Bright Boho Bags
Last month we noticed that some of our favorite tastemakers were opting for miniature satchels to complement their lightly layered looks as they transitioned between seasons. While those polished purses are certainly still fashionable, now that summer is in full swing, we've observed a number of stylish celebrities who are reaching for casual carryalls instead! Specifically, ladies like Sienna Miller and Rachel Bilson have started a microtrend and are making bright bohemian bags a must-have accessory. We've totally fallen for these slouchy sacks too: they add a pop of color and a dose of patterned or textural intrigue to any neutral ensemble, plus they give off a great gypset vibe that is spot-on for summer dressing! Additionally¬--and this is always a plus¬--they are enticingly functional, being large and sturdy enough to toss in a sporty swimsuit, heels, or a sweater, should your warm-weather travels require you to go from city-to-beach or day-to-night.
But before we launch into our detailed analysis of how the best of the best wield this on-trend accessory, we'll walk you through our initial sighting at the Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 10 show, where Jacobs¬--known for his youthful and slightly insouciant aesthetic¬--presented quite an exciting visual display! The collection's bright colors and loud prints created a cacophony of fun-loving ensembles, which were completed with loads of funky accessories. These cheeky oversized headbands, rainbow-bright bangles and eye-catching graphic bags provide the perfect flourish to warm-weather staples, like cutoffs and neutral basics, or, for the more adventurous dresser, mixed with neon dresses and printed pants.
In order to seamlessly translate this runway trend into everyday wear, we suggest looking to the fashionable and famous for wardrobe ideas. Take, for example Kate Hudson, who was seen toting a feisty fringe bag en route from the gym to a manicure in New York last month. Her ensemble is an ideal real-life interpretation of our featured runway look; the print-and-tassel bag adds a funky accent to her breezy silk dress while being large enough to perhaps house the script for her upcoming film Something Borrowed. Another great suggestion for this must-have accessory comes to us via Sienna Miller, who used a red and neon vintage tote to accent her musical festival basics at Glastonbury a few weeks ago. Miller's one-of-a-kind bag was actually picked up from a street vendor in Asia, further underscoring the globetrotting allure of this coveted accessory.
Of course, destination-chic iterations aren't the only way to play the bright boho game, as Sarah Jessica Parker demonstrated by with Halston Heritage's Tie Dye Sac Bag ($195) while strolling through Manhattan (while this exact style has unfortunately sold out for the season, Net-a-Porter will have a crinkled black leather version for fall!). The haute hippie hobo spruces up an otherwise neutral palette while invoking an artistic sensibility that harmonizes with her graphic tee. Though subtler in style, Rachel Bilson opted for a similarly artsy sack when she was snapped leaving the Blu Jam Caf√© on Melrose. Bilson created a perfect daytime ensemble by contrasting a striped vintage purse with the free-spirited design of her vintage blouse.
Though these totes definitely have a global-bazaar spirit, that doesn't mean you need to search the world over to find them! Au contraire, we have plenty of ideas to help you snag these trendsetters' looks. Our favorite versions of these patchwork, mirrored, and tasseled totes come to us via celebrity stylist Simone Harouche, a former subject for our insider's picks! Her line¬--Simone Camille is comprised of an amazing collection of handmade, colorful sacks, including favorites like the 3 Tier Messenger Bag ($630) and the 3 Tier Original Bag ($975). While her line is filled with lust-worthy investments, if you're looking for more of a quick fix we'd suggest Asos's Premium Patchwork Mirrored Ethnic Bag ($77). Try pairing either with American Vintage's Button Down Tank Dress ($101) in Navy to recreate Hudson's summer-in-the-city look. Yet, if it's Bilson's or SJP's style your find yourself craving, try picking up Cleobella's Ikat Boho Sack ($68) and mixing it in with Joie's Harmony Top ($228) to recreate the former's contrasting pattern ensemble or Current/Elliott's Captain Trousers ($162) if it's the latter's look that strikes your fancy!¬--Liza Kaplan