ACCESSORIES REPORT: The Purse-uit Of Happiness

Accessories Report

Clutch, satchel, backpack, cross-body or tote — these are the options that run through my mind every morning as I decide which of my bags to use for the day. However, no matter what bag I choose, at least 75 percent of my purses are bags of structure. There is nothing like a structured purse to make me feel polished and well put together.

I felt a similar connection to this Fashionista as she rocked a cross-body bag on the way back to her dorm room. This particular purse is perfect because of its versatility! The longer strap makes itself available for those who want to use it as a cross-body; much more functional for those who are constantly on-the-go. However, the addition of the shorter black handles provides the possibility of being able to carry it in the crook of the elbow. This gives off an entirely different look for the whole outfit. The black and white leathers of this bag keep things classy, and make it easy to use this purse with essentially every outfit. Since gold is my favorite metal, I especially liked the gold accents that give a brighter feel to this otherwise colorless bag. Also donning a forest green button-up with rolled-up sleeves, dark wash denim jeans and black suede booties, we can see that this Fashionista doesn’t let finals get in the way of being fashionable.

Michael Kors, Prada and Louis Vuitton are just a few of the incredibly talented designers whose structured handbags have become increasingly popular. What I like most about structured handbags is how timeless they are. I don’t foresee a time when this style of handbag will ever go completely out of style.

Spotted: Marc Jacobs features soft, but powerful, silhouette-flattering dresses, and separates that are complemented by the shape of his structured chain-strap purses in his fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection.

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