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We all know that have the perfect handbag polishes your outfit and makes your life easy and effortless.It is an effective way to enhance even the simplest outfit and your figure.Here are 5 simple tips to set you on the road to finding your dream bag.

Buying the right bag.

1.How does it look?

Just because  it is the most exquisite think you have ever seen,it does not qualify it to be your handbag.Try it on as you would a dress in front of a full length mirror.Look at it from every angle,making sure it compliments your shape and personality.Remember that you are the star of your show and your bag is your supporting player.

The bag should be in proportion to your height and figure(shape).Here are a few pointers.

If you are petite,look for shorter handles or adjustable straps,you do not want it to hang too low on your body.Make sure it fits everything you need without being too big.If you are tall make sure than handbag does not sit too high on your body and is proportionate for your frame.An overly structured bag can be hard to pull off and pay a lot of attention to your evening bags.If you are curvy,structured bags work best and be more bold in your choices.

Here is a simple chart to show which bags complement your body type.

If you are not sure of your body type here is a tool to help you.

The bag should also fit your personality.make sure it expresses who you are.

2.How does it feel?

If you love shoulder bags,make sure the strap is a width that sits comfortably on your shoulder and does not dig in.Walk around a bit and see if the strap slips.Does the bag sit well under your arm.Make sure the metal hardware does not rub in to your body.Ask the store clerk if you can put your stuff in the bag and make sure it is not too heavy.Your handbag should not exceed 8% of your body weight.For example if you weigh a 150lbs you bag when full should not exceed 12lbs.One of the most common causes of back and shoulder pain among women is the weight of their handbag.

3.Will it keep me organized?

Check to make sure your wallet,cell phone and keys are all quickly accessible as those are the 3 things that you use the most.Nothing is more unstylish than a woman digging around in her handbag or emptying the entire contents to find something.When buying a day bag make sure it is secure and prevents items from being lost or stolen.When buying an evening bag make sure it fits all your needs.There is nothing worse that having to carry a cell phone and an evening bag in the same hand.

4.Does it fit your lifestyle?

Think about when and where you will use your bag.If you commute to work by public transportation you will want a sturdy bag that is weather resistant.If you spend a long time in a car you may want a bag that sits up so that the contents can be easily accessed.If you spend a lot of your time with kids you will need a hands free bag.Darker hues,treated leather and nylon bags stand up better to daily wear.

5.How does it compliment my clothing wardrobe?

Make sure the color and style of you bag compliments your wardrobe.You should have tones that match for work and tones that contrast for casual and fun options.If you wardrobe is all neutral get a great tan or brown for day a red for casual and a print for evening.Always remember your bag should not distract from your outfit but enhance it.

 

Your bag wardrobe

Ideally it should be tons of options that complement your clothing but there are 5 main categories that you should have in your closet.

The casual day bag-this is your bag for your days off,this is your fun bag that works well with jeans.Go for a shade that pops and a style that elevates any casual outfit.Messengers,hobos,bucket and drawstring bags work well in this category.

The structured day bag-this is your work bag,it must be versatile and organized.Go for a rich neutral shade like black,brown or tan.make sure it has polish and goes well with dressier clothes.

The tote bag-this is essential for when you are carrying a lot specially your computer.Structure,stitching and hardware elevate this bag.This bag will prevent you from having to carry multiple bags.

The evening bag-this bag is more of a statement but make sure it holds all that you need.Black,silver and gold are great colors.This is one place where you can buy a piece that makes you swoon.

The seasonal trend-this is for the true fashionista,it is fun,fabulous and fashion forward.It is a little bit of a conversation piece and a show stopper.Here are some of Spring’s Top Trends for 2019.

 

So have fun finding your perfect purse companion!

♥ Sunil

 

5 Things you must do this Fall !

Here are 5 simple things you can do to reflect this season most significant trends.

1.Rock some Red

Red is the number 1 color this season and is outselling black in certain items,if head to toe red is not your thing a great bag or shoe will do just fine.

2.Take a walk on the Wild side.

It is all about everything animal,be brave and rock an animal print coat or just be subtle and work a great print shoe

For more on this seasons must have prints go to http://sunilr.com/blog/must-have-prints-this-fall/

3.Put on some Boots

This season is all about boots,Western,Knee High or Patent it is the must have footwear of the season.

 

4.Make a Statement with a Bag

This season it is all about the statement bag,bold,colorful and lots of logos and bling.The bag is the new star of your outfit.

5.Wrap a Scarf

On your head,your neck or just about anywhere on your body it is all about the visual attention a great iconic scarf brings.

So with these 5 simple things you can up for Fashion game this Fall!

Must have Prints this Fall!

