I really, really don’t need to add another bag to my collection, but an exception may need to be made for a bucket purse. Carrying one, especially in a rich tan or burgundy color, with a crossbody strap, gives such solid Francoise Hardy vibes. Who doesn’t want that?
On the somewhat rare occasion that I emerge from my life as a shut-in and go out to, you know, a bar or a party at night, I do everything in my power to bring as little as possible with me. In an ideal world, I would not carry a purse at all, but pockets on women’s clothes are not usually big enough to comfortably accommodate an iPhone, lipstick, keys and my debit card. Usually I’m stuck carrying a clutch, but that means I spent a not insignificant portion of my evening worrying that I’ll set it down and forget about it. Also, having a purse tucked into my armpit makes it very hard for me to gesture wildly with my arms, and when I go out and socialize, I tend to want to do that a lot. The solution? A small crossbody bag is hands-free and stays on your person, so you don’t risk losing it. Gesture away with these 14 options…
Headed out on the town this New Year’s Eve? Keep your essentials — keys, credit card, lipstick and cell phone — safe in one of these fancy-pants evening box clutches. No longer just for teenagers headed to prom or celebs walking an award show red carpet, these metallic, sparkly and jeweled little purses will give any party look a little extra oomph.
It may be subconscious, but what if we told you that the way you hold your bag can tell us a little something about you? Unless you’re the type to carry your wallet in your pocket and your keys off your belt loops, your bag probably contains some of your most important items (including, for some of us, the bag itself — have you seen the sticker price on a Céline tote lately?). And how you choose to house your possessions, tote it around, and keep it on you reveals a little about your own personality.
So, we tapped body-language expert Patti Wood to shed a little insight onto what it all means. Now, take a look down. What are you telling the world? Read more…
Just one look at this gorgeous wool and leather satchel has me chomping at the bit for a weekend road trip. I’ll wear a baggy sweater and gaze out the window at the blur of colorful leaves, and I don’t even care where the destination is, as long as there’s hot chocolate. Aaaahhh, fall, I’ve missed you so. [$98, Pendleton]
It doesn’t take much to brainwash me into buying something both exorbitantly expensive and totally unnecessary (see: anything that Anthropologie has ever sold), but I’ve finally found a ridiculous designer item that I don’t feel at all compelled to put in my cart!
Meet Jil Sander’s glorified brown paper bag. This sartorial innovation, otherwise known as “the next big thing,” is made from coated paper with some visible stitching, a couple of eyelets, and, of course, the requisite brand name printed at the bottom just to remind you that you are in fact carrying a $290 paper bag. And can you believe the guy at the bodega has been handing these things out for free all this time? [Gawker, Daily Mail]
If you were going to spend over $20,000 on a single one-of-a-kind handbag, what would it look like? Would it be frankly not all that great, like the $23,980 Farbod Barsum tote Christina Hendricks is carrying? See, that is the face of buyer’s remorse. She’s clearly grieving the two Birkins she could have bought for the price of that one fugly bag! [Celebitchy]
I’ve been totally jonesing for a bright bag for fall, but don’t want to blow my wad on something I might not be so psyched about in a year. (A bright green purse, after all, is not necessarily as eternally stylish as one in brown or black.) That’s why I’m loving the look of this bright kelly green shoulder bag from Ici — the matte, pebbled finish looks pretty authentic considering its affordability, and the gold hardware adds a luxe-so-long-as-my-glasses-are-off touch. For under $50, I’m seeing green! [$43, Ici Fashion]
When it comes to purses, the sensible thing to do is to buy a neutral bag that goes with everything, but hey, who says bright florals aren’t a neutral? Okay, okay, maybe these purses aren’t the most versatile or understated, but they will definitely provide a sartorial exclamation point for your outfit. Try mixing them with other prints like stripes or polka dots for a trendy summer look. Click through to check out 10 of our favorite floral purses…