5F Friday: Handbags
Each Friday we seem to find ourselves browsing sunny 5F for the latest looks to complete our weekend look. It only made sense to turn our regular tradition into a regular date on 5th/58th.
This week’s focus? Handbags.
It’s Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, which can only mean one thing. With May ending, Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to pull out the white jeans (which, I tend to wear year-around despite the old rule), summer shades, cotton dresses, and open-toed shoes. But, you can’t neglect one of the most essential items for starting a new season – the handbag. So, this week we’ve put together a selection of our 5 favorites that will take you from South Hampton, to a rooftop soiree, to a brunch down in SoHo, and everywhere in-between.
The Take-it-to-Work Bag
Phillip Lim‘s classic zip-up tote is just big enough to lull around everything you need for the office, yet wearable and classic enough to have it become your throw-it-all-in casual daytime bag. This colorblock bag is two-toned on the front and a refreshing solid white on the back.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM 31-Hour Bag (online in Limon or White), 212 872 2843
The Dress-It-Up Clutch
Clutches are great, but clutches with a removal chain are even better. We like dancing and having our hands free to hold that summer cocktail at our dinner party or charity event. Diane von Furstenburg smartly designed these clutches in an array of colors to suit your taste, and this style has sequins just on one side allowing it to be worn more dressed up or dressed down. Our favorite part is the earthy fastener that gives the piece a whimsical feel.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Lytton Sequin/Patent Minaudiere, 212 872 8901
Textured bags are great for sprucing up an outfit and we like the neon trim that gives this MARC by Marc Jacobs bag a splash of bright. We’re crazy about neon, but for those who like the more subdued, this crossbody provides it!
MARC BY MARC JACOBS Solid Straw Jane’s Friend Elaine Bag, 212 872 2840
Looking for a bigger bag? Another, MARC by Marc Jacobs textured Crossbody..
MARC BY MARC JACOBS Intergalactic Ozzie Nova Bag, 212 872 2840
Backpacks have been given quite the update since Cher made them popular during the Clueless days. These are not your typical school-girl bags. Alexander Wang‘s take is a sleek one-shouldered bag that anyone can wear.
ALEXANDER WANG Slit Detailed Gold Sling Bag, 212 872 2843
Ah, lastly, the always needed large summer bag. As much as we love the cliched stripes and woven beach bags, this blue Jerome Dreyfuss can be taken on any of your weekend adventures – not just to the ocean. This bag has a cozy worn-in feel with expanded zippers on the side, allowing you to pack more or less as needed. The extra pouches and inside pockets are a plus for keeping track of your phone and vacation essentials.
JEROME DREYFUSS Max Veau Cieu Bag, 212 872 8901