We are now firmly into Fall and it is time to rock some of this season’s must have Prints.Adding an on trend print is the quickest way to keep your wardrobe fresh and fabulous.I have spent many hours combing the stores in NYC,shopping online and pouring thru all those voluminous September issues to give you my top five.

With no hesitation I can say the number 1 spot goes to…

No surprise here because animal prints are not only year round but have been getting stronger season by season.Animal prints are available at every price point this season and they also come in every accessory imaginable.The focus is on the big cats with a very graphic quality to them and what is new is the textural element.So this season rock a sequined animal print.a plush velvet one or a shiny leather one.If cats are not your thing there is a plethora of real and imaginary animals to choose from like zebra,python,crocodile and my all time favourite dragon.If you buy just one print this season make sure it is a wild one.

The number 2 spot goes to…

Florals that usually dominate Spring and Summer are now just as important in the Fall.The seasons versions are usually on a darker ground and have a more painterly feel.Yes it is perfectly okay to wear head to toe florals in the dead of Winter.

In at number 3 comes a classic…

Some may argue that they are more of a texture as they are very often woven in to the fabric but this season they have an exuberance to them that gives them the feel of a print.They run the range from tasteful to loud but  all have a very posh undertone to them.Think of gentlemen dandies and prep school boys.

Number 4…

I have always said in fashion we love the interplay,so we go from posh to rustic.These prints are inspired by the American heartland.Think of sophisticated prairie chic.They have a very natural handmade feel to them and compliment this seasons  big bohemian trend.

Fifth place goes to…

This is one of the freshest trends we are seeing and is available from Ferragamo to Zara.It looks like your garment is made up of a bunch of beautiful scarves and the truth is if you have a bunch of stunning scarves you can recreate some of these pieces.

I had to mention this one for those of you who love florals but do not think they are suitable for the dead of winter…

We are seeing a slew of decorative prints taking their cues from opulent brocades,rich jacquards and and ornate damask.Inspired by upholstery fabrics these prints add a richness to you wardrobe and are a great way to wear print around the holidays.

So do add some print to your wardrobe this Fall as it is one of the most cost effective ways to update your wardrobe.Use a piece in a current print and surround it with some of your classics,you will be surprised as to how current it will look.

 

Must have colors for Fall 2018

 

Fall is arriving in the next couple of weeks and bringing with it a color palette that is a total sensory delight.I am not talking about the spectacular show that mother nature puts on but the one that you need to put on with your wardrobe this season.Color is the most effective way to update your look and also make you feel ready to take on the season.

I usually wait till all the stores have displayed their Fall arrivals,analyze the massive September issues and finally browse all the trendy websites before I come up with my list.Pantone does a great job with breaking down the colors shown the runway and I like to combine it with the reality of what people are actually gravitating towards.

The number 1 must have color this season is Red.I like to call it Power Red.There are two shades that are making a big impact a deeper more sophisticated pear red and a vibrant energising poppy red.All the major store windows in New York city are featuring red right now.It is an outgoing color that is all about individuality and standing out.With so many  brave women stepping forward to lead right now this is no surprise.It is also a strong color for accessories and one of the newest ways to wear it is to mix it with pink.

 

The number 2 color out there is Grey,with the tailoring and menswear trends being so strong women have borrowed this one from the boys and made it their own by giving it a very refined silver tint.Great chic color for head to toe dressing as it looks very ladylike and refined.Mix it with camel or orange for a more edgier look.

 

My third choice is Pink,normally a color associated with Spring pink is a must have this Fall.Fall’s pinks run the gambit from serene to vibrant and pairs so well with both grey and brown.A strong color for evening and surprisingly outer wear it is bound to delight the little girl in all of us and yes, it is perfectly okay to wear head to toe pink.

 

Chocolate Brown is big this Fall because it offers luxury without the calories.It is a warm sophisticated color that offers you a warmer alternative to black.With  faux fur being a major trend this Fall it perfectly lends itself to this color so does velvet and shearling two of the must have fabrics this season.

 

I give the number 5 spot to Winter White,so chic and expensive looking it breaks the fashion rule of wearing white after labor day.I love how great it looks when mixed with black and brown.White boots are a big trend this season.This is also a good color to transition you from Summer to Fall when mixed with denim.

 

 

Yellow which was a major must wear color this Spring continues to Fall moving from a sunny hue to a more spicy one.Pantone named Ceylon Yellow a must have color and originating from Ceylon I grew up surrounded by this color and am very partial to it.It signifies both warmth and optimism and mixes so well with grey and camel.Look for it in a great sweater or jacket.It is also a big color for activewear.

