Goodwill Gems: The Chic Lady Handbag

As the weather gets hotter, the clothing gets riskier. How can a girl keep it elegence in a Spring & Summer full of flirty, feisty fashion? Easy. With a Chic Lady Handbag! No matter what you pair it with (hotpants? miniskirts?) this little staple gives you a touch of throwback femininity. Need proof? Our Goodwill Gem columnist Lauren Haslett packs a whole lot of refinement into her latest local Goodwill find – take a look:

Basic black is jazzed up here with a funky-feeling exterior and a bit of shine.

Warm weather is finally, finally here! And with higher temps and spring rains (we’ve obviously had plenty of those already, too) come parties, free concerts, barbecues, picnics, lunches, and brunches (whew!). So what to stash all your goodies, hostess gifts, tickets and other treats in? Why, this week’s accessory find, of course!

The color may not scream summer (sorry, my fashionable friends), but that’s the point. Black is sophisticated, elegant, and timeless. We all know that living in the city makes black not only acceptable, but essential, no matter the season. The textured material and added sheen on this purse give it a little punch, though, making it a fab pick to pair with all your spring and summer brights. Even better, it can be worn both with and without the darling little chain strap, so it morphs from fancy clutch to more casual handbag in a pinch.

So how to wear this demure little handbag, you ask?

Flirty & feminine - & begging to be anchored by a chic lady handbag!

Light, wily fabrics and fem, flirty prints to the rescue! This bag is a party-perfect find, no matter what kind of shindig you’re planning to attend. Whether your season will be filled with cocktail parties, casual backyard get-togethers or raging concerts, this is just the thing to bring along. And because it’s such a flexible piece, it’s great for a day of hopping around town an event you’re not quite sure how to dress for, because it’s large enough to hold some extras along with your basic cash, keys and chapstick. You could easily stash more formal makeup, jewelry (even a folded pair of flats or flip flops?!) if need be.

For such an open-ended day of fun, you need an outfit that can easily fit into any environment, too – think casually, easily pretty. Slip this bag over the shoulder of a flowing floral (or otherwise prettily printed) dress, add a pair of sexy sandals, and you’ll be set to make an entrance at any event this spring or summer, no matter where you end up.

What Goodwill Gem of yours anchors your more flirty warm-weather fashions? Tell me about it in the comments here, share a photo on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. I love seeing your style, so keep us posted! Stay classy, New York & New Jersey!

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