- Bag: Crystalyn Kae
- Shirt: Splendid via Filene’s Basement
- Sweater: Zen Cashmere via Filene’s Basement
- Belt: Anthropologie
- Skinny Pants: Banana Republic
- Shoes: BR
- Necklace: made by me!
Winter break is finally here. With the students all home and most of the faculty departing as well, I’m taking the opportunity to snap a few photographs outside before I duck out too. I have to admit that this outfit was actually worn last week, but not photographed due to end of term craziness, so I’ve re-staged it. I built this look around my new Crystalyn Kae “matinee messenger” bag. You probably recognize the name because both A. and S. have reviewed other styles of bags by her. The one I picked to review is black tweed slashed with a pale green, blue, brown, and grey printed fabric, and I’ve been using it as a purse for about two weeks.
I wanted to pull the blues and greens out so I decided on this turquoise top. Thanks to the plummeting temps I decided that a grey-brown cardigan would be a necessity and also play nicely with the color palette of the bag. Finally, black pants and grey felt heels completed the outfit. But I wasn’t satisfied with just one blue-green piece, and I wanted more of the blues to pop out. Also, the sweater is pretty cropped and I thought it looked funny on me since my trousers weren’t as high waisted as they might have been. I solved this dilemma by wearing my stretchy blue and brown belt a little above the waistband of my trousers, and thus visually extended the top. I also added a turquoise beaded torsade that I’d made this summer, which is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry.
But back to the bag. It happens to be the perfect size for me as a purse and easily fits my phone, camera, iPod (yes, I carry all three of those things separately because I do not yet have an iPhone!), keys, a moleskin notebook, pens, and a small paperback… and today my favorite on–the-go game Bananagrams!
The inside pockets help keep those things organized and the top closes with a single magnetic snap. I also like that the strap is adjustable so I can wear it long as an across-the-chest messenger bag or shorter as a shoulder bag. I think this Crystalyn Kae bag is going to come into some heavy rotation during winter break, so you’ll no doubt see it again! We often have readers ask about what bags we carry, but I wanted to turn that question back to you all. What types of bags do you like the most right now? Have you found one that fits all your schoolbooks and looks stylish too? What about on days off or smaller bags? (yes, I’m mid-slip in this photo, hence the awkward pose!)