I never thought I would say this, but, is this handbag too blue? Or perhaps it is the wrong hue? I absolutely love most things blue, but this handbag might be a miss in my book. Although I like the shape and style of the Dooney & Bourke Patent Luisa Hobo, but I think the color is a little too much for me to pull off. I realize that bright colors are all the rage, but again, is this too much? The aqua high-shine patent leather has buckles on the short strap which I actually like. More than anything I am trying to figure out where I would carry this bag and with what kind of outfit. I would venture a guess that it would have to be paired with something rather simple so that the color of the handbag does all the talking. What do you think, is the color too much or just right? Buy through Nordstrom for $295.
I’ve never been a big Dooney & Bourke fan, but if they keep making bags as chic and well-edited as the Dooney & Bourke Santa Croce Short Handle Leather Shopper, I’m going to have to seriously reconsider my stance on the brand. This bag’s smooth, even, dark chocolate brown leather is absolutely stunning and the lines of the bag are more befitting of (dare I say it?) Hermes. I love the bag’s contrast stitching and extremely limited hardware, and I can’t help but thinking how great this would look with dark jeans and a white button-down (with some great, chunky jewelry, of course). And I don’t even like brown. In fact, my unending hatred of brown bags has been well-documented across this site. In spite of that hatred, this bag speaks to me, and what it’s saying is “buy me!” At less than $400, I’m not sure I’ll be able to ignore the voices. Buy through Nordstrom for $375.
Just yesterday I talked about exotics. Now today, I came across an exotic look I definitely don’t see very often. The Dooney & Bourke Giraffe Checkbook Clutch offers a unique pattern on a traditional shape. Correct me if I am wrong, but it isn’t very often that you see a giraffe inspired pattern on a handbag, is it? At first glance I couldn’t decide if I liked it or if I didn’t, but now the more I look at it, I think I find part of me liking it. This is the kind of clutch that can add a splash of fun to an outfit. No, I wouldn’t wear it with a fancy outfit, but for a night out with the girls, it could totally work. And more than anything else, the price is right. I wouldn’t spend my hard earned pennies on an expensive version of this clutch, but if the price is right, it might just be worth it. Buy through Zappos for $185.
We can’t all carry an exotic handbag everyday. I know there are some of you out there who have loads of exotic handbags – lucky – but the good thing is that you can get a similar look, for less. Of course a croc embossed handbag doesn’t come close to the real thing, but there certainly are a few out there I wouldn’t mind toting around. The Dooney and Bourke Croco Large Hobo could be an option. The hobo style shoulder bad is made of crocodile-embossed leather and comes in a variety of colors. Here, the red looks absolutely stunning. Yet, if you aren’t a red handbag kind of person, pick up the bag in black, brown or honey. The hobo shape is classic and clearly you have plenty of room for just about anything you might carry around during the day. If you were in the market for an exotic handbag, would you hold out for the real deal or buy something like this instead? Buy through Zappos for $285.
As much as I love writing about clutches and handbags that I think would be perfect for the holiday season, I also love bringing you clutches that can without a doubt be carried any time of the year. This Dooney and Bourke Patent Foldover Clutch looks like it will transcend seasons. There isn’t anything too flashy or over the top. The clutch is simple, sleek and has a nice hint of sophistication. I am not usually the kind of person who carries clutches during the day. But if you are, this is one can go with a casual daytime outfit just about as easily as with an outfit you might wear out on the town or to catch a show. The purple patent leather looks great on this clutch. If you want a different look, just put the detachable shoulder strap to use and there you go. Buy through Zappos for $155.
It is no surprise. Celebrities team up with designers all the time to create a special line of handbags. This time, Hayden Panettiere teamed up with Dooney & Bourke. First off, I like Hayden Panettiere. I think she is classy, sophisticated and has stayed out of unnecessary trouble (so far). Then, once I got a chance to see some of the handbags, I was nothing less than impressed. I absolutely love the Dooney & Bourke Hayden Clutch. Just like Hayden, the clutch emulates class. The clutch has soft Italian calfskin and is trimmed with gold leather piping. There is no way you missed the lion head closure. This isn’t just there for fun, it was inspired by Hayden’s astrological sign, Leo. I don’t know about you, but I love when a part of a handbag has a significant inspirational component – just like this. If you aren’t a fan of the blue clutch pictured here, fear not there are several other colors to choose from: black, fuchsia, ivory, purple and red. Buy through Dooney & Bourke for $295.
I love to watch designers reinvent themselves. Actually, I will go as far to say they don’t need to necessarily reinvent themselves, but keep us on our toes. Over at Luxaholics, trendsetting and style watching is paramount. There are always certain celeb trends I’d love to be able to sport and of course there are others I could do without. Megs wrote about the Dior Medium Dior 61 Tote about a month ago. And in her post, Megs mentioned how the color of the bag was one of the best parts of it. Since then, we’ve seen countless celebs carrying this statement of a handbag around. But, let’s be honest, dropping $1,850 to get the look might not be an option. (more…)