A hip handbag updates an outfit in an instant! And this season is already decked out with eye-grabbing, head-turning handbags. There’s one for every style and every outfit you can imagine. You can pick a bag that suits every occasion, or pick a bag for each occasion. Here are a few of this season’s hottest bags and where you can get them.
Ruffles. Ruffles are a great way to take a bag from ordinary to extraordinary. Ruffles are girly, flirty, and fun, but still sophisticated and very much grown up when you put them on a handbag. And you don’t have to get out your glue gun to get them, either. You can find a great ruffled bag at New York and Company for just $39.95. It comes in gold, black, and gun metal, and zippers at the top with asymetrical ruffles on the sides. For a fun, funky night out clutch, try the ruffled clutch from Target. It looks like a million bucks but will only set you back about $25. You won’t feel like a little school girl with one of these pieces of arm candy!
Tweed. If you love the look of tweed but don’t enjoy wearing it, make a tweed bag your go-to bag. www.meetmark.com has a terrific, over-sized tweed bag that will fit your weekend gear and just about anything else you can imagine! It’s great size will be quite a statement in and of itself, but the tweed fabric gives it a professional image. The best part… a price point of just $32. You will love this bag, but don’t overload it with too much stuff or it will weigh you down! This tote would make a great shopping bag, work tote, or even a sophisticated gym bag. The sky is the limit…. and it just might fit inside the bag, too!
Crocodile is sure to make you smile! If you are savvy and sophisticated, maybe you want to give a great crocodile bag your arm. Try a luxurious feeling faux-croc front pocket tote from New York and Company with a price that doesn’t take too much bite out of your paycheck at just $39.95. It comes in black, purple, deep red, grey, and cream. Or try the faux-croc in a clever fold over clutch. Of course, there are plenty of other animal prints to choose from this holiday season – leopard, and snake prints, just to name a few.
Sensational Sequins. Naturally, if you are always the life of the party you need a handbag that lights up the rest of your ensemble. Shoot for sequins this season to take you from day to night. Zappos.com has a fun sequin covered convertible bag in black or in pink for $68.00. Wear it with the chain shoulder strap, or drop the strap in the bag to wear it like a clutch. This bag is not for wall flowers, it’s for the seriously celeb-inspired fashionista with cash to spend.
Maybe none of these bags will do for you, but you can find one just as trendy. Just keep your eyes on the details and look for great shaped bags with special details like ruffles, sequins, studs and chains, or animal finishes. Better yet, look for a combination of details that makes the statement that fits you best. If your bag makes a statement, keep your attire simple so the two don’t compete. Adding a great bag will add instant charm to your look and a great spring in your step. That confidence will make you shine!
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