Snob Essentials

Isabel Marant Ballwin Embroidered Shoulder Bag: Minimum Effort, Maximum Payoff

I’m no hobo-chic girl, but there is something about Isabel Marant and her unstoppable sense of insouciant Parisian cool that makes me want to be one. I could be talking about her nonchalant suede booties or slouchy, cropped jeans, but, of course, it’s her Ballwin bag that has me charmed.

First off, functionality has to be in effect to win me over, and this comfy, suede shoulder bag has the features in place to take me to the next stage of decision-making: outer pockets (on the front and sides) and a wide, adjustable shoulder-strap. Floral embroidery can be tricky to execute, but this nondescriptly stitched pattern reveals personality without getting so specific (read: no hippie-dippy flowers). The bordeaux color is not only gorgeous, it’s both on-trend and classically perfect for fall. It’s priced well enough that you really don’t have to over-think it, which is precisely what’s so great about this bag: effortless. That means you’ll look the same. With an impossibly relaxed feel, this self-assured style gives you the opportunity to really make it your own. On Net-a-Porter for $1,090.

Pair with: An understated investment piece you’ll never remove from your finger, like Ileana Makri’s little serpentine ring of black diamonds. At Barneys New York for $3,015.



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