12 posts tagged with betsey johnson

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It’s tempting to call Betsey Johnson “obvious,” but to do so would be to entirely miss the point. Of course she’s obvious. She’s built an empire on being just that, and with …

When I recently noticed that several new Betsey Johnson clutches had been added to the inventory on Nordstrom.com, I couldn’t have been more pleased. I’ve always been a big fan of how Betsey’s glitzy, girly, over-the-top aesthetic translates to fun, inexpensive bags that any young girl with an outsized sense of style would be happy to carry for a night out, and to see her embrace that market just makes so much sense.

Something like the Betsey Johnson Betsey Soiree Crossbody Clutch may be utterly ridiculous in a large bag, but in a small bag, it manages to be utterly ridiculous in a good way. Since that balance seems to be exactly the one that Betsey wants to strike, I hope that we see more clutches like this in the future. (more…)

Sequins? Check. Leopard print? Check. Pink? Check. The Betsey Johnson Sequincy Me Shopper is a trifecta of tacky and I couldn’t love it any more if I tried.

Well, that’s a lie. I’d love it more if the shape was more interesting and more high-end looking, but as it is, it’s a lot of trashy fun. We all know that I like to dabble in The Land of Questionable Taste from time to time, and this bag has the 80s glam rocker inside of me itching to get out. Do they still make AquaNet hairspray? If they do, I feel like owning a can of it should be a prerequisite to buying this bag. (more…)

You know exactly what to expect with a handful of designers. Case in point, Betsey Johnson. I never expect to see something boring or detail-less when I see her name attached to anything. Frankly, it’s simply not her style. Moreover, I don’t know what I would think if I saw just a plain black bag. I might go into some kind of handbag shock. (more…)

So here is the deal. I don’t really like Betsey Johnson handbags. There are just way too out there for me. At the same time, I can totally take that flashy aspect when it is a demonstrated on a smaller bag. Today was the first day, I think ever, in my entire life, that I came across a Betsey Johnson bag that I really liked. (more…)

I’m going to see Lady Gaga tonight in Atlanta and I couldn’t be more excited – I’m a total Gaga fangirl, and I’m almost as excited to see what everyone else will be wearing as I am to see the show and hear the songs. Lady Gaga inspires crazy fashion creativity in her fans, and there’s little I love more than some good people-watching.

I don’t think that the Betsey Johnson Hottie Spotty Velour Hobo is quite cool enough for Gaga herself to wear, but it has all the elements of a potential addition to an outfit that could be worn to one of her shows. (more…)

Betsey Johnson Whips and Studs Small HoboOur commenters: oh so helpful!

I wrote about the Betsey Johnson Whips & Studs Satchel a few days ago, and one of our readers smartly pointed out that not only is there a smaller hobo version of the bag, but that Nordstrom has it discounted right now!

The bag still has a lot of the attributes of the larger version, including the very pretty studded top flap, but it’s in a small, arm-carried shape that would be great to take from day-to-night, as long as you don’t have to carry a ton of stuff with you. And at less than $150, there’s really not much thinking to be done here. Buy through Nordstrom for $129.90!

Betsey Johnson Whips & Studs Tote

Y’all? Are you guys seeing what I’m seeing? Because if more Betsey Johnson bags looked like the Betsey Johnson Whips & Studs Tote, I’d have a whole closet full of ’em, particularly at sub-$400 prices. (more…)

My first response to the Betsey Johnson Sweet & Tart Hobo was, of course, “Oh, honey. No.” Because it’s Betsey Johnson, and if she’s on her game, then that should always be the first thing that springs to mind. She’s all about shock value and bold statements, even if those statements are always in the best taste. Good taste gets boring after a while, anyway.

But her genius has always been in getting you to take a second look, which is what I did here. And when you get past the fact that this is a red plaid handbag, things start to make a little more sense. Trust me on this one. (more…)

Every so often I come across a piece of fashion that I have particularly strong feelings against. It happened with Crocs (and it has not faded, so don’t wear them near me unless you are prepared to be lectured to) and it happened when I saw this Betsey Johnson Rockstar Ruffle Satchel. It’s not as strong as the Crocs feeling, sure, but what will ever be? For this bag though, my jaw literally dropped. What kind of rock star- or fabulous civilian- would wear such a thing?

Betsey Johnson Rockstart Ruffle Satchel

Even an OTT Hannah Montana outfit would not rock this bag, unless if they were going for a strange, girly-camouflage look. But then, trying to be a good objective reporter (I already ruined it a bit, though) I tried to see the good points of the bag. Because there is really no point in completely dwelling on the bad things in life- except for Crocs. So I am convinced that this bag would be a jaw-dropper if it were in a different color, like a deep chocolate or a navy, and if the leather was thick, pebbly, and matte rather than smooth and shiny. And sans the snake-embossed ruffles. Buy through Nordstrom for $179.90.

Betsey Johnson Tea Party Betsey Frame SatchelAs much as the handbags themselves catch my attention, there are certain times when a given handbag name really peaks my interest. I guess you could say that my mind does a fair amount of wondering and questioning. When I came across the Betsey Johnson Tea Party Betsey Frame Satchel I was more intrigued by the name than the handbag itself. I didn’t really find anything that great about the handbag itself, but I began to find myself fixated on tea parties. For the life of me, I can’t remember the last time I went to a tea party, can you? And if you were to go to a tea party, is this the kind of bag you’d carry? Personally, I wouldn’t. The crinkled patent leather satchel with goldtone bow accents is not for me. Plus, when you open the handbag, you’ll find floral lace lining; it just seems like there is too much going on. Maybe this bag would be fun for a young girl, but that’s about it. Buy through Bloomingdales for $375.

Betsey Johnson Bow Lock Flap Clutch

I find myself fence-sitting just a bit on this one. On the one hand, I think the Betsey Johnson Bow Lock Flap Clutch is a cute, punky, affordable take on a Chanel classic. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, it’s got a cute lil’ bow, and the piped edges make me think of retro 50’s upholstery, but in a surprisingly good way. On the other hand, I like Betsey Johnson just how she is – ridiculous. And I’m not sure that this bag is ridiculous enough to bear her name. To be Betsey Johnson, doesn’t it need to be bedazzled or printed or studded or SOMETHING? It’s just got a demure little metal bow. Which I like, but doesn’t Betsey usually include like 9 of those? Either way, I would have liked it to be larger. It’s cute as a clutch, but I think it could be rocked as a day bag as well. Buy through ShopBop for $235.