shell is a hot trend this season, especially in bags. It can easily be tied in to your outfit with your earrings. You can choose a full tortoise shell bag, or an accent, like a handle.

tortoise shell recangular clutch

1: CULT GAIA Cora mini acrylic tote $229.46. 2: ASOS EDITION tortoise shell box bag $120.

tortoise shell round clutch

CULT GAIA Devora acrylic tote $457.99

1: Reclaimed Vintage inspired bag with tort handle $39. 2: ASOS DESIGN plastic & tort grab handle bag with frame clutch inner $30.

STAUD Bissett leather and tortoiseshell acrylic bucket bag $488.52.

1: Carey Bag $99.95. 2: MONTUNAS Stelis tortoiseshell acetate and silk-satin tote $450.59.

Clear Bags

Another super on trend element is having clear features, especially in bags and heels. These trending clear bags often have a coloured insert, which is fun to play around with and can tie in with other features of your outfit.

1: STAUD Frida PVC and croc-effect leather tote $290.52. 2: Bershka top handle bag with inner pouch in clear $50.

1: STAUD Bissett PVC and patent-leather bucket bag