The Fashion Statement: It Bags are Back to Basic
Toss your roomy totes, slim clutches and bohemian bags with hardware and fringe to the back of the closet.
The It bags for fall are small and basic; ladylike, almost to the point of prim; and minimalist. Square-shaped or rectangular, the handbags often have long shoulder straps and feature a very simple fold-over envelope style flap with a simple clasp. Color schemes are fairly basic, too, with most in solid brown and tan leather and black.
These bags resemble the "pocket books" you once plucked from your mother's or grandmother's closet to play dress-up. They are ultra understated and have a conservative '80s power suit feel. With long shoulder straps the bags rest at the hip.
Hermès has resurrected the Constance, a model with an H clasp that can be worn over the shoulder or messenger style.
Phoebe Philo introduced Celine's Classic Box, a small bag with compartments, closed by a square gold clasp. The fashion flock has been seen with the bag in black, brown and red leather.
Ralph Lauren has one in shiny brown croc with a gleaming round gold clasp. Fendi has also brought back a classic: the Logo Square bag emblazoned with Fs.
Chanel's classic black quilted flap bag is commanding almost $2,000 on EBay these days. (Just beware of the fakes!)
Basic styles are also showing up on celebs, too. Lindsay Lohan may be sporting over-the-top platinum locks these days, but her simple shoulder bag offsets the look. Madonna draped a shoulder bag over her body, à la '70s style, at a recent benefit.
Or maybe Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has something to do with it. The ex model and signer always looks ladylike, if not a little prim and proper, on the arm of the French President. The look for the photo ops? Simple 60s shifts, kitten heel pumps and a simple shoulder bag. Knees and feet together, handbag held front and center.