Easy, Eclectic Charm

Give your winter wardrobe a breath of fresh air. No matter how basic your clothing selection, a few carefully curated accessories are all you need to give your wardrobe new life. My chosen gem this week is a darling little purse in black cloth and leather, with a bold, graphic print in vivid primary colors. The red, yellow and blue print is certainly eye-catching, and clearly reminiscent of some of the patterns we’ve come to recognize as iconic of certain Native American tribes, like the Navajo (though this is obviously much less intricate than those traditional prints). This bag is big enough to easily tote everyday basics, like a wallet, sunglasses, and key makeup items, but not so large that you’ll end up stuffing it with an entire extra closet worth of stuff and bogging yourself down in the process. The long strap means it’s easy to wear as a cross-body bag, making it a safe and conscientious choice for the city, as well as a stylish one.

black bag with colorful geometric patternsThis fantastic black bag comes in a classic shape, but is instantly livened up with a colorful geometric pattern, making it an ideal piece to add a little pizzazz to a plain outfit.

With one well-chosen accessory, you can make simple pieces feel like something special. This week’s fabulous Goodwill find is just that kind of fun, funky accessory that can make even a plain white tee-shirt suddenly feel like a put-together outfit. Here, I’ve paired this adorable purse with a slightly more sophisticated take on the classic jeans and tee – in place of plain denim, I’ve opted for a pair of bright blue, stretchy, skinny jeans on bottom, which nicely echoes the vivid shade of blue found in the bag’s pattern. On top, I’ve gone with a loose, flowing, sleeveless blouse in a crisp white. This top is idea on its own for summer, but too chilly in the midst of winter, so I’ve topped off the look with one more layer – a cleanly cut, classic black blazer, which does a fabulous job of pulling the whole simple, but surprisingly chic look together.

flowing white blouse, fitted black blazer and bright blue pantsThis darling purse makes a bold fashion statement when paired with simple, classic pieces every woman should already have in her wardrobe, like a go-with-everything white blouse and perfectly fitted black blazer.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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