We’ve all been there: As classic our tastes usually are, at times we want to join the latest craze and have a bit of fun. But fun often comes at a high cost. That Fendi monster bag you’ve seen everywhere? Sure, it’s a good time now, but in a year or two you might find yourself questioning that moment of insanity.
There is nothing more difficult than getting a mother and a pre-teen or teen to agree on something. But when it comes to fashion and bags, you might have a rare chance at a consensus. I asked my daughter for help on this one…
Maybe it’s the fact that the wildest day of the year is rapidly approaching (have you got your costumes ready?) or perhaps it’s just fashion’s ongoing love affair with all things irreverent, unexpected, quirky, and off-the-wall, but I’m feeling wacky this Monday.
The latest topic for my Vogue China column, “Bag Chat with Tina,” is bags that will brighten up your wardrobe without breaking the bank. I’ve found the best bags of the season that are both on-trend and on-budget because shopping for multiple styles is so much more fun than picking just one.
Valentino My Rockstud Striped Frame and Loewe Amazona 75 Small Leather Shoulder Bags: Pass with Flying Colors
There are girls who get dressed and then just toss a bag over their shoulder as an afterthought. (Clearly, I am not one of those girls.) And then there’s kind of girl who lives – and dresses – vicariously through her bags.
There are many milestones in a young girl’s life that we could talk about: her first period, her first kiss, her first pair of high heels…but given the proximity to beach season, I’m going with her first bikini. My first “grown-up” bikini (I wore two pieces as a toddler) was a red bandeau.