Bringing Classy Back

Sure, all we’re thinking about now is the perfect party dress.

Christmas and Hanukkah are over (and so is Kwanza, almost), New Year’s Eve is almost here, and most of us are shopping for brilliant, sparkling bling and assessing our shoe collection to see if, maybe this year, we finally own something that’s glamorous and that we can stand in until that ball drops at midnight.

But all those fancy clothes, while very pretty, are also usually very comfortable. Which is why, at this very moment, I’m not thinking about sequined party dresses and sky-high stilettos. No, I’ve already had just about enough of all that, and especially after so many massive holiday meals, all I’m looking forward to is New Year’s Day – when the parties will be over, and I can relax in something comfy and maybe meet a good friend or two for brunch. And that’s why I was so spectacularly pleased to find this week’s darling find – this casual but bright gem of a bag – at my local Goodwill thrift shop this week. This purse is the perfect piece to start off a new year with – a vibrant shade of coral, this fabric bag is soft and flexible. So, not only will the lively hue brighten all those blah January days ahead, but the sack can easily expand a bit to hold absolutely everything you might need as you try to jump back into the swing of things after a relaxing holiday break.

IMG_4096In a laid-back style and beautiful bright coral color, this bag is just what every stylish girl needs to start the new year off right!

Get on your go-to weekend wear.

If New Year’s Eve is all about partying like a rock star, then New Year’s Day needs to be all about recovering like one. To go with my charming, perfect-for-weekend-brunch bag, I’ve chosen a favorite, and well worn-in, pair of stretchy black pants and a totally cozy gray tee with a funky, graphic pattern. It’s not even remotely fancy, but the bold graphic print and asymmetrical cut on the tee-shirt still makes this outfit a little fun – without making it feel like too much work. On top of all that, what I have long since deemed my “grandpa sweater,” aka an extra-long, extra-soft gray cardigan that makes every outfit feel just that much cozier. It’s cute, comfortable, and perfect for a relaxed weekend post-partying, but it is a bit on the dark side, which is why this week’s gem is the perfect accessory to jazz it up!

IMG_4820Effortlessly cool and oh-so-comfortable, this easy style is ideal for the day after serious partying, when you want nothing more than peace, quiet, and a casual midday meal with friends.

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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