Back to (Fashion) School
Pretty soon, it will be Labor Day. Warm nights and days at the beach are almost gone, and it’s time to get back in gear – ready for school, ready for longer work days and weeks, ready to be and look and feel totally professional again.
But that doesn’t mean you have to be boring. Yes, fall is the time to buckle down and get serious, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like an old frump every time you head out to class or work or an important meeting. You can look professional while still giving your look a bit of personality, and that’s exactly what this week’s Goodwill gem can help you do. Find a beautiful, sleek, and still completely practical black leather bag like this one, and you’re set for the year! It’s relaxed and fun, with a slightly slouchy, boho-inspired feel to it that’s perfect for days (or nights) out with friends – but the casual-chic shape is balanced by the classic black leather material, which gives this purse a sophisticated and dressier feel that makes it ideal for work days, too. The long strap, numerous pockets and larger (but not enormous) size mean this bag is just right for holding all of your everyday essentials and helping you tote them around comfortably.
Don’t overdo it. The key to looking perfectly put-together and yet still feeling comfortable in your skin is not trying too hard – put forth some effort to coordinate an appropriate look, but don’t go overboard, and allow yourself to choose pieces that you feel at ease in – no lady truly looks chic and stylish if she looks horribly uncomfortable. Here, I’ve paired my sweet new leather bag with a pair of totally classic, slim-cut black pants – the kind of pants you can wear for years and years, with absolutely anything, and always feel good in. My new bag goes so perfectly with these bottoms because they’re basically two of a kind – comfortable, sleek, classic black pieces that you always feel good in, and that never go out of style. On top, I’ve added a blouse in pale pink and an airy, silky fabric to lighten up the whole look (summer’s not over yet!), but you could just as easily wear a pair of pants and purse like these with darker, long-sleeved blouses or sweaters throughout the fall and winter for an equally polished (but still cozy and weather-appropriate) look.
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.