It’s happened to the best of us: we are meeting up with friends, searching for a seat in class or simply walking from lecture hall to lecture hall, only to find that we are donning the exact same clothing piece or accessory as someone we see. After the initial embarrassment, these incidences are easy to laugh off. I mean, it just means that two of us have amazing taste! However, nothing beats the confidence that can come from wearing something totally and completely unique.
Accessories provide us with the opportunity to add an individual touch to any ensemble, be it through our personal combination of pieces or our possession of a truly special item. This Fashionista, for example, carries a stunning beige and cognac messenger bag unlike many I’ve seen. While the messenger style is undoubtedly popular, this bag (draped in leather detail and silver accents) is unique in its versatility and its origin. Not only can it transform from a side bag to a backpack, but it was also purchased in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy!
In addition to possessing an uncommon story, this bag translates as immensely sophisticated. Its relaxed silhouette perfectly complements the Fashionista’s collegiate yet cool vibe, and its warm tones contrast beautifully with the classic feeling of her look as a whole. Her ensemble in its entirety, consisting of a staple white henley with ruffle detailing, black skinnies and a casual grey blazer, is simple, chic and perfect for campus days. Moreover, this Fashionista’s covet-worthy nude flats and tortoise shell glasses cement her status as an accessory maven!
Looking for your own unique accessory? Searching your local thrift shops is an amazing option. Not only do thrift shops carry an abundance of items that will add a bit of rarity to your closet, but they are also extremely inexpensive. Thrift shops are the way to go for a Fashionista looking to step out of the box, while remaining on a budget! Uniqueness can also be found in the mixing and matching of accessories purchased at thrift shops and malls alike. Combine pieces you love for a look that is your own!
If you’d like to find a bag like our Fashionista’s, this classic accessory comes in many variations. Borrow from our Fashionista, and choose a neutral-toned piece outfitted in or accented with leather or faux leather for a bag that will match any ensemble. Canvas messengers are equally as functional, and they often can be found in fun and seasonal prints. A medium-sized purse is the most versatile, but for days when only the basics are necessary, smaller messenger bags are cute and practical. Try a small bag in a neon or pastel for the perfect pop of color!
Remember, the true essence of fashion is creating a style that you love. Style’s true message is that looks that are unique to you will always be classic!
Spotted: Anna Sui featured neutral and printed messenger-style bags in her fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection. The bags were paired with lavish prints and oversized silhouettes for a collection that was absolutely decadent.