Forget sugar daddies and designer watches – there’s only one thing you really need on your arm this season, and that’s a trend-hitting handbag. So get ready to cart your life about in style with our guide to the very best choices out there now:
The beauty of a good bag is that it can bring a delicious pop of colour to any outfit, and that’s just what you’ll get when you make a beeline for the latest neon treasures. The best way to rock the look is on a night out; pick a micro handbag and let the colour bring the big attitude.
Look to the future
Silver, shiny, studded and sparkling – the futuristic trend is your chance to have a love affair with all things metallic. Choose bags with unusual shapes and features – padlocks, clear panels, whatever you want goes, as long as it’s got that space-age edge.
If in doubt, oversize it
Oversized beauties by designers like Alexander Wang and Chloé are an indomitable presence in the style world right now, so who cares if your bag is only half full? Throw the biggest one you can find over your shoulder and strut your stuff.
Investing in a classic handbag is always the right move to make, but this season the ladylike glamour of a soft leather number in a timeless barrel shape is just what you need to finish off any look. Don’t be scared to coordinate with gloves and shoes; if you’re going to do the classic look, you may as well do it properly!
The briefcase is back in town
If you don’t want the responsibility of looking too grown up then opt for the briefcase’s cool cousin, the satchel. Henry Holland’s purple checked version, available from the range at Debenhams is perfect, and the print means you’ll be ticking off this season’s huge heritage trend, too.
Kate Moss looking super chic and sexy in a draped LBD. I found a MCQ Alexander MCQueen dress that’s not quite as plunging as Kate’s but just as sexy and on sale! The sizes are limited so I added some alternatives below. Get Kate’s look for less!
Either Britney doesn’t have a stylist or she shares the same one with Jessica Simpson! While she exudes that perfect blend of adorable and sexy, it’s hard not to be mean when it comes to her sense of style (and being mean is just not my style!). So, I’ll just get right to the redo. I switched her shorts for white skinny jeans and added a plaid jacket to maintain a theme for the outfit. To round things out I gave her some pumps and a funky clutch. Best thing about the outfit is that it’s all under $100! What do you think of Britney’s fashion sense? How would you have dressed her?
Lauren looking chic in a leather skirt, sheer blouse and scarf. I decided to pick some pricier pieces (like the top and the clutch) because they offer mileage. You can wear the top with just about anything and the clutch is not only perfect year round, but it will give any outfit a pop of color. Get Lauren’s look for less!
Silence & Noise Moto Skirt – $24.99 (originally $68) at UrbanOutfitters.com
Woven Link Scarf – $24 at JohnstonMurphy.com
Fortune Bracelet Set – $5.80 at Forever21.com
Michael Antonio Pump – $39.95 at Endless.com
Rampage Ludlow Clutch – $58 at Amazon.com
Update: The winner of the Etsy Clara’s Metropolitan Clutch is carlyjcais with the following comment: ” What lovely clutches! I’d choose Clara’s Metropolitan Clutch from The Conservatory Collection (the black pattern with the yellow ribbon accent). I’d pair it with this cool pair of 80’s pleat-front pants I picked up at Goodwill (cuffed, of course), a pair of platform strappy black sandals, a cream blazer with DIY gold studding on the lapel, a double-wrap black belt with tiny gold stud detailing, and a dangly feather earrings made of black-and-white partridge feathers and dyed long yellow rooster feathers (to pick up the beautiful yellow in the clutch). Plus some chunky bangles, and some long necklaces over a white tank underneath. Black, white and yellow – perfect!”
Congratulations Carly and a big thank you to all of you who participated!
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Product Description: Clara’s Metropolitan Clutch in gray-green cotton fabric with a printed tweed pattern has ruffled detail and saddle brown, croc embossed leather ribbon accenting, and is lined in lustrous, black taffeta with interfacing added for structure and support. Bag is approximately 11″ wide at the base with an 11” opening x 5” tall x 1″ deep (when filled). The flap closure of the bag covers the entire opening of the clutch. The clutch closure also includes a silver magnetic snap. This is a great clutch for lunch with the girls, but just sassy enough for nights out dancing. Clara’s Metropolitan Clutch is also formal enough for weddings and proms. It’s the perfect accessory to go with the perfect little cocktail dress or a great pair of jeans and heels! Interior of bag has three generous sized pockets for cell phones, ipods, make-up, keys, or anything else you may need to find quickly in your handbag!
Refresh your outfits with a new bag this Spring for under $30!
Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively looking classic and chic in a sweater dress and cropped leather jacket. Perfect day to night outfit with tons of other possibilities. Take the sweater dress and pair it with a blazer for work. The leather jacket can be worn with jeans, slacks (with a crisp white shirt underneath) and skirts. And let’s not forget about the nude heels and the funky clutch…..The nude heels would look fierce with a pair of jeans and the clutch can add a bit of character to just about any outfit.
I’m sure Kate Bosworth could wear a paper bag and still look gorgeous, but this particular outfit (although cute and quirky) seemed to beg for a little “oomph!” First step: I decided to stay within the same color family, but switch it up by adding a white crew neck sweater over a black button down ( I LOVE THAT COMBO!). Next: The bulky bag wasn’t working for me, so I replaced it with a clutch. Lastly, I found a gorgeous bow back skirt, which really adds a lot of character to the outfit. When it came down to the shoes and footless tights, I just went with it simply because I liked it (but the ensemble would look just as good without them). Don’t forget, every piece in this outfit can be broken down and worn with just about anything in your closet: The skirt could be worn with a cropped blazer to work; the sweater with a pair of jeans for a casual luncheon, or the black button-down with a pair of black slacks for a chic evening get-together.
I get so excited every time I do a Rachel Zoe post because her outfits are always fun and unique. I looked everywhere for a budget friendly version of her outfit but quickly realized that a relatively nice sequined jacket was not easy to come by (they were either sold out or looked cheap). Get the look……….
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