A bag is an accessory that can easily be overlooked, even though it has the power to make or break any outfit. All too often I grab whatever bag I used last, even if it clashes terribly with my outfit. “No one will notice,” I think to myself, but the sad truth is that any fashionista out there has a keen eye for a put-together look — bag included. A good purse should be like a good pair of jeans: comfortably worn-in, sturdy, and able to go well with anything. For the coming transition period (summer to fall), here are my top bag picks – all equally adorable and under $200. Say goodbye to blowing money on unnecessary summer sale items. Instead, invest in these classy bags that will take you from summer chic to fall sleek in no time.
The Alfresco Bag from Anthropologie is the perfect bag for everyday. The exterior leather has a worn in quality that when coupled with the straw straps, creates a lovely vintage-inspired look. I love the simple shape of this purse, which luckily has many pockets for hidden storage. The interior cotton lining comes in an adorable polka-dotted print, giving the exterior leather a more feminine feel. I can imagine reaching for this bag on a cool autumn day as I venture out for a stroll in the park.
The Marc by Marc Jacobs Totally Turnlock Percy Bag is my favorite essential cross-body bag. This small leather bag comes in three great color options, with sage being my color of choice. I love the two turn-lock patch pockets that decorate the front of the purse, as well as Marc Jacobs signature black and white print inside. This little bag would be perfect for a busy day or a night out on the town. Pair the sage color with a more grayscale outfit for a look that pops.
A great white bag is necessary in any wardrobe. From a sunny summer dress or a crisp autumn look, a white bag is classically feminine enough to complete any look. Now many people may subscribe to the age old adage, no white after Labor Day. Ladies, when done right, white can be a powerful tool, no matter the season. The J. Crew Large Leather Gallery Hobo has that luxurious leather look to it. I love the crisp white color and the strong vachetta leather handles. The popular hobo shape allows for great storage as well as that effortlessly stylish feel.