Q. I would like to build a collection of handbags that are classic (so that they can be used for a few years) but are still fashionable and that can fit every occasion (everyday, date, special occasion, etc.). What is the range of bags you think every woman should own and can you please suggest a new handbag that I should buy for 2013? Thanks!
A. Absolutely! Below are five different bags that every woman should own, along with suggestions for a range of budgets that can be worn for years to come.
1. All-purpose tote
Every woman needs a workhorse bag; one that is functional and large enough to hold important papers, some magazines, books, iPad, etc., and chic enough to wear to work. Look for one in a neutral monochromatic color that works with almost everything in your wardrobe.
A satchel has a bit more structure than a tote and easily goes from desk to dinner to Sunday brunch. Look for one in a rich neutral color like red or oxblood, or with interesting accents like animal prints, hardware or colorblocking.
Q. I was lucky enough to get a new iPad for Christmas. Now I need a fancy new case. Can you recommend some?
A. Lucky you! I, for one, cannot live without my iPad — and dressing it up in fancy new clothes somehow makes me love it even more. There are a variety of options ranging from handbags and clutches to cases and sleeves, depending on your needs. I prefer a case that keeps my iPad protected at all times, but I lust after less practical styles like the Z Spoke and Marc Jacobs crossbody bags and the Rachel Roy clutch below. Since you didn’t tell me your budget, I’ve recommended a few in every price range. Enjoy!
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In case you haven’t noticed, vintage-inspired satchels are having a serious moment this season. Reminiscent of classic menswear totes and briefcases, these iconic vintage silhouettes suddenly seem so fresh and modern and pair easily with a variety of looks. Fossil has designed a collection of perfect heritage bags with its Vintage Revival collection. Crafted from hand-burnished heirloom leather, the collection pays homage to timeless design with impeccable detailing that only improves with age.
Each of the Fossil Vintage Revival Handbags are made with rich leather that has a stunning variegated finish that is burnished, stitched and finished by hand. The luxury high quality leather is virtually unseen elsewhere at this price point (bags range from $128 to $298). Fossil has updated the collection for fall with exotic crocodile-embossed leather, giraffe-printed hair calf and rich colors like butterscotch, rust, pecan and spruce green.
Vintage-inspired satchels are not only timeless and very much on-trend right now, they’re also versatile, easily moving from work to weekend to after hours. We’ve put together a daytime and nighttime look below to show just how adaptable the style is.
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Q. I’m going on a beach vacation at the end of summer and I’m in search of a pretty straw hat that folds flat to pack into my suitcase. Can you recommend some?
A. Smart girl bringing a hat with you on your beach vacation, you can never be too careful when it comes to sun exposure. We found a great variety of rollable and packable straw hats that spring back into shape when you’re ready to wear them.
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