In a season notorious for bright colors and bold patterns, lately the most stylish way to make a statement in the summer is by getting back to basics. Forget orange or pink, black is the new black.
This Fashionista’s leather purse sets the tone for her cool, punk-inspired look. Detailed in chain-link silver hardware, this handbag was picked up in Italy on one of this Fashionista’s adventures to the leather market (yes, that kind of thing exists.) Even better, this bag can be worn two different ways. Worn as a shoulder bag, it looks rich and classic. But when converted to the long strap look, the bag folds over to showcase its edgy side.
The best part about a LBB (Little Black Bag) like this Fashionista’s is that it can basically be worn with anything. This Fashionista pairs hers with a fabulous pair of gray, high-rise skinny jeans and fun graphic tee. Her sky-high chunky peep toe heels up the ante on her super chic look. However, this kind of bag can bring out an equally chic vibe when paired with a soft, romantic dress—the contrast of hard leather with an airy fabric like chiffon is one of my favorite looks.
Luckily for trendsetters like you, there is no shortage of black leather or even “pleather” in store for summer and fall. So be sure to toughen up, Fashionistas. And get comfortable with black being the new black.
Spotted: Versace’s fall 2013 ready-to-wear show was all about punk rock. And while you might not want to take it to the extreme with oversized safety pins or spiked collars, the collection is proof that black leather isn’t going anywhere fast.