Goodwill Gems: The Perfect Straw Tote

We’re feeling the Fever – Spring Fever, that is! With gorgeous weather, flower buds and sunshine in mind, our Lauren Haslett practically floated to her local Goodwill to see what Spring has sprung. The resulting treasure is this week’s Goodwill Gem…: the Perfect Straw Tote.

Thanks to its two-tone color scheme and mixed materials, this ever-classic straw bag looks positively modern!

Hello, spring! When the skies are this blue, I want to spend all day under them; don’t you? So what better way to embrace the new season than by grabbing a new-to-you bag sturdy enough to take you everywhere under the sun?

This week’s find is a stunning two-toned straw and leather bag that will easily hold your favorite pair of flats or a light scarf for those windy spring days, along with your basic purse stuffers like your wallet, phone, lipstick, and even a book for the daily commute.

The dyed black straw is a perfect material for spring and summer, adding texture to this piece while keeping it neutral enough to wear with anything. The brown leather strap and accents add a classic, sophisticated touch that keeps this bag looking chic.

Despite it’s a hobo design (able to that will hold a ton), the form keeps this bag from look sloppy. Its long, over-the shoulder strap and neutral color combo makes it easy to throw on and go. Clearly I’m smitten. But now.. how to dress it?

One of the big trends this spring (and every spring, really) is bright, bold, beautiful floral prints. This neat and classic-looking piece is just screaming for some fresh color and a daring print. Here, I’ve paired it with one of my fave floral dresses in a light, breezy cotton:

Thrown over the shoulder of a sweet sundress, this black-and-brown hobo-style bag really stands out.

Still, you could just as easily pair it with any other floral in any other color family, with a floor-sweeping maxi in a brave geometric print, or with an ensemble in an array of the candy-colored separates that are so of-the-moment – try a pair of skinny cropped jeans in your favorite bright and a tee in a more subtle, subdued version of the same shade.

How would you style a straw tote like this – and what Goodwill Gems have you found this (nearly) Spring? Come tell us! Write about your fashion fun in the comments here, post a photo of a fav look on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. GoodwillNyNj & I love seeing your style, so keep us posted!

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