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…
I’m usually drawn to classic bag shapes: the satchel, the tote, the messenger, the piranha. Yep, you read that right. The quilted pirhana is totally a classic in its own right. [$78, ASOS]
In the summer it’s all about keeping things light and carefree, so there’s nothing more annoying than lugging around a huge bag. Of course, a tiny clutch is equally annoying, if not more so — if something is not physically bound to me with a strap or handle, I will lose it. I promise. There’s also the question of what you need to fit into it: my list is pretty minimal, but it’s still more than I can squeeze into a tiny shoulder bag. The right bag must have enough room for my phone, my keys, sunglasses, a pack of Wet Wipes (yep), a compact, the obligatory 3-5 beauty products and, well, anything else I might want to throw in it. It’s a bit of a conundrum — small enough to not be annoying, yet big enough for all of my necessities. I know I’m not alone; this is a plight that all women must face come summertime. Fortunately for the rest of you, I’ve done all the dirty work and found 10 petite, perfectly-sized purses at a range of prices.
I love buying handbags, so I often find myself with a huge pile of purses and a lack of uses for them. My friends who aren’t so into handbags often try to make one bag work for everything, which means they’re cramming their laptop and gym socks into their shoulder bag. Since both ends of the spectrum could use some help, I’ve compiled a list of the five essential bags you need for a complete and functional handbag wardrobe. Click through to check ‘em out…