I believe in the power of women and I have been super lucky to see my girl gang grow like crazy over the past year, which means I my shopping list got a little out of control. But let’s be honest: it’s more fun to shop for bags, shoes and the perfect gift card than anything I would have found for my husband. I’ve had my gifts locked down for a while, but if you want to get into the spirit here are a few little last-minute ideas I’m betting your friends will fall for.
KENZO eye-motif clutch, $152
ANYA HINDMARCH heart coin purse, $$110
Santi Oval Gem Clutch , $195
Alice + Olivia Regina Stacey Face Zip Card Case, $115
Living coral who? Don’t get me wrong, I love a good color trend report as much as the next girl, but a single color to define the entire year? Give me a break. The problem with a lone color of the year is that it just doesn’t work for everyone. For me, coral represents my entire early college era. I thought it was the end all and be all of colors. Skirts; check. Blouses; check. Lipstick; triple check. I’m still trying to cure my coral hangover.
And that’s why I’m so excited about the waves of red bags crashing onto the scene. Thank goodness the coral craze isn’t coming over the fashion horizon just yet. It might not feel very traditional, but I really do think that there’s no better color for spring than red. It’s bright, matches just about everything, and can carry any theme (including my favorite warm weather outfit inspiration: prep on deck.) Classic colors are always en vogue.
Chloé The C Leather Shoulder Bag, $1,190
Valentino Garavani The Rockstud Spike Small Quilted shoulder bag, $2,295
Fashion month is still in full swing, but now that we’ve had a minute to digest everything that New York Fashion Week threw at us it’s time to discuss the most important detail; the bags. Accessories played a huge role in some of my favorite shows this season because, as I think we can all agree, the bag is the best bit.
Oscar de la Renta
My absolute favorites were updated takes on the classics (Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, and The Row did this beautifully,) but I’m also obsessing over some of the wilder offerings. Susan Alexandra’s beaded bags fulfilled all of my 90s kid dreams, while Michael Kors’ feathered bag and Staud’s white number were just plain fun.
You’ve got to love a designer that can give you both classic and fun in the same runway – this season that designer was Gabriela Hearst. A super sleek green crocodile piece and her charming accordion bags were standouts.
3.1 Philip Lim and Tory Burch round out my favorites of the season with texture to die for.
3.1 Phillip Lim
While we’re talking runway, Seis Marjan not only delivered the most glittering show of the week, but an equally sparkling collection to match.
I’m back for part two with Walmart’s We Dress America campaign!
In my first post, I styled a pair of white denim with bright yellow and pink. Today, I’m rocking the nautical theme with a red, white, and blue color palette at one of my favorite hang-out spots in Orlando – Baldwin Park.
My dress, sweater, straw tote, and red purse are each under $20 from Walmart, and my white jeans and black shoes are brand-name items from the Lord & Taylor shop on Walmart.com. I am especially impressed by the quality of the sweater and sunglasses, and these espadrilles are already on repeat in my closet!
What makes a holy grail bag? The Birkin, the Kelly, and Chanel’s iconic 2.55 have all earned their spots as ultimate scores. It all comes down to timeless design and classic appeal. The icons are endlessly wearable (and always functional!) throughout the years, even when trends change.
For cool girls looking for the holy grail of bags beyond the Birkin, look no further than the Ferragamo Studio Bag. It’s got the clean, structured lines of its predecessors with just enough je ne sais quoi to push it over the edge. Its status on every must-have list was cemented by Gigi Hadid – when a bag can dress up your athleisure look you know it’s good.
“For him, beauty and aesthetic appeal was nothing without usefulness and function,” Paul Andrew, the designer behind the bag, said of the brand’s namesake.
The price tag is also a lot easier to swallow coming in at $1,800 to $2,600, which is great for aspiring snobs! Trust me when I tell you that a classic bag is always worth the investment.
Money can buy you a lot of things, but taste and style aren’t for sale. I am often asked about my favorite price conscious bags by readers with snobby taste who are on a slim budget, and I’m here to deliver. There are so many great collection-worthy bags out this season – and more than a few come in under $500!
From familiar names like Tory Burch to indie darlings like Staud, beginning (or adding to) your collection with bags that have big style and smaller price tags is a wonderful way to refresh your spring lineup.
Tory Burch Lee Radziwill Petite Bag, $498
This is by far my favorite bag under $500 of the season. Its classic lines and fun lock-and-key hardware make it a go-to spring essential.
Marc Jacobs Jelly Snapshot Camera Bag, $395
This season’s snapshot collection includes this happy, glittery little number perfect for a girls’ night out – what more can you ask of your evening companion?!
Botkier Valentina Flap Satchel, $248
Without a doubt the color of the season is orchid! I want to wear this color from head to toe, and this simple Botkier bag is the perfect place to start.
Staud Keaton Bag Saddle, $345
Clean lines don’t have to mean boring! I’m obsessed with this Staud bag (no really, I’m clicking ‘buy now’ as I type.)
Cult Gaia Pearl Bag, $368
For the artsy snob who craves unique design with a high dose of flair, this sculptural bag is a must have.
Leatherology Meadow Double Zip Camera Bag, $190
This celeb favorite can be customized with hand painted stripes and a monogram for a distinctly preppy vibe.
Mansur Gavriel Lamb Drawstring Pouch, $495
For the classically minded snob on a budget, Mansur Gavriel is a tried and true brand though most bags are in the $800+ range now. This roomy pouch is a great entry-level option.
Nannacay – Cotio Roge Crossbody Bag, $218.50
This bag has got ultimate boho flair. Meet your new favorite summer bag!
Marc Jacobs The Editor 29 Pebbled Leather Tote Bag, $425
I get it, some of us have to spend our summer days in the office. This Marc Jacobs bag is a universal editor’s favorite thanks to its sophisticated structure that serves you just as well in the Hamptons as it does in the board room.
Kara Plaster Baby Pinch Shoulder Bag, $395
This little bag has a whole lot of personality. Sign me up!
A.P.C. Demi-Lune shoulder bag, $440
I love this antique-rose-hued bag and its decidedly 90s styling.
This outfit contains all the style things I’m loving to wear most right now: linen, button details, balloon sleeves, white shoes, straw bags! Worn together, it has a decidedly vintage vibe and feels oh-so-spring. Is linen a fabric you love to wear? It’s trending but also feels so classic!
Top: Forever 21, $15
Jeans: Express, $48
Shoes: DSW, $50 (comes in 8 colors)
Purse: H&M, $25
Earrings: Jane, $5 (similar)
Approx. dates: Earrings are last year. Jeans, shoes, purse are recent. Top is new.
I love textured leather. My first love was ostrich leather and I still remember walking down aisles of lit display cases with my sister daydreaming about one day buying each and every pebbled bag I laid my eyes on. I graduated to coveting crocodile embossed designs pretty quickly and the good news is that croc is coming back in a big way.
Aside from being the stuff of my teenage dreams, texture is also a quick way to dress up a simple style without going overboard on the embellishment (although if a bag can serve drama I am most certainly here for it.) Personally I prefer something on the smaller side – an embossed tote can be cute, but unless you’re careful it can also be a bit much.
Carrying a crocodile handbag isn’t just about the incredible texture, though. It’s the epitome of luxury. If you don’t have a croc in your collection, it’s time to get a move on.
Tina Craig x Nancy Gonzalez Lily Striped Top Handle Leather Bag, $2,650