If you’re lucky, come summertime, the purse you’ll carry most is your beach bag. So why do these sandy-day bags always play second fiddle to their leather and suede sisters? I say it’s time for an upgrade. These eight woven numbers are rugged enough for the shore (and large enough to stash beach-day essentials) but they’re stylish enough to replace your ol’ landlubber bags. While they might not be entirely appropriate for the workplace, they certainly play nice with weekend-wear and casual cocktail dresses. Plus: pom poms! Click here for price and where to buy.
As accessories get splashier (see: tricked-out iPhone cases, bejeweled Birkenstocks), staid Ray-Bans take a backseat to whimsical, statement-making specs. Here are the sunnies worth taking for a spin this spring.
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The most lust-worthy bag this season is Valentino’s exotic confection, festooned with feathers and beads, and shot through with gleaming dashes of brand’s now-iconic pyramid studs. It speaks to spring’s luxe bohemia, with funky embellishments that let it fly far above the rest of the flock. Valentino Lock Glam Feather bag, $4,450 by special order at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd.
The jewelry designs of Bala Cynwyd-based designer Joie DiGiovanni lean to bohemian side, with a splash of the spiritual — beads, stones, horns, evil eyes, Buddhas. But a few tricks keep the collection from feeling same-old, and my favorite of the bunch is this quartet of bracelets, made from vintage African vinyl discs. The glitzy bar keeps the jewelry from feeling too twee, but the childlike bent is why I’ve fallen for them. After all, who doesn’t wish to wear a version of the candy necklace every day? Read more »
Time for spring weddings! | Shutterstock.
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Playing dress-up at American Eagle. (I did not get that tired-looking flower crown because sometimes less is more. Or so I hear.)
I hadn’t stepped foot into an American Eagle for approximately 15 years until about three weeks ago, when I stopped in with my younger sister. I expected graphic surfer tees and distressed denim shorts with a two-inch inseam, maybe a few slim-fit hoodies and a crocheted dress or two — and, well, that’s pretty much what I found. But sprinkled among the Coachella-on-crack accessories (fake flower crowns, a weird feather headband thing too-bright turquoise) and boho dresses were chunky silver rings, a bolo necklace (!), and gloriously kooky sunglasses.
I tried on a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses, and then some aviators embellished with a trio of plastic daisies. Both were silly, twee … and $15.99 (buy one pair, get the second half-off!). It was then that I decided I might have to veer slightly off my conscious-spending course. Read more »
Though the Hermès Birkin is the crown jewel of purses, it seems few remember that the bag Jane Birkin usually carried was far more humble. Birkin actually spent much of the sixties and seventies with a wicker basket slung over her arm (and Serge Gainsbourg on the other). The basket-as-bag defined Birkin’s insouciant style — never try-hard, always chic —and I think of it as one of the best accessories in sartorial history.
But in the muddle of the past few decades, the basket has played second fiddle to the now-iconic Birkin bag — and it’s a shame. The wicker bag is unassuming, a perfect accompaniment to breezy summer looks. (Or you can take a cue from Birkin, who carried hers in all seasons, pairing it with floor-skimming dresses or a fur coat and flared jeans). Pinnacle of luxury it’s not, but what it does telegraph is certainly more important: an easy sense of style, one that doesn’t pin itself to labels and price tags.
It’s rather difficult to track one down; your best bet is to look on Etsy, or in fair-trade shops like Ten Thousand Villages. (I’ve found nine options for you; buy them below!) Once you’ve settled on one, don’t be afraid to pair it with outfits both high and low. It adds a bohemian flair to casual looks, but also takes fancier frocks down to earth.
Dare I say the basket is the new status bag?
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It was lasted spotted outside of Parc yesterday. | Image via Instagram.
Stylish guys, we have a challenge for you: Find The Tie Bar bus! As part of its ‘ultimate style road trip’ men’s tie and and accessory haven The Tie Bar has hit the road and is visiting Columbus, New York City, Washington DC, and, today, Philadelphia. The VW bus’s team of well-dressed dudes is doling out style advice, debuting new pieces, and giving out lots of free stuff like socks and mystery gift cards. Want to score free stuff? You’ll need to find ‘em. But be quick: They’re leaving after today. Read more »
Ring in spring — without breaking your wallet. | Shutterstock.
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