ACCESSORIES REPORT: Structured Substitute

Accessories Report

So let’s face it. From heavy books to laptops, when it comes to carrying necessities for class, we generally just grab our not-so-fashionable backpacks and speed out the door. But as of late, backpacks are coming out in many more styles and designs, allowing us Fashionistas/os to show off our great tastes. And while some look to the backpack as a staple in their daily college lives, this Fashionista will have you reconsider another great option for toting around everything you need.

I spotted this Fashionista sporting an adorably casual and chic look, but what really caught my eye was her head-turning bag. Like her, I prefer to hang onto my dearly beloved planner, notebooks and other essentials in a shoulder bag; so naturally, I had to approach her about her fabulous purse.

As I got closer, I found her bag to be even more amazing. With gold hardware details against the black and off-white trim, this Fashionista’s tote from Urban Outfitters screamed cool sophistication. Even more so, it was the perfect touch against her gray scale outfit. In a simple striped top, a black vest, gray skinnies and edgy, heeled combat booties, the structured shoulder bag was the icing on this Fashionista’s perfect casual look.

Although I’m a big fan of substituting the usual backpack for a handbag at school, I do want to note I’m still also an advocate for the backpack. In the end, it really comes down to personal taste and opinion. Lucky for Fashionistas/os, bags only seem to get more and more stylish. For a bag similar to this Fashionista’s, check out the Catherine Street Frasier by kate spade new york. If you’re into totes but are looking for something with more movement, Banana Republic’s Paige tote is an awesome option.

Lastly, keep in mind that backpacks and bags can really be the finishing touch to an outfit, so don’t take them for granted.  I personally recommend finding one that’s versatile and pairs well with different kinds of looks. It’s a great style investment and will keep you looking polished at all times. There are thousands of options out there, so get to finding your faves!

Spotted: If you thought this Fashionista was sporting a structured tote, check out Chanel’s hula hoop bag featured in their spring 2013 ready-to-wear show.


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