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Top 10 classic handbags right now

It seems every season we are seeking the current IT bag of the moment. While there are many IT bags on the market, there are always classic handbags out there which catch our eyes.

What is a classic handbag? To understand this, we need to ask ourselves what makes one handbag more classic than another handbag? A classic handbag is one which withstands the test of time. Timeless handbags have stood on the IT bag pedestal, and when another IT bag du jour stepped into the limelight, the previous IT bag never faltered; it never became cliché.

The reason I have titled this article “Top 10 classic handbags right now,” instead of saying “all time,” is because this list will change very year, or every few years. There are always new IT bags emerging in the fashion world which will eventually fall into obscurity, or rise to classis status.

There are several IT bags on the market right now which are hot for the moment. They may, or may not, become classics over time. To see the hottest bags on the street right now, visit my post here. For classic handbags, read on!

Without further adieu, here are the top 10 classic handbags right now.

  1. Hermes Birkin or Kelly: Groundbreaking right? You already knew this one! The Birkin and the Kelly have sleek lines and they are customizable in different sizes, colors, and fabrications. There is nothing gimmicky about the styling. The silhouette is chic and timeless, making it a classic handbag.

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  2. Givenchy Antigona: Say whaaaat? Oh yes, this is the perfect example of a recent IT bag turned classic IT bag. The Givenchy Antigona has slid into the closet staple category; everyone feels the need to own at least one. It has a classic doctor bag silhouette and is offered in mini, small, medium and large sizes as well as several colors, and different fabrications. This is must-have for the modern age.

  3. Chanel Classic Flap or 2.55 shoulder bag: Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Every handbag fan out there needs at least one in her closet. The classic flap and the 2.55 come in mini, small, medium, and jumbo versions. All sizes are hot, all colors enviable, and all fabrications lust worthy.

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  4. Chanel Boy bag. Another example of a recent, modern IT bag turned classic. This bag has an edgy slant to it, surprising many when it became an instant hit. Since Chanel keeps reinventing this now-classic style every season, it is one of the most sought-after handbags of all time. Invest in at least one. It is the ultimate classic, casual shoulder bag to own.

  5. Chloe Marcie satchel: This casual, closet staple has held IT bag status for over a decade. The popular colors include black, beige, and caramel. This is a great everyday bag Chloe Girls love to own! It has an unique design which is slightly boho. The bag is easy to use and extremely durable, making it the IT bag for everyday.
  6. Gucci Boston Bag: This is a classic duffle satchel. It has been around fooooor-eva! The Gucci Boston is an everyday bag which is quite casual. It has a roomy interior making it great for girls who like to tote a lot of things around. Vintage versions can be found for well under $1000, making it a budget-wise purchase from the pre-loved market.
  7. Stella McCartney Falabella Tote: This vegan handbag is loved by celebrities and comes in small or large sizes. The Falabella is also available in many different colors making it a fun, everyday bag. The smaller versions can be worn for dressier occasions; not formal, just dressy.

  8. Balenciaga City Tote: The City Tote put handbag zippers and tassels on the map. This soft and scrunchy bag is roomy and practical, making it a go-to everyday bag on casual days. Balenciaga introduces it in new colors every season creating a market of superfans who collect the bag in every color imaginable. The most popular color among handbag lovers is Anthracite.
  9. Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote: This might be one of the most recognizable totes on the planet. The plain, simple design of the Neverfull has made it an easy go-to tote for Fashionistas everywhere. Almost everyone has it in their closet. It is a go-to when traveling, beach-bound, and the like.

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  10. Chloe Drew: This chic, 1970s inspired shoulder bag has a very of-the-moment saddle bag silhouette, yet it has proven to withstand the test of fleeting IT bag status. The Chloe Drew is extremely sought after, and continues to sell well in every color, fabrication, and unique style Chloe has thrown to market. This is most the modern of the current, classic IT bags.

What do you think of the handbags that made the list? Any surprises or bags you felt were missing? Data for this list was compiled through social media post frequency, natural observation throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and online popularity. I worked on collecting data for this list over the course of six months, I hope you enjoy it! Feel free to comment below, I would love to hear what you have observed where you live too!

