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Q. I’m an art professor without an office. So, I’m in search of a creative, put-together tote bag to carry all the stuff needed for class. Any suggestions?

A. Look no further than a stylish diaper bag! They’re full of pockets to keep you organized and often include wipeable surfaces which will help protect your belongings from accidental messes from your art supplies. Here are a few tote-sized diaper bags that are chic enough to carry to and from class.


Q. I’m OBSESSED with Bottega Veneta’s Cabat tote. I can’t afford 5k for a handbag. Is there anything out there that’s close? I don’t want “pleather” but a nice woven authentic leather. I’m not looking for a purse, more of a tote. I can spent up to $500.


A. You have good taste! Not only is the BV Cabat a gorgeous, luxe bag, it’s also a classic that will never go out of style. We found a few rich looking woven leather totes ranging in price from $240 to $500. Though not as oversized as the Bottega Veneta version, they are all equally as beautiful and timeless:

Q. I love all of the summer bags you featured today and I’m hoping you can do the same with summer clutches. I have a few parties and events this summer and I’d love to wear a pretty clutch with my summer dresses.

A. Summer fashions and lush tropical evenings call for bags with an island-inspired vibe, in simple shapes and natural textures like raffia, canvas and wood. These clutches are the perfect blend of glam sophistication with a laid-back attitude that easily moves from day to sultry night:

Q. Is it still ok to wear my black leather hobo bag, or is it too heavy for summer? Can you recommend some more summery styles to wear every day? I don’t want to spend a lot on a summer bag. Thanks!

A. While not necessarily a faux pas, a black leather bag tends to look a bit heavy next to lightweight summery clothes. There’s no rule that says you should replace it, but if you’re in the mood to lighten up, here are some chic summery bags that are perfect for everyday and under $100:


Q. Are oversized clutches still in for Spring/Summer 2010? I recently bought a gray clutch with zipper details, what can I wear it with for both everyday wear and going out?

A. Though the oversized clutch isn’t on everyone’s top 10 list this season, you can absolutely still wear yours without fear of being a fashion victim. An oversized gray clutch can be worn with virtually any look this spring, day or night. Some favorite options: with a feminine floral dress; with a pretty printed blouse and skinny jeans; a boyfriend blazer and a printed full skirt… you get the idea, pretty much any look works!


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