|Cross Body Michael Kors|
The bags-of-the-moment are adorable little cross-body bags in the vibrant colors of spring and summer. Another trend is the large, roomy but structured satchel. Yet another popular purse is the tote, which holds the kitchen sink, along with every electronic gadget you could possibly pack. The list of shapes and sizes and colors is endless! I tell my clients yet again to spend on the classics and scrimp on the trends. But, again like shoes, there are some basics that belong in everyone's closet. If you will take care of them, buy the best that you can afford. If you treat your bag like a backpack, though, buy less expensive pieces and you won't feel bad when they give up the ghost.
Every woman should have a good black and a good brown handbag. These are the foundation pieces of a solid "bag wardrobe" and will be used A LOT, so spend here. Buy a classic shape and style that holds your necessities but has room for extras. These two bags should be ones that you can see yourself carrying to go out for dinner - that will ensure that you buy pieces that look good, along with functioning well. You will also need an evening bag and color here depends on your lifestyle. If you go out often, you should invest in a
|Hermes - The Classic Kelly|
Every woman should have a tote bag that goes with you on days when you need "roomy". You know, when you're carrying your stuff along with two bottles of water, a few snacks and an extra pair of shoes for trying on clothes. If you're only going to buy one, I would suggest a fun color that will go with jeans and black pants ( face it, that's what we wear 50% of the time!). Try a red patent leather, a yellow canvas or a denim bag! You'll look sharp without stretching your other bags til they cry "uncle"! You will also need the kind of everyday bag that looks right with jeans, skirts and shorts. I go for camel, stone and grey here, in a satchel shape that has a shoulder strap and carry handles. This is a casual bag so we're not looking for something structured.....more like a soft, floppy bag but this one can be worn summer or winter. The last of the foundation bags is one that goes with your summery dresses and outfits. I suggest a light colored bag here but I stay away from leather.....light leather is easy to stain and looks battered fairly quickly. Canvas and straw are great choices and look modern and pretty in pale blue, natural and cream or white.
Now is when the fun really begins.....when you have your basics and can get a little more
|Pink Hobo - Marc Jacobs|
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