ACCESSORIES REPORT: The Messenger Bag

Accessories Report

Last week’s Fashionista showed how adding a bag can elevate any outfit while remaining utilitarian. This week’s Fashionisto is doing the same, but taking it just a little bit further. A messenger bag is not only the perfect accessory for holding all your schoolwork and laptop, but it’s a way to add some personality to your outfit.

Messenger bags are everywhere. Literally. This is probably thanks to its high functionality, especially on a college campus, and its classic look. This is exactly what this Fashionisto has done. He is sporting an array of preppy items. Let’s start with the sweater. What I love about this sweater is the classic argyle print. He chose bright pastels, and the button-down shirt underneath breaks the pattern a little bit so it isn’t too overwhelming. Lastly, his shoes are the epitome of all that is preppy. It’s the perfect way to finish off the look, all while remaining to his all-round college-student vibe.

Some examples of messenger bags can be found, depending on your style. If you tend to dress more on the preppy side, this grey plaid messenger bag from Target could be a great way to automatically incorporate pattern into every outfit. For any edgier option, J.Crew makes this neutral version with leather detail. This one from ASOS is also a good option if you are looking for a bag with an edgier vibe.

Spotted: Large leather bags were all over Missoni’s Fall 2013 Menswear collection.

 

Fashionisto email: joerobin@brandeis.edu

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