There’s (at least) two kinds of style collectors: those who go ga-ga for a purse, and those who go crazy for some other swoon-worthy items (boots, lipsticks, lingerie, perfumes, graphic tees, et al.) I’m not a purse enthusiast myself, and only own three or four – all leather, all Coach, nice but nothing to swoon over. I do, however, appreciate an eye-catching bag, and enjoy looking at them.
When/if I get to move to NYC, I’ll be more purse-focused, as in the city I walk all day and need a fetching bag. Here in Florida, I toss my bag in the car, or forego one altogether when biking. That’s why I love skirts with pockets!
I think you don’t have to specialize in luxury bags to be a devotee. There are wonderful cloth and recycled purses on Etsy, for example. And of course, there’s eBay and the thrift shops, with loads of lightly used leather bags.
And as always, you’ll find an original selection of fab purses on the over-40 women of Visible Monday:
Choose luxury: Lisa of The Sequinist is gorgeous in head to toe black, and is carrying the iconic Hermes Birkin bag. An investment to be sure, but one to carry for life; it will always make your look more luxe.
Go petite and sweet: Jessica of Elegantly Dressed And Stylish dressed for an office party or other festive event, and featured this gold bow convertible clutch. It’s perfect with her gold-themed outfit. Click on her site to see her gorgeous jewelry and always-killer red hair.
Make a striking contrast. Ani of Fleurani added a soft pink purse by Archiduchess (I never had heard of them but their selection looks great). It makes a chic pop against Ani’s red sweater and checked coatigan.
Bring the bright colors: Anna of Anna’s Island Style is vibrant in this saffron tunic and deep purple leggings. Her charming little bag is the perfect finisher. Per Anna, it was “purchased in Rome, no brand.” Must visit Rome asap.
Stay fabulous, wear the purse you love every day, and enjoy every sandwich, xo
Some cool purses to browse, at all price points: