I am so glad to be back in the United States and glad to share some great international findings with all my readers. Strolling around Paris was wonderful enough, but when I discovered the fashion was as great as advertised, Paris suddenly became even more wonderful. Although San Diego weather permits and sometimes doesn’t permit some fashion trends, San Diego weather will not bar me from discussing but some fun fashion that is a hit in Europe.
Everywhere I looked, chains replaced the typical leather shoulder strap-on purses. Chain handle bags were huge! Not only are the Chanel bags prevalent but all kinds of designers are taking the chain into full affect.
Elegance is the first word that comes to mind when I think of chain strap handbags. They exude elegance and composure. My favorite affordable bag with a chain strap is from Henri Bendel. This bag is simplicity at its best. The beige and black color scheme is without a doubt the most basic, and best, color scheme combination to own if you like to keep up with trends but like to reuse and reinvent trends. This bag won’t go unnoticed and won’t go under used either. It’s one of those bags that will become the “go to” bag.
→ Buy the Henri Bendel No. 9 Quilt Camera Bag, $328.00, at henribendel.com.
Sticking to another classic color but different chain strap, I chose a Tory Burch tan leather bag that is an eternal bag if you can resist taking it everywhere and protect it from getting beat up. This specific bag is casual and chic – a perfect day bag without feeling overdressed. It’s a small vintage-inspired bag that will keep your essentials organized and permit you to carry the items you can’t live without.
→ Buy the Tory Burch Pouchette - Robinson Chain, $425.00, at bloomingdales.com.
I am obsessed about my next feature. Is it an everyday bag with limitless outfit options? No! However, this bag comes in two fun loving colors - African Violet and Moroccan Green. This is similar to the Tory Burch bag, because it also has a vintage look with a modern, sleek look, but it is more futuristic and exciting. This chain handle bag has what it takes to finish the summer off with a bang and the flexibility to permit you to wear with the snake print in the fall.
→ Buy the Kate Spade Bond Steet Ettie Bag, $173.00 (was $248.00), at katespade.com.
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.