Just when I thought I ran out of cute bags to write about, I came across this Gustto Tribal collection. I can’t decide which bag I like more so I just put both pictures up. I just love the rich camel and deep brown color combination; they make the bag so much more interesting while the croco print adds texture and lushness.
These bags also come in another color combination: Black and brown. However, black and brown is not much of a contrast and those colors tend to hide the details of the bag, such as the cute shoe lace looking ties that add a touch of youth and playfullness to the bag.
I love how these bags still manage to look good while having all the practicality that good bags require: Front pockets, handles, shoulder straps, zip tops, and generous sizes. These bags prove that you don’t have to sacrifice looks for functionality.
I have never paid attention to Tory Burch’s bags until now. This particular Tory Burch bag caught my eye. First, I like the rich brown color on this Tory Burch Stitched T Zip Satchel. Second, I like how the gold color complements the rich brown leather. Third, this satchel can also be worn as cross body using the detachable shoulder strap which makes it very versatile, especially when I’m going shopping and I need both hands to carry shopping bags and look at merchandise. Yes, I take my shopping seriously. I even think about my shoes and outfit to wear on a shopping trip. I always make sure the shoes are comfortable for a lot of walking and the outfit is easy to put on and off for trying on clothes.
Even though I don’t like logos on my bags, the T shape hardware doesn’t bother me. In fact, I think it’s a clever and subtle way to add signature to the simple bag without being overwhelmingly tacky. The Ts certainly accent the bag nicely.
Buy from Bloomingdale’s for $495
Being a sucker for anything shiny I could not help but to click on this Marc Jacobs Sequined New York Rocker Stam bag. I’m used to seeing very shiny small miniaudiere, clutch or evening bags. However, a bag this size that is very shiny is new to me. I’m not sure where and when one would carry this bag. In my opinion, this bag is too big for a formal event, too shiny for casual everyday use and still too shiny for everything in between. If you can think of how to wear this bag you can buy it from Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,995
I don’t understand why I can’t find much information on this CC Skye Ashley Python bag. Even the website that sells this bag does not provide detailed description about the bag. In my opinion, a bag this beautiful should be talked about, stumbled upon, digged or tweeted all over the internet. Am I wrong? Do I have such an unusual taste in bags? I don’t think so.
I love how the hardware and leather shoulder straps work together. The grommets on the sides also add glam to the simple shaped bag. However, I’m not so sure about the rectangular gold tone name plate in the middle since I’m not a big fan of bags that display their brand too prominently. Seeing that it is such a beautiful bag and the size of the name plate is not huge, I can let this one slide. Besides, it is not a brand that mall rats typically carry on their arms.
Now, on to the python. I honestly could not tell if this bag is made of real python or embossed leather. Judging by the price it could easily be embossed python. However, it might also be a reasonably priced real python. Regardless of its material, I still think this is a beautiful bag.
Buy from Singer22 for $625
There was a time when I preferred silver tone hardware on bags regardless the color of the bag. Now, I’m slowly warming up to gold tone hardware. I’m finding that gold tone hardware adds a little bit more luxury to a bag compared to silver tone hardware. For example, this cream Jack Rabbit Stinger would not have as much contrast if the hardware were silver tone.
Even though this Jack Rabbit Stinger display a classic lady like shape, it is certainly not a boring bag. It has a lot of interesting details, such as the V side pockets, the vertical zipper, and some strategically placed studs. The most interesting feature is the vertical zipper, which used to expand the bag. However, I’m not sure how it would enhance the look of the bag when it is unzipped. I would probably keep the zipper closed at all times.
Buy from Shopbop for $369.60
Studded bags are certainly hot right now and I’m trying to cater to the studs frenzy. I found this gorgeus Francesco Biasia Lea. I’m guessing this bag has been around for sometime, because they are now on sale and hard to find. I wish I had found this bag sooner.
