Goodwill Gems: The Two-Tone Satchel

Cool and classic – that’s the look our Lauren‘s going for when the thermometer soars in NY/NJ.  Our ever-stylish correspondent beelined it to her local Goodwill on a search for ladylike refinement – a bag big enough to hold her lipgloss, an ice-pack and a miniature fan. Introducing this week’s Goodwill Gem: the Two-Tone Satchel.

Sometimes simplicity is ultra-chic, and this two-toned bag in soft black and brown leather and a 21st century shape proves it.

Cool and classic. This week’s find is a modern take on the kind of classic bag no lady can live without. If you have a gem like the purse I found this week at my local Goodwill, you’ll always look polished and prepared for any occasion.

This bag gets is classically cool look from its structured shape, traditional tones, nonexistent hardware, and clean lines. But despite its lack of neon-bright colors or eye-grabbing bling, it doesn’t look retro or old-fashioned.

This bag has an updated shape – a rounded edge to its rectangular form that keeps it from looking boxy, like those bags your mother or grandmother sported back in their heyday in the über-mod 60s.

Even though this bag is made only of simple, neutral black and brown leathers, combining the two tones gives this handbag a modern edge that takes it from granny to good-girl chic.

This bag may have plenty of updates to an old-school, traditional style that keep it from being boring or old lady-ish. But because it still has that classic feel to it, you can use this purse to top off almost any look – especially a sleek, professional style that needs a posh accessory to finish it.

So how to wear it? You can keep it tailored and professional, or…

Perfectly polished in every way, a sweet (and slightly sultry) sundress is just the right partner for this bag, also a fresh take on a classic piece.

… you can have a little fun! As you can see, I’ve gone for fun – it’s summer after all! The floral print, cutout top and daringly short mini skirt keep this dress from looking too prim and proper – so to me, it seemed like this dress and my new bag were a perfect match.

The dress is still only in neutral shades though – the perfect excuse to tie the look together with a big piece of statement jewelry. Grab a large bangle or big, bold earrings in a vibrant hue like red or pink and you’re set! Retro, sizzle, style and cool all in one perfectly put-together look!

What’s your favorite classic cool style find for crazy summer heat? Tell us (or better yet, share a link & show us) your favorite Goodwill Gem find in the comments below – or post a photo of your thrift look on our Facebook page or send @GoodwillNyNj a tweet. GoodwillNyNj & I love seeing your style. Keep us posted!

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