Monthly Archives: February 2012
I usually don’t care if I call a purse by its correct name, they are all purses after all. But trying to be in the fashion circles lately, I feel obligated to learn the difference between a tote and a satchel, a hobo bag and a messenger, so on and so on. So here is how you can look bag-smart:
A “tote” is a shopping bag getting its name from the verb for “carry/haul”. A tote can be a cloth bag used to do grocery shopping at Walmart or it can be a bag made by Burberry or Chanel. It is usually (and nothing is common in fashion) characterized by its large size and opening and square/rectangular shape.
The name source for this bag is interesting as well. It comes from its similarity to the piece of cloth hanging from a stick carried by hobos back in a day. As these shoulder bags are made of soft materials, they lack structure and tend to slouch.
Satchel bag – it comes from the french word for a small bag but I have seen satchels of all sizes. It usually has a wide flat bottom and two handles. Its variations include the Doctor’s bag and the Bowling bag.
The Sling Bag has a long strap allowing it to rest on the lower back. It includes variations such as the saddle bag, the messenger bag, and the bucket bag.
|Source : Mulberry|
Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag
|Source: Tory Burch|
Minaudiere is a small evening bag adorned in pieces of jewels, beads or metals.
|Lanvin Minaudiere Satin Shell Clutch|
|Holly Fulton ‘Africa’ Clutch Bag|
Baguette – relatively long small purse
Happy Thursday (or Friday) lovely ladies,
Here is a look back on some of my more focal pieces paired in three or more ways. I purchased this pair of jeans for a cameo in a hip-hop video (Rock N Rolla) but only my profile made it for less than 5 seconds (the second look below). I have tried to make the distressed jeans look more girlie and soft by pairing with open toe shoes and round toe pumps. From looking at the versions below, I like the third version the most, as the flowy top creates more balance with the tight fit jeans. Going back and putting these pics together helps me realize what I could have done better. The next version I would try is with more relaxed, classic, and basic top and a scarf. And the next pair of distressed jeans will be with more relaxed fit and less rip.
I have always thought that pairing a leopard print skirt will be a challenging task but I get to realize that almost everything goes with animal print – leather jacket, stripes, denim (shirt),polka dots, or a simple relaxed-fit tee. Again, next time I will try to create more balance for top and bottom, possibly with a denim shirt.
I got a little bit a obsessed with the school girl look but I have wanted to do it for years. I decided that if I don’t do it before 35, I would not do it at all 🙂 Similar to the leopard skirt, you can pair those boots and socks with pretty much anything. I personally would avoid pairing with tight-fitting skirts. Although I like the look with over the knee socks, I would not venture to do it either.
Which is your favorite version of all three looks?
Hello my dear ladies,
I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s day. It is time for me to announce the winner of my first little giveaway and that is………the beautiful Rory with Wear Abouts. I can’t wait to see how she would style each and every piece. Please make sure to check her blog out!!! I had a truly great experience doing the giveway and my only wish is that I had something for each and everyone of you!