6 Trends & 6 Bags for Spring 2017

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Fashion trends change faster than the weather and it’s not always worth it to splash out on a whole new wardrobe filled with the season’s latest ‘must-haves’ and fads. I rarely buy a piece simply because it’s trendy. Style is such a personal thing and just because magazine editors are telling you that you need something, it doesn’t mean it’s going to look good on you (I learned that the hard way with culottes). If you’re unsure if a bold new style is for you, accessories are an easy way to test the waters. As we are now officially in spring (the first day of spring was Monday), it’s time to revamp our wardrobes. With this in mind, I have rounded up six designer handbags that encapsulate six of the season’s hottest trends. Scroll down and take a gander at some serious arm-candy.

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1 //  TREND: Reptile Patterns & Patchwork

I am not someone who wears a lot of animal prints. If done wrong they can look cheap and trashy. When done right i.e. with a bit of discretion, they add just the right amount of primal sexiness to what might otherwise be a humdrum outfit. Reptile prints have been making an appearance in clothing, shoes, and accessories the past few seasons, and while I don’t have enough Rhianna-like swagger to pull off a python print dress, I would be more than happy to tote around this slinky leather hobo bag. It’s subtle enough to carry everyday, even to the office, but packs a sultry punch that makes me want to channel my inner jungle girl.

Badgley Mischka – Taryn Snake Print Panel Leather Shoulder Hobo Bag

2 // TREND: Colour Blocking

When I look at street style photography, what always grabs my attention is the way colours are mixed in a way that is totally unexpected. Colour blocking is a ‘trend’ that is definitely prevalent this season, but never really seems to go away. It’s also a quick and easy way to reinvent your wardrobe without having to buy anything else. Instead of pairing your coloured pieces with safe neutrals, mix your brights for a look that is fresh and striking. You’d be surprised at how often bright colours complement rather than compete with each other – yellow and cobalt blue is one of my favorite combos. If you’re not quite ready to break out all of your brights, a colour blocked bag will help you dip your toe into this bold trend.

Lana Marks – Frozen Chain Top Handle Ostrich Bag

3 //  TREND: Backpacks & Applique

It’s always a magical thing when function and fashion go hand in hand. Backpacks have been huge lately, with every major designer, from Chanel to Gucci, creating their own luxurious versions of this practical piece. Applique has also been prevalent in the collections of a string of heavyweight designers such as Roberto Cavalli and Giambattista Valli. Put these two bold trends together and you get this masterpiece from Carrie Bradshaw’s beloved Fendi (‘It’s a baguette!’). I wouldn’t be caught dead carrying a canvas number from Herschels unless I found myself hiking, but this bad boy? Take. My. Money.

Fendi – Embellished Floral Applique Mini Leather Backpack

4 // TREND: Fanny Packs & Nautical Stripes

For eons fanny packs have been terminally uncool and associated with judgement impaired tourists, hipsters, and socks and sandals wearing dads. Like everything else in fashion though, what goes in style must go out of style and vice versa. It’s the basic law of fashion physics. While the only one who can truly look good wearing a fanny pack is Leonardo Dicaprio, designers have been doing their best trying to make the dorky style less geek and more chic. This bag from Clare V. is the best version I’ve seen so far and earns extra style points for its nautical navy and white stripes – a timeless print and another huge trend this spring.

Clare V. – Supreme Striped Fanny Pack

5 // TREND: Top Handle

Quintessentially lady like styles have been given a major reboot this season, with movies and TV shows like Carol and Downton Abbey inspiring the collections of couturiers such as Lanvin and Jil Sander. Designers have been breathing new life into prim and proper styles – think asymmetrical cuts, luxe fabrics and edgy embellishments – and I am loving it. Top handle bags are THE it bag this season and they instantly lend a polished, demure feel to any and every outfit.

Givenchy – Real Trapeze Crocodile-effect Leather Tote

6 // TREND: Embroidery 

Did you know that February was National Embroidery Month? Embroidery is HUGE this season, with designers like Naeem Khan and Tanya Taylor splashing stitched patterns all over their couture collections. Let me tell you, this ain’t your granny’s needle point. From sweet florals to punky candy skulls, unexpected motifs are being stitched onto denim, clothing, outerwear, shoes, and handbags. This gorgeous piece from Gucci combines two of this season’s biggest trends and has a feminine, Old Hollywood-esque glamour that evokes images of Marlene Deitrich and Katharine Hepburn. Swoon.

