Epilogue: In honor of the upcoming release of coffee table book extraordinaire, Fendi Baguette, I am resurrecting this post. My style mentor Katie was the first to acquire one of these babies right after Carrie Bradshaw immortalized it into fashion history. Black beading with a royal blue satin lining, it was spectacular. In the following years, I would follow her lead and buy 3 (I was a little excessive back then). Today, only one remains in my closet: midnight blue beading with a matching satin lining. I rarely have occasion to bring it out, but when I do, it’s always special.
Remember that the truly special bags, the iconic bags, never go out of style.
Do you own any variations of the following bags?
If you do, it’s probably not gonna come as a surprise that you own an ‘It Bag’. Chances are, you probably remember when, where, and how you came to possess the bag of that moment. With a few exceptions (Balenciaga and Chanel, mainly), you probably can’t remember the last time you carried your It Bag (if you haven’t yet sold it).
Readers of this blog know of my distaste for rules, and this sentiment extends especially to trends, and in this case, these bags. The reason It Bags come and go with such ferocity is due to overexposure. People get sick of seeing the same bag on every other woman on the street; Owners of these bags get even more sick of something they have to see every day. So they get put away, often sold, a reminder of a relationship that has run its course. New bags come into vogue (Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent and Goyard all had big hits in the last 5 years), more money gets spent, but you find yourself in the same situation again: saddled (pun intended) with something you’re not sure you is still relevant, appropriate or chic.
In fashion, re-invention has a long and fabulous history. Trends cycle, styles get resurrected, done becomes chic again. All that you need to bring your bag back, is you. Pair your best new outfit with your (old) favorite bag and show other women that it’s okay to bring these bags out of the closet.
One of the most popular items for warm weather months can also be among the more difficult styles to pull off. Colored denim re-emerges every Spring as a welcome change, but one with a condition: with very few exceptions, the fit of colored denim is cigarette (aka toothpick) or skinny. Many pear-shaped women who aren’t as comfortable with this style or those who simply prefer a looser feel, will be out of luck.
The solution is a colored denim jacket, like this coral Pilcro from Anthropologie, which pairs as well with your blue jeans and a tank as a neutral summer dress. Remember that jean jackets are supposed to fit snug to the body, so buttoning them up is not necessary.
Finding just the right shoes for this season of dress-up (weddings, parties, vacations) is no easy task. Ideally, you should have one pair that go with everything, and in a perfect world, it would be these babies. But a more reasonable and wearable option are Anthropologie’s speckled gold kitten heels (which also look adorable with one of my favorite styles of warm weather denim).
While we’re on the topic of parties, Tibi always has a special selection of frocks. This strapless tangerine works on many different bodies and is as appropriate dressed up at a wedding (with said heels) as dressed down (with a denim vest and gold flips) at Sunday brunch.
Every time award and event season rolls around, there is invariably a lot of chatter about the (more unconventional) choices some celebrities make. In the last decade, Cate Blanchett’s spectacular Givenchy and Gwyneth Paltrow’s questionable McQueen Oscar dresses qualify as big-time head scratchers. More recently, the annual Met’s Costume Institute gala seemed to serve as a parade of odd choices, begging the question : why would Christina Ricci (and a handful of others), wear that?
It’s a good question. With a team of stylists and every sample size gown (of both vintage and upcoming collections) available to them, why chose something so unconventional..?
Because they can.
Any celebrity big enough to attend a red carpet awards event and make the cut on Anna Wintour’s famously exclusive Met gala guest list has a long history of wearing what’s expected of them. For those who are truly into fashion, these events are an opportunity to showboat their more avant garde sensibilities, more to their fashion peers than the gawking public. Additionally, it’s a way to court designer contracts and sponsorships as well as maximize the celebrity raison d’etre : press.
One item I am always on the lookout for? Nude patent leather wedges. More versatile, comfortable and practical than the high heel, these shoes are especially important as we approach dress season.
Simply, these shoes work with everything; the nude color maintains the neutrality, while the patent provides the attitude.
Remember that if you’re attending a [semi]formal Colorado wedding this Summer, the wedge allows grace on the grass.