There are many parts of this outfit to love: the printed denim, cool red and white striped shoes and, of course, the awesome shades. However, my favorite piece is her classic brown leather purse. My bag philosophy is that a purse should be able to do it all. I think each purse should be treated as though it is the only purse you own; that is, it should have the functionality to hold and organize everything you need, while also being easy to carry as well as stylish.
If it is so tiny all I can fit are my phone and wallet, then I might as well use a cute clutch or a fun little coin purse, like this Instagram one from Etsy. As I head into the professional and working world, I find it harder and harder to justify adorable but personally useless buys such as this amazing Jessica McClintock embellished bag. It’s perfect for prom, where all you need is lipstick, safety pins and your phone. However, my day planner would barely fit in there. Everyone has a different lifestyle, which calls for different requirements. The key is to find a bag that can get you through any situation.
A briefcase is perfect for work, co-op or an internship, and can even transition as a backpack when school starts again. One like this classic vintage Coach briefcase or one from Brooks Brothers would be great. For something a little less corporate, but still work-appropriate, this amazing Dooney & Burke carryall will help you get the job done in style. The bright color adds a splash of fun, but the purse is still practical because it has a million compartments and zippers, and is roomy enough to hold a book for that long morning commute. This purse proves that you do not have to sacrifice aesthetics in favor of functionality. I also love bags that can be worn cross-body because it leaves your hands free to text, sip vanilla chai lattes and search for your MetroCard at the same time.
Spotted: Chic bags holding everything together at the pinnacle of professional glamour: Michael Kors pre-fall 2013 collection.