Goodwill Gem: The Bigger-Than-You-Think Bag

We may be busy calculate the huge show of votes for our Goodwill Halloween Contest (thank you!), but we know you all are already on your way into November fashion. To help ease you into a new season of winter wonder, our Lauren Haslett hit the Goodwill trail to find an accessory that could tackle whatever came her way, from everyday work to holiday parties. What did she find? This week’s Goodwill Gem: the Bigger-Than-You-Think Bag.

Casual, stylish, and big enough to stow everything you'd need to hibernate... I mean, hit the town.

Sometimes good things come in small packages. (Like diamonds. Hint hint, Santa.) But sometimes, bigger really is better, especially when it comes to choosing the perfect bag to get you through the city’s snowy, slushy, wet winter weather. And lucky for you and me, the ultimate in winter bags showed up at my local Goodwill just in time.

With its all-over woven leather detail (reinforcing the bag while giving it stretch) in a contemporary black, this purse really is the perfect thing for any young city girl who needs to carry a lot around with her, whether for work or play. The simple silver hardware is an elegant accent to woven styling of the rest of the bag, and slouchy design conveys a laid-back feel that is still pulled together.

This is the ideal workday purse – it looks cool enough to carry around with a polished “I have a big meeting today,” kind of look, but it’s also practical enough to hold that presentation binder or your notes along with all your winter weather extras. There are interior pockets to hold smaller items like hand sanitizer, tissues or an extra pair of gloves and a large main compartment that is roomy enough to hold a pair of flats or small heels, so you can wear your snow boots on your commute but not all day long (and you don’t have to lug another bag with you – hurrah!).

So how will you wear this bag? Here’s one idea: Go for an understated but cool look. Pair this fab bag with an equally fab (and equally practical) workday ensemble.

Just add a Bigger-Thank-You-Think Bag and you're ready to go!

A slim pair of classic black trousers (easy to stuff into those snow boots without wrinkling) and a loose, blousy sweater that mimics the slouchy, casually cool feel of the bag are easy to wear yet elegant for the office, or for an after-work cocktail, coffee or bite to eat. I’ve belted the sweater here to add a more feminine touch and accentuate those girly curves in a way that’s sophisticated and office-appropriated, not showy.

What Goodwill Gem are you hunting for this November? Tell me about it in the comments here, share a photo of the finished look on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. GoodwillNyNj & I love seeing your style, so keep us posted!

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