Gucci – Sylvie Embroidered Leather Top Handle Satchel

What do you think of these trends? Do you have any favorites? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia

Embroidered Elegance

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Now, I don’t need to tell any of you that fashion is having a little love affair with the 70s right now – all you need to do is walk into any store (especially Forever 21) and it’s like walking onto the set of That 70’s Show. High-waisted flared pants, cropped blouses and peasant tops are everywhere, all in a nostalgic palette of mustard, cognac, royal blue, and emerald. I am starting to get a bit sick of all of the 70s references to be honest (blasphemy, I know) and I just want to walk into a store and find a pair of pants that are neither high-waisted, nor flared, and I want to do so with ease. That being said, one micro-trend that has emerged from under the 1970s umbrella is embroidery, and I gotta tell you, I’m super on board. From Stella McCartney and Christopher Kane to L.F Markey, high-profile fashion brands have been making their love for this textile trend very clear. What I love about embroidery this season is that it is not as overtly feminine as one might think. Sweet flowers and delicate birds are still present, but so are candy skulls, love hearts, and Asian-inspired Koi fish. Trust me, this isn’t your granny’s needlework.

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1 // White Koi Fish Embroidered Sheer Gauze Bomber Jacket

Bomber jackets are huge right now and for good reason. They are casual yet chic with an urban feel that is always effortless. This sporty staple is given a luxe update with silky white fabric and exotic Koi fish.

2 // TALL Velvet Embroidered Bomber Jacket

What do you get when you combine a sporty bomber jacket with decadent velvet and dainty embroidered flowers? Perfection. This show stopping piece would make any outfit look insta-worthy and is casual enough for day but luxe enough for night. 

3 // Anself Women’s Ethnic Embroidered Clutch/Wallet

If you’re anything like me, you get bored of carrying around the same bag for more than two weeks. This little embroidered beauty doubles as a wallet and clutch. This works for me because when I need a break from carrying it around, I can tuck it in another bag and use it as a wallet. The colourful pattern is cheerful and will lend an exotic flare to the simplest of outfits.

4 // Black Floral Embroidered A-Line Denim Skirt

This is probably my favorite piece in this list. The A-line silhouette helps to enhance my small waist while minimizing my curvier hips. The denim fabric is a classic choice and the stylized 60s-esque floral motif adds just the right amount of femininity.

5 // Bloom Beauty Heeled Smoking Slippers

Smoking slippers are one of my favorite footwear trends of the season. Their vintage vibe is reminiscent of centuries past when people dressed for every occasion, whether they were sitting down for tea, going out to lunch, or sitting down to indulge with a glass of brandy and a cigar. This embroidered pair is given a feminine update with a low heel (still perfectly wearable for everyday) and intricate, colourful flowers. I’d pair these sweet little shoes with everything, from an elegant little black dress to a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and an oversized pinstriped button down. 

6 // Yoins Lapel Striped Floral Embroidered Button Down

If there’s one item of clothing that is considered a standard staple in everyone’s wardrobe, it is the button down shirt. I have more than a few in my own closet but all too often they can look very rigid and office-like. The slightly oversized silhouette and embroidered detail on this piece gives it a little extra interest while still being subtle and appropriate for work. 

7 // Max&Co. Cotton Sweatshirt with Embroidery in Burgandy

I’ll be honest, I rarely wear sweatshirts unless I’m camping. My own style tends to be a little more formal and girly so even when I dress down, I like my outfit to feel polished. This embroidered sweatshirt ticks all the boxes for me in terms of being comfy and casual but still elevated. The rich Merlot hue screams fall and the delicate floral motif gives it a whimsical, romantic feel that I love. This is one sweatshirt that I could see myself wearing on the regular and not just when I’m in the woods by a campfire.

How do you feel about fashion’s recent love affair with embroidery? Do you have a favorite piece? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Alicia