Pr0n friends, I am one beat blogger. But I always have energy for you, especially because I got to use my new toy for today’s post: Polyvore.com. Using Polyvore means I get to show you lots more goodies, and who doesn’t like more goodies? Today we’re going to talk about handbags and manbags: all colors, prices and styles. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
This is a hobo*. These are also hobos. The hobo bag is a curious creature in the wild, in sizes ranging from just enough for a wallet, cell phone and keys, to “Excuse me, Ma’am. Are you hiding an Olsen Twin in there?”
Hobos’ common thread is their slouchy appearance, which can also vary in degree of slouch. The pro to a hobo bag is it’s comfy casualness. It’s nearly always a shoulder bag, and comes in lots of variations.
The con to a hobo bag is that you risk looking like…a hobo. Generally, the more structured a bag, the more “formal” its appearance is; the less structured, the more casual.
The other downside is that you wind up kind of throwing everything into one big smooshy lump. Good luck finding anything in there. Even an Olsen Twin.
All details and links are at the Polyvore link, but quickly starting in the middle and then going clockwise:
Folks, men have stuff just like women. They need to carry their stuff places, just like women. Isn’t it time for a little bag equality among the sexes?
I’m proposing the Bag Equality Act of 2009, whereby all men making under $250,000/year will be given a Man Bag – free!
Until my movement gains momentum however, I urge all men to invest in one with their own funds. Few things say “I’m a grown-up” like a nice bag.
Many of them come big enough for your laptop, they come in all fabrics and styles, and you can collect them for all occasions: work, weekend, dinner – you decide!
Again, complete details available by making with the clicky, but starting with our friend the gray man, and this time going counter-clockwise (humor me): 1) Marc by Marc Jacobs Textured Patent Zip Messenger Bag, $219.99 at Bluefly.com; 2) Mark Nason Messenger Bag, $625 at EBags.com; 3) Ben Sherman Commuter Bag, $79.00 at Tobi.com; 4)Jack Spade Greene Street Canvas Nylon Field Bag, $154 at Zappos.com.
I saved this red bag for last on purpose. I love this bag so much, because it’s actually a daddy diaper bag! Check out the link for all the information on this DadGear Courier Retro Stripe Bag, there’s plenty of it. I found it for $59.95 at Bagsbuy.com, and it also comes in blue, green and orange. ♥
Bowler Bags (named because of their similarity to actual bowling bags) are very trendy right now, and for the last few years. It’s a fairly classic shape, so I’m expecting this style to stick around. Remember the divine white bowler I showed you in Clearance Pr0n?
Generally a bowler is going to be a medium to large bag; they’re maybe 60% handbags bags, and 40% shoulder bags. They frequently have shorter “drops”, but may look deceivingly long, so be sure to try them on.
Bowlers are also usually much wider at the bottom than at the top, making the bag somewhat bulky where it hits around your hip if you’re wearing it on your shoulder. I’m not discouraging you from a bowler – I adore bowlers. I’m just passing on my shopping pr0n knowledge. :)
Aren’t these bags adorable though? It kind of makes you want one in every color. Or maybe that’s just me.
Anyway, details at the Polyvore link; starting with the model and going clockwise: 1) Hayden-Harnett Trophy Bag in Blueberry, $678 at Haydenharnett.com; 2) Latico Leathers Candy Strip Bowler, $150.35 at ebags.com; 3) Vangi Front Pockets Grained Leather Bowler Bag, $261.71 at Forzieri.com; 4) Uptown Girl Bag by Big Buddha, $66 at Fredala.com; 5) Vera Bradley Black Microfiber Pleated Bowler, $50 at VeraBradley.com.
Don’t tell the other sets, but this one’s really my favorite; it just came out so pretty with all the springy green bags, don’t you think?
This set is about smallish structured bags; as shoulder bags, they may be called “satchels”; as handbags they may be called “totes”. I call them pr0n.
Advantages: these are structured bags that can go from work to weekend, and things will more or less stay where you put them. They may have an inner pocket or pouch or two or four, and they frequently have a space just for your cell phone! They may be expandable, or have an outer pocket, and they’re just ubiquitous and classic.
A tote or satchel will never go out of style, you can always find it with the latest color or trend (buckles, zippers), and they’re easy to find in every price range. If you’re stranded on a desert island and can only bring one handbag (quélle horror!) , bring your satchel or tote.
I love all of these; I want to bring them all home with me, and I don’t usually like green! Starting with our fine headless model and going clockwise: 1) Chloe Ande Small Expandable Canvas Tote, $1375 at Net-a-Porter.com; 2) Cole-Haan Small Village Box Tote, $170.82 at 6pm.com; 3) Merona Green Tote, $17.99 at Target; 4) Michael Kors Push Lock Shoulder Satchel, $378 at MichaelKors.com; 5) Kate Spade Noel Small Coal Tote (Green), $123.55 at Zappos.com; 5) Olivia Harris – Grey and Green Leather Tubular Satchel Tote, $495 at ShopKitson.com, and finally – 6) Tory Burch Patent Burch Tote, $395 at saksfifthavenue.com.
So there we are. I’ll be using Polyvore more in the future to show you how to put together outfits, or examples within a category or just because I’m bored and you’re a semi-captive audience. :D Really, thanks for being here, poppies.
Over the weekend, I’ll be doing a post on…something. But Monday is always the latest edition of Pr0n Plus!
As always, it was good for me; tell me, was it good for you?