 

 

Bright Blue is a great accent color to add to your wardrobe this season in both sweaters and outerwear.It can brighten up a dreary Fall day and lift up your spirits.While yellow and orange are hard to wear for some of us this bright shade of blue is universally flattering.Pantone has a beautiful Nebulas Blue as part of the top color range.Mix it with grey and black for a more sophisticated urban feel or contrast it with pink or orange for that wow factor.

 

 

What is Fall without a fabulous Vibrant Orange in your wardrobe.A great pop color for outerwear it also pairs so well with black and brown.Do mix it with grey and pink this season for an unexpected twist.After all this season is about everything pumpkin.

 

 

It goes without saying that the biggest selling color for Fall is always Black, it is the color most people feel comfortable in but it does not need to be basic and boring.This season’s black is all about texture from matte to gloss from smooth to quilted and from flat to pile.Do wear head to toe black this season but mix and contrast the textures for a modern take.

So have fun with color this season and remember to wear the ones that delight your senses.

♥ Sunil

 

5 tips to find your perfect bag

We all know that have the perfect handbag polishes your outfit and makes your life easy and effortless.It is an effective way to enhance even the simplest outfit and your figure.Here are 5 simple tips to set you on the road to finding your dream bag.

Buying the right bag.

1.How does it look?

Just because  it is the most exquisite think you have ever seen,it does not qualify it to be your handbag.Try it on as you would a dress in front of a full length mirror.Look at it from every angle,making sure it compliments your shape and personality.Remember that you are the star of your show and your bag is your supporting player.

The bag should be in proportion to your height and figure(shape).Here are a few pointers.

If you are petite,look for shorter handles or adjustable straps,you do not want it to hang too low on your body.Make sure it fits everything you need without being too big.If you are tall make sure than handbag does not sit too high on your body and is proportionate for your frame.An overly structured bag can be hard to pull off and pay a lot of attention to your evening bags.If you are curvy,structured bags work best and be more bold in your choices.

Here is a simple chart to show which bags complement your body type.

If you are not sure of your body type here is a tool to help you.

The bag should also fit your personality.make sure it expresses who you are.

2.How does it feel?

If you love shoulder bags,make sure the strap is a width that sits comfortably on your shoulder and does not dig in.Walk around a bit and see if the strap slips.Does the bag sit well under your arm.Make sure the metal hardware does not rub in to your body.Ask the store clerk if you can put your stuff in the bag and make sure it is not too heavy.Your handbag should not exceed 8% of your body weight.For example if you weigh a 150lbs you bag when full should not exceed 12lbs.One of the most common causes of back and shoulder pain among women is the weight of their handbag.

3.Will it keep me organized?

Check to make sure your wallet,cell phone and keys are all quickly accessible as those are the 3 things that you use the most.Nothing is more unstylish than a woman digging around in her handbag or emptying the entire contents to find something.When buying a day bag make sure it is secure and prevents items from being lost or stolen.When buying an evening bag make sure it fits all your needs.There is nothing worse that having to carry a cell phone and an evening bag in the same hand.

4.Does it fit your lifestyle?

Think about when and where you will use your bag.If you commute to work by public transportation you will want a sturdy bag that is weather resistant.If you spend a long time in a car you may want a bag that sits up so that the contents can be easily accessed.If you spend a lot of your time with kids you will need a hands free bag.Darker hues,treated leather and nylon bags stand up better to daily wear.

5.How does it compliment my clothing wardrobe?

Make sure the color and style of you bag compliments your wardrobe.You should have tones that match for work and tones that contrast for casual and fun options.If you wardrobe is all neutral get a great tan or brown for day a red for casual and a print for evening.Always remember your bag should not distract from your outfit but enhance it.

 

Your bag wardrobe

Ideally it should be tons of options that complement your clothing but there are 5 main categories that you should have in your closet.

The casual day bag-this is your bag for your days off,this is your fun bag that works well with jeans.Go for a shade that pops and a style that elevates any casual outfit.Messengers,hobos,bucket and drawstring bags work well in this category.

The structured day bag-this is your work bag,it must be versatile and organized.Go for a rich neutral shade like black,brown or tan.make sure it has polish and goes well with dressier clothes.

The tote bag-this is essential for when you are carrying a lot specially your computer.Structure,stitching and hardware elevate this bag.This bag will prevent you from having to carry multiple bags.

The evening bag-this bag is more of a statement but make sure it holds all that you need.Black,silver and gold are great colors.This is one place where you can buy a piece that makes you swoon.

The seasonal trend-this is for the true fashionista,it is fun,fabulous and fashion forward.It is a little bit of a conversation piece and a show stopper.Here are some of Spring’s Top Trends

So have fun finding your perfect purse companion!

♥ Sunil