Bold and Fearless

Another unique quality of the fashion industry is the way it not only changes by year, but also by country. Take a peak in to Vogue Italia versus Elle Magazine and the differences are distinct. The European way of pairing outfits is always more fashion-forward, expensive looking, and put together rather than the American apparel choices which tend to me more relaxed, eccentric, and colorful.

The world of style is ever-changing and always accepting of the bold, brash, and unique. It never has a limit on what it is willing to do even if to the “untrained eye” it seems outlandish. Experimentation is the foundation of what makes the industry pulsate and grow. Sometimes it can be an overwhelming facet of life to try to be a part of, but one of the easiest ways to take a risk is in your handbag selection.

A purse is a staple item that is not only necessary, but also exciting. It is the least intimidating way to add a punch of color to an outfit, to experiment with a new texture, or to express your quirky side in an understated way. Just like dress shapes, heel heights, and skirt lengths have evolved over time, the purse has also managed to make many changes over the years.

Many famous handbag designers are renowned for their innovative and unconventional collections. Some of our favorite and most daring artists include Betsey Johnson, John Galliano and Moschino. Johnson’s way of using bright colors, bold patterns, and eye catching metal details makes her designs one of the most recognizable. Galliano’s use of newspaper and print inspired textiles creates a talking piece each and every time. Moschino’s constant combination of other fashion elements and everyday items in to his bags has made him a favorite amongst trendy young celebrities. As demonstrated by these designers, it is okay to get a little crazy when it comes to your accessories.

We suggest being just as brave when it comes to the selections of your own handbag purchases. Do not shy away from a purse because you think it may be a little too loud or a little too. It is for those reasons you should purchase it and style it with confidence. The times have changed and with the changes have come a better acceptance of standing out in a crowd. You no longer have to follow rules, guidelines, and expectations; you are free to make your own choices and let your inner self come out. The best and easiest way to do that is through a sassy satchel or a hip hobo or even a trendy tote.

If choosing the bizarre bag is a little too intimidating, we suggest honing in on vintage trends that are now coming back. Look for pieces that have a hint of the times passed because that is just as eye-catching and exciting as an over the top piece. You can never go wrong with a classic piece that has a modern twist because the trends of the past have helped create our current state of fashion. It is always exciting to see some of the best aspects of vintage clothing come back in new ways and 2014 is the year to embrace it to the max.