December 2010

It was a tough call for this week’s bag of the week, but we decided on a rather unique new bag we got in called the The Must Have Bag Of The Year. The name raised an eyebrow, but once we laid eyes on the bag we understood. It’s busy, without being gauche. It’s sophisticated in its shape, but playful and fun with its printed pattern. The gold chain and colorful tassels remind us of quilted Chanel bags from the 1980’s, and we really dig that vintage couture vibe. Since it’s black leather with navy blue and gold decoration, it still manages to go with most anything. It’s the perfect “not too big/not too small” size we love in a bag, and its festive appearance means it will look good at parties and fancy outings. All in all, we think this bag can do no wrong.

Priced at an incredibly reasonable $45, you can see why we consider this to be the “Must Have” bag of the year.

Previous “Bag of the Week” Features:

Bag of the Week: Melrose Glam Anarchy Bag
Bag of the Week: IT Vintage Leather
Bag of the Week: Designer Inspired Tote
Bag of the Week: The Vintage
B. Knowles Studded Luxurious Cowhide Leather Bag

When you’re wealthy enough and famous enough to be able to carry a different bag 365 days a year, it really sticks out when you favor one bag over another. Like Lauren Conrad and her Alexander Wang bag, Katie Holmes has developed a strong attachment to her Chloé Python Marcie Hobo. The unique shape of this bag, its classic demeanor, super soft and luxurious leather, and flap detail make this one of the most covetable bags of the year. The Chloé label radiates sophistication and minimalism. It makes sense that Holmes would be drawn to Chloé. The label perfectly suits Holmes and her projected style ethos. This bag suits Holmes as well: it is stylish, fashion forward, and yet still classic.

If you’ve fallen in love with this gorgeous everyday bag, but get sticker shock at the $3,735 price tag, you will LOVE our Hot Designer Style Leather Bag. It comes in 4 yummy shades and rivals the Chloé for feel, look, but not price. In that category, we definitely win, because our bag is only $64.

We were so in love with Elle Macpherson’s look that we wanted to replicate it, but we found out that her Yves Salomon Goat Fur Vest cost $1,300 alone! No telling what the rest of her outfit cost. If you want to replicate Elle’s perfect fall look (a bit of animal print, chunky booties, and a fur vest make this look completely of-the-moment), but don’t want to drop thousands of dollars, check out how to achieve the same style on a budget. Instead of her designer leopard print bag, we used our City Metro Tote ($35) in our style set:


Steve Madden Carlsen, $90

Chalet Turtleneck Sweater, $59.50

Faux Fur Vest, $55

Metro City Leopard Print Tote, $35

AJ Morgan Women’s Nu Jak Oversized Sunglasses, $20

3-Button Tab Skinny Jeans, $19.80

= $279.27

In 2005, there was a huge push toward street style in the fashion community. This is thanks, in large part, to Scott Schuman who launched his blog, The Sartorialist in 2005 after leaving a fashion sales position in New York City. Schuman took to the streets of the Big Apple and began snapping photos of stylish people on the street. This ignited such a fire on the internet that hundreds of like-minded individuals from Copenhagen to Tokyo to Miami also started blogs focused on street style.
Street style blogs are a great way to get fashion inspiration. Instead of flipping through a magazine and seeing a perfect looking model wearing only clothes that advertisers dictated, you get to see real people wearing clothes that have real personality; clothes they made, thrift store clothes, vintage pieces, or high end items. It’s the personal touch, the ability to see how stylish people put their looks together in real time, that makes street style so beloved.
When combing the street style blogs this month, we noticed a reoccurring look that we loved: oversized outerwear paired with tights/leggings and chunky shoes. This is a cozy winter look that remains flawlessly stylish throughout the years. Check out some of our favorite looks (and maybe you’ll get some wardrobe inspiration!):

Via Copenhagen Street Style

Via The Sartorialist

Via Style Clicker

Via Face Hunter

What are some of your favorite street style looks of late? What’s your coziest and most stylish winter ensemble?

Since the Harry Potter series has ended, Emma Watson (actress who played Hermione Granger on the series) has really been able to spread her style wings. Her glowing, youthful appearance and strong, striking features have helped launched her into the realm of fashionista, but it is her graceful, fashion forward ensembles that we really love.

Emma Watson favors ladylike touches (laces, bows and ruffles) with a mix of tougher, edgier pieces like menswear jackets, leather accessories and fedoras. Watson isn’t afraid of the avante garde. She mixes haute couture items like high concept skirts with every day essentials like cardigans. We at Baginc love her look. If you do too, check out the best way to steal Watson’s style:

Emma Watson

Emma Watson by I’m highfashiongirl featuring a fedora hat

The bags in this set are from BAGINC! They are:

– Red Square Quilted Shoulder Bag
– H World Leather Wristlet
– Parisian Glam Leather Tote

Bag of the Week is our weekly Friday feature where we select the bag we think is really aces from our latest inventory (the fact that we think ALL of our bags are aces makes this a hard decision). This week we are showcasing the stunning Melrose Glam Anarchy Bag. When we received this bag, it elicited a lot of “Ooohs” and “Aaahs.” With the perfect mix of edginess and class, this bag is our top contender when it comes to a versatile every day bag. Dress up for a night on the town, and the silver studs shine. Wear it with your office attire and its classic shape helps keep your outfit formal, but fashion forward.

We hope you fall in love with the Melrose Glam Anarchy bag, just like we did.

Don’t forget to enter to win our Lady Gaga Customized Studded Handbag just in time for the holidays. Follow the link to enter!

The Mulberry bag has become as ubiquitous in celebrity circles as the Stam bag or a Birkin. The most stylish of this elite set seem to have one in every shade, such is their devotion to the brand. There are a lot of gorgeous styles to choose from: The Bayswater, the Emmy, the Daria, the Antony, but we are partial to the Alexa (named for Alexa Chung, star of yesterday’s Style Stealer segment).

Celebs are partial to the Alexa, too. Check out some of the most stylish celebrities around carrying this bag:

Kate Moss

Alexa Chung

Blake Lively

Keira Knightley

The luxurious Mulberry Alexa will run you about $1,000. If you want to stay in style and own one of the most versatile bags around, check out our So Soho Satchel for only $59!

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