Let’s be honest, fall weather makes our hair look great and skin look dry. With the cooler temperatures and dryer air, our faces require a little more TLC around this time of the year, which is why we never leave home with our favorite beauty products.
Fashion Accessories(Page 4)
We love accessories as much as (or maybe more than) anyone, but accessories can’t exist in a vacuum. Handbags, shoes and jewelry are powerful because of the ways that they interact with each other and with the clothes that we wear, and orchestrating a look sometimes feels like trying to fit the last pieces into a jigsaw puzzle.
Even though my last days on campus at the University of Georgia were as recent as 2008, a lot has changed, technologically speaking, in those intervening five years. My little flip phone, which was by far the preferred cell technology of college students at the time, had a battery life that my current iPhone can only dream of and so much exterior plastic that a case would have been redundant.
No one wants to wear layers of clothing in the summer, which can make it difficult to build an ensemble that feels finished – accessorized, full of personality and true to your personal style. Jackets, scarves, even a too-large leather handbag can seem oppressive in the midst of a heat wave, so a style-savvy woman has only one place to turn in the middle of July: jewelry.
Confession: I don’t carry a wallet. I haven’t in years, perhaps even since college. In my bag, I have a slim Proenza Schouler billfold for cash and a Marc Jacobs card case that’s attached to my keys, and because I’m something of a minimalist when it comes to what I put inside my handbag, I usually leave it at that.
For a trend that’s going to be very easily identifiable as “so last season” in a year’s time, holographic bags are expensive. With brands like Celine, Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler leading the way into a more iridescent future, getting the look for a price that feels commensurate with the trend’s staying power (or probable lack thereof) has been challenging.
I’m not really here to talk about the Jack Spade Folding Leather Valet Tray, truth be told. It’s a fine example of the genre, of course, and many similar pieces from brands like Hermes retail for far more. What I’m actually here to discuss, on this fine Man Bag Monday, is whether or not real people of either gender actually use these doo-dads for their intended purposes.