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Giorgio Armani Medium Shopping Suede & Leather Tote: The Flare is in Full Effect

Armani, who?! Of course, my immediate reaction to this tote was: clear and blatant Céline Trapeze knockoff. But then I gave it a second glance (I mean, old-master Giorgio is no one to scoff at), and you know what? I kind of like this better because it doesn’t have that annoying flap.

Currently, the winged-out gusset is being done by designers far and wide. So even though Céline was the unarguable forerunner, I am now deeming it an official trend. Armani’s shopper has the same effect, especially with a smart combo of leather and suede, but an unfussy open style makes the tote so much easier to contend with. From here on out, dare to flare! This is proof positive that all it takes for an otherwise boring bag to get thoroughly uplifted is a pair of carefree, expanding sides. On Luisa Via Roma for $1,603.

Pair with: Enjoy the comfy classicism of Burberry Prorsum’s wool-blend trench coat. It will last as long as your flared tote – and beyond. On Net-a-Porter for $898.50 (from $2,995).

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