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Revival of the Classic Handbag

The classic handbag has been revived and old time favorites have been replaced with new age must-have wardrobe essentials. Remember the muse and speedy totes of the days of yore, the immutable styles of undeniable functional and creative design? Well, keeping up with the times will pay off with the few avant bag designs that have moved up to the ranks of classic must-have bag styles.

 Here is a list of some revolutionary handbag designs that have been bumped up to status of the new ‘classic’.

 Structured Tote

 Sleek, elegant and clearly stylish, this style of bag is the epitome of classic. Ever sophisticated in its simple and functional design, the stylish structured tote is ideal for everyday meetings and events. Versatile and the modern office goer’s best friend, this kind of bag carries stylistic characteristics without appearing overly old-fashioned. The modern take on this classic number lends even more appeal to this definitive handbag. Continue Reading

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Fun-Size Your Wardrobe up with Funky Mini Handbags

Small or fun-size is all the rage today. A trend that’s in to stay, the mini handbag is a delightful pint-sized version of classic and favorite bag designs. Compact and conveniently equipped with long shoulder straps, mini handbags work well as a handy day bag, or even when out for a fun night with the girls.

Keep things to a minimum with the ever-accessible mini handbag. A fresh way to get around town with nothing more than your bare essentials, the mini bag has been reintroduced to mainstream fashion and the hottest addition to any fashionable wardrobe.

Here is a look at some hot and cute minis, which are definite wardrobe must-haves. Continue Reading

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College to Real-World Style: Janice of A Damsel in a Dress

In preparation for a new school year, Handbag Heaven University snagged a little closet inspiration from the most put-together college gals and twenty-somethings we know. Take a peek at how they styled the must-haves featured on our college closet timeline, and be sure to check back regularly for more college-to-real-world style cues!

college campus highlights on fashion and life

We can’t get enough of today’s HHU blogger, Janice Thi Tran of A Damsel in a Dress. Her impossibly perfect style — complete with flowy pieces, classic accessories, and street-chic staples — are one of the many reasons we love her. Janice is studying Fashion Merchandising Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Take a look at her must-have college to real-world style pieces for fall:

Leather Jacket

leather jacket chic

Leather jacket chic

Leather Jacket

What to wear with a leather jacket

Crossbody Bag

cute nautical outfit

crossbody bag

(Yep! That’s our Minnie crossbody!)

Functional Boots

Functional booties

booties

white on white with booties

Basic Pumps

basic pumps

holographic pumps

Modest Mary Janes

Cute fall look - Mary Janes

Modest Mary Janes

Bold Necklace

Bold necklace

Bold necklace - must-have!

Thanks to Janice for sharing her collegiate style with us! Be sure to pin our interactive timeline From Freshman Gal to Real-World Lady: Building a College Wardrobe for future inspiration, too!

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College to Real-World Style: Lauren of Someone Like You

In preparation for a new school year, Handbag Heaven University snagged a little closet inspiration from the most put-together college gals and twenty-somethings we know. Take a peek at how they styled the must-haves featured on our college closet timeline, and be sure to check back regularly for more college-to-real-world style cues!

college campus highlights on fashion and life

Today’s HHU highlight is the impossibly-chic Lauren of Someone Like You. This style blogger studies Fashion Merchandising at Kent State University and knows a thing or two about incorporating vintage and vintage-inspired clothing into her college wardrobe. We love it when Lauren incorporates ladylike silhouettes, classic prints, or a pop of color on her lips!

Browse her college-to-real-world staples perfect for fall:

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress - HHU Blogger Lauren of Someone Like You

Little Black Dress Inspiration - HHU Blogger Lauren of Someone Like You

Chic Flats

Chic Flats - HHU Blogger Lauren of Someone Like You

Chic Flats Inspiration - HHU Blogger Lauren of Someone Like You

Ladylike Satchel

Ladylike Satchel 60s Outfit Inspiration

Ladylike Satchel 60s Inspiration

Fall Outfit Inspiration - Ladylike, Black, White, Red

Yes, that’s a Handbag Heaven satchel! Unfortunately the one Lauren is wearing is out of stock, but check out look-alikes here, here, and here, or browse our collection of satchels here. We promise you’ll find one calling your name. ;)

Modest Mary Jane

Retro Mary Janes - HHU Outfit Inspiration

Mary Janes for Fall - HHU Outfit Inspiration

Everyday Cardigan

Comfy Cardigan - College to Real-World Staple

Everyday Cardigan - HHU Fall Clothing Inspiration

Psst … view her latest everyday cardigan look (we’re obsessed) here!

Thank you to the lovely Lauren for sharing her style, and make sure to check back for more collegiate looks. Be sure to stow away our interactive timeline From Freshman Gal to Real-World Lady: Building a College Wardrobe for future inspiration, too!

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College to Real-World Style: Demi of Astronaumica

In preparation for a new school year, Handbag Heaven University snagged a little closet inspiration from the most put-together college gals and twenty-somethings we know. Take a peek at how they styled the must-haves featured on our college closet timeline, and be sure to check back regularly for more college-to-real-world style cues!

college campus highlights on fashion and life

Our next highlight is Demi of Astronaumica. Demi is a twenty-something style blogger who pairs glam, classic, and street styles together for a uniquely-chic look that’s perfect for real-world livin’. Steal some style cues from Demi, and learn how to take your real-world staples to the next level:

Skinny Jeans

Real-world Staples: Skinny Jeans

Real-world Style: Skinny Jeans

Real-world Style: Skinny Jeans

Dressy Blouse

Real-world Style: Dressy Blouse

Real-world Style: Dressy Blouse

Tasteful Trousers

Real-world Style: Tasteful Trousers

Classic Blazer

Real-world Style: The Classic Blazer

Thank you to Demi for sharing her sophisticated style, and make sure to check back on the blog from now through September for more real-world-lady looks. Don’t forget to save our interactive timeline From Freshman Gal to Real-World Lady: Building a College Wardrobe for closet inspiration, too!