Page 42

SS STYLE + SHOPPING

in the

Bag

THIS SUMMER, THERE’S NO REASON FOR YOUR PURSE TO NOT BE THE FOCAL POINT OF YOUR WARM-WEATHER OUTFITS. BY RYANN GORDON

It’s that time of the year when you’re probably going to be hauling loads of baggage as you bounce from picnics to cookouts, swimming pools, the zoo and just about any outdoor area you can find. And, it’s going to get hot; you’re going to need that backup makeup, extra deodorant, baby wipes, face wipes, hair spray, and body spray. So, how’s a girl to lug around her entire vanity while also trying to brave the Oklahoma heat and stay looking fabulous along the way? Mary Poppins taught us that a woman’s bag can never be too big, while modern trends have trained us to shrink our purses. Well, neither rule is right or wrong — you can do both. It seems that every summer purses expand from cute and dainty spring clutches to oversized, overly-colorful duffle bags that are not always appropriate for every situation. Don’t toss out your adorable, little Thumbelina purse just yet, though. Keep a sizable bag handy for those days when you’re towing a load and stay true to the old airplane trick and throw your mini-purse inside the carry-on.

42 JUNE 2017

Go Big For those summer afternoons, you’re going to want to bring all your goodies and essentials. So, it’s time to break out those larger-than-life purses that resemble something closer to a travel bag. We’ve seen celebrities sporting these handheld duffle bags from Soho to Los Angeles, and it’s a street style that is functional as well as fashionable. Another trend is massive, reusable bags that can contain all your groceries as well as your beauty products. Large, floppy tote bags in crisp, fresh colors (especially white) could be your No. 1 summer essential as you bounce from farmer’s markets to parks and pools. If the oversized tote or duffle bag isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, don’t forget about our favorite, childhood accessory — the backpack. Opt for a large printed backpack that will fit your nighttime purse, makeup bag, towels, bathing suits, and a change of clothes. For something a bit more chic, like a cinch-top, leather, fashion backpack that will bounce casually from day to night without breaking any rules.

Itty-bitty Although the oversized bags are a necessity for the summer, they aren’t always appropriate for all nighttime looks or scenarios. Inside your backpack or tote you’ll want to have a smaller purse to throw over your shoulder before dinner. This year, it’s all about the teeny, tiny purses. Miniature matchbox purses and coin bags dolled up with chain straps and frilly add-ons make an adorable addition to outfits that already have a lot going on. And although they only fit nothing more than your card and phone, they’ve got enough sass. Clutches are one of the more timeless looks that will dress up any nighttime ensemble. Semi-clutches that double as purses, with a wrist strap or one thick handle across the side for grasping, are also popular.

Profile for Preview 918

June 2017 (Vol. 31, No. 6)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 For over 30 years, Preview has been the best resource for dis...

June 2017 (Vol. 31, No. 6)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 For over 30 years, Preview has been the best resource for dis...