I have to admit, there’s something subdued and luxuriously languid about Fall in general…and October in particular. While I don’t pay much attention to Halloween, this somber and spooky month does seem to put me under some kind of spell or mood, but in a good way. It’s probably the anticipation of reviving the winter wardrobe as the Texas heat reluctantly surrenders to Autumn. Yes, it must be excitement, as the universe ushers in a welcomed change of seasons, both in terms of nature and fashion. I’m a big fan of color, but we all know that black is infinitely, if not fundamentally, stylish.
Take this memorable look from Carrie Bradshaw (who could forget anything she wears!) in the Sex and the City movie. You remember, this is right after the scene in which Miranda quips that the only two Halloween costume options for women are witch and sexy kitten. Somehow, Carrie seems to channel both in this black on black number. She exudes tough-girl-chic and vulnerability effortlessly. After all, in this scene, the still-single Carrie confronts her Vogue bridal shoot- and her failed attempt at marriage to Mr. Big. Despite Carrie’s disastrous relationship woes, I literally wanted to applaud this ensemble when I saw it. I love dark colors and black really is beautiful!
Then I started thinking, “this overall look has a sort of modern goth, sexy witch thing going on- what handbags have the same look and feel?” Below, you’ll find some of my favorite “bewitching bags”- I really am spellbound!
I fell for this adorable “bat-eared” clutch about 2 years ago online- admittedly it was in white when I first laid eyes on it. But I’ve been obsessed with it ever since! It sold out before I could get one, and I’ve been looking for another in white ever since. Photo credit: www.thisnext.com
Is it just me, or do the side pockets make this purse look like a rotisserie chicken? I do love the diagonal zippers…not too much fuss, but just the right touch of metal and leather fringe. Photo credit: Avelle.com
Here’s the same bag in cognac…I think I actually like this one more than the black purse. Surprisingly, the hardware pops a little more against the brown. Photo credit: Avelle.com
I love the shape of the Treesje purse, and the studs toughen it up. If possible, this would look good worn cross-body style as well. Photo credit: www.thepurselover.com
I’m usually not a fan of the “quilted” look or patent leather for that matter, but the marriage of the two here is just so apropos! I love that Prada did something different with the quilted pattern, as the structual zig zags add visual interest to the bag. Photo credit: www.kaboodle.com
Last thing, if anybody knows the designer of the coat Carrie’s wearing, PLEASE let me know. I did find out that the studded belt is vintage and that Patricia Field was selling exact replicas on her site here. Original price was $120 but now it’s 50% off! However, it seems the only size left is XS. Now that’s just evil.