Thanks for stopping by

XOXO

Cathy


Studded moto jacket

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Wearing: Kendra Scott earrings / MAC Lipstick / BR turtleneck sweater (sold out, similar here)  / faux leather studded moto jacket c/o Tart Collections (use code HOLIDAY20 to save 20% off now ’till 12-30-2016)/ Kendra Scott ring / c/o Essie nail polish / Givenchy handbag / Gap two tone jeans (on major sale! avl in petite & tall too) / booties (old, similar pair here)

If you just looked at the above photo, don’t worry, I was not run over by a car during this photo shoot. That is our friend in the car who laughed a little bit when he saw us shooting photos, and we quickly moved aside for him. His car looks much closer to me in the photo than it actually was! haha I digress. . .

How fabulous is this studded moto jacket! It is designed by San Francisco Bay Area based fashion brand Tart Collections. I love love love Tart Collections! Not only are they based here in the Bay Area, they make the perfect, most fabulous attire for our California Casual lifestyle. Love that!

This moto jacket has the most intricate studded design. To make it even more appealing, the jacket is vegan leather. Love that! So very Bay Area 😉

Since our weather has been chilly lately, I have been wearing this jacket over a thin sweater; as pictured in this post. The jacket itself it not too thick, so when the weather starts to change in the spring season, it will be easy to transition with a long sleeve tee underneath, then short sleeves. It is perfect for staying warm when the fog rolls in this spring!

Tart collections run true to size. I wear a 6/8 and this jacket is a size medium. It fits perfectly! You can find this jacket, and more fabulous pieces online at TartCollections.com. Be sure to use coupon code HOLIDAY20 now through December 30, 2016 in order to save 20% off your purchase. Love that!

Outfit details:


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One more thing! Moto jackets are going to be a HOT trend this upcoming spring/summer 2017 season. They were all over the runways in New York! This is a great moto jacket to buy now, using the 20% off coupon code HOLIDAY20 before Dec 30, 2016. You can wear it right now and rock this spring trend before everyone else! I love beating others to a new trend, don’t you? It rocks!

The gold studs fit perfectly into more spring runway trends from New York. Metallic hues, as well as heavy embellishments, are all hot trends from the New York runways for the upcoming spring season. This jacket just hits all the points. Love that!

You can save 20% off your purchase with coupon code HOLIDAY20 at TartCollections.com  now through December 30, 2016.
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Aren’t the details on this studded moto jacket in faux leather by Tart Collections fabulous! I am in love!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Pantone color of the year 2017

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Photo courtesy of Pantone

It is that time of year again! Pantone has announced the color of the year, 2017! The color of 2017 is named by Pantone as “Greenery.”

Greenery of course is exactly what it’s name implies; it’s green. This is a natural green hue. It is a medium green which will be easy to wear as a neutral tone in 2017. Greenery also happened to be splashed all over the New York Fashion Week runways for the spring/summer 2017 seasons. You can read more about that here.

Here is a green moment from New York Fashion Week spring/summer 2017.

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Photo from Supima Design Comp. Read about it here.

What do you think of Greenery for 2017? Is this a color you can see yourself wearing throughout the year?

I have to admit, I like Greenery! Green is already one of my favorite colors behind blue and purple. I have a few pieces in my wardrobe which are around this green hue, so I am looking forward to pulling them out to wear in 2017.

Green lace on the A Detacher spring 2017 NYFW runway. 

In addition to Greenery, look for military green in the spring/summer 2017 family of green hues. If Greenery isn’t your thing, you can look to military green as your way of rocking the green trend in 2017.

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Military Green on the Marissa Webb spring/summer 2017 runway. Read about her show here.

Although Greenery did appear on the runway quite often for the spring/summer 2017 season in New York, many designers mixed it into prints, as you can see above from Supima, rather than use it as a solid color. It should be interesting to see, now that Greenery was deemed the Color of the Year 2017, if it appears in a solid state on store shelves for spring, or if designers keep it mixed in patterns.

Vivienne Tam spring 2017 NYFW runway. She mixed Greenery in prints for spring.

Stay tuned! I will be attending the shows at New York Fashion Week this upcoming February to see what will be hot for the fall/winter 2017/2018 seasons. Do you think Greenery will be a hot color for fall too? I will let you know!

Thanks for stopping by,

XOXO

Cathy

*All photos by me except Vivienne Tam. Photos from Vivienne Tam’s runway are press photos courtesy of Vivienne Tam