Never in my wildest dream had I considered studded bags feminine, until I saw this bag. The one thing that makes this bag look somewhat feminine is the swirly placement of the studs. Most studded bags place their studs in rows or some other orderly manner. The variety of studs shapes and sizes also contributes in making this bag unpredictable. Everyone likes a nice surprise, right?
Another great thing about this bag is the price. They are on sale right now on Zappos priced it at $302
For the recessionistas who love studded bags but can’t afford the fabulous YSL Easy Y Studded bag, this Lea bag is definitely a great alternative. It is nearly 10 times cheaper than the YSL Easy Y Studded.
There are always times when we need our man to hold on to our bags. Men usually look very uncomfortable holding their woman’s girly bag. Sometimes we also observe celebrities also carry their ladies’ bags.
This Andrew Marc Architect Tessa Hobo displays a utilitarian style with its two front pockets. The bag feels somewhat masculine because of it’s style. Therefore, your man would probably not mind holding it for you. Obviously, that reasoning should not be your only consideration to buy a bag.
Aside from the casual and easy look, this Andrew Marc bag is also hip and young looking. You can surely use this for work or just for running errands. It can be your all purpose bag.
I am a fan of Andrew Marc leather jackets and I’m sure the leather quality of this bag is also as good as their jackets.
Buy from Bloomingdale’s for $450
We all know that studs are hot this season (and likely the next season). All bag designers are racing to create bags with studs. Some did an ok job, but a lot of them fail miserably. Studded bags normally don’t attract me. I’m just not a rocker type. I don’t even understand the big hype over the Alexander Wang Coco Duffel. However, when I saw this YSL Easy Y Studded bag, I fell in love without a doubt; I forgot why I hate studs. If this bag can win the heart of the girl who doesn’t like studs, this is truly an exceptional design. The only other studded bag that is worth a look is the Marc Jacobs Cecilia bag. The other bags are just for rocker chicks in rock bands.
Buy YSL Easy Y Studded from Diabro.net for $2,152.17
On the left is the Versace Patent Chain shoulder bag and on the right is Chanel Veau Ver Large Tote. Aren’t they a little bit too similar? Of course, the designers at Versace can use the quilted design, or the chain straps, or the tote shape. They can, but if they are combining them all together like Chanel did in one bag, it would look just like a Chanel rip off. It is very common when lower-end designers do such a thing, but I would not expect this from Versace. When lower-end designers do this, their work may be not as impressive, but at least they are not charging a four digit price.
In my opinion, Versace (a world class design house) should have enough resources to create something that is not a copy cat.
Buy from Bergdorf Goodman for $1,800
After all those bright and colorful bags that I saw in spring, now I’m ready for more neutral shades and blacks like these Valentino Premier Bow Shoulder Bags. I usually choose the better color to put on my post but after seeing these two colors I can’t decide which color is better because both of them are equally beautiful.
I love how lush and feminine these bags look thanks to the soft knotted bows that drape over the body. The absence of hardware does not take away the beauty of the bag. Though I can’t help but wonder what will the bag look like when it is filled. Will the soft leather slouch? Will the bag look as beautiful if it slouches?
Buy from Bergdord Goodman for $1,895
This Bottega Veneta Sculptured Tote is literally a woven bag with a twist. Instead of doing their regular weave the designers decided to twist some part of the leather to achieve a more 3 dimensional look. This definitely adds more substantial texture to the simple woven bag. However, I still prefer the original woven version without the gimmicks. Sometimes, less is more.
Pre-order from Bergdorf Goodman for $2,480
If you are short and round, this is the bag for you. This bag is long and structured, the opposite of your body shape. Therefore, it will flatter you.
This bag would be perfect if you need a roomy bag but still want to look sharp and tailored. This bag measures a generous 15” wide x 14” tall x 3” deep. As with most of Hype designs, this Heloise bag looks trendy and chic.
Hype is one of the brands that has great values. Their quality is also very good considering that they don’t charge you for an arm and a leg.
Buy from Bluefly for $195