“Balenciaga bags are OVER. They’re so 2003.”
That pronouncement from a prominent style blogger a few years ago made me question my own love of this brand. I’d had a couple of the “City” style Balenciaga bags over the years, and one large crossbody style, purchased on my first Paris trip. I really liked the look and the super light weight of these bags, but once the seed of doubt was sown, I carried them less frequently, and eventually sold all but the crossbody. On multiple occasions I’ve regretted letting those bags go, and will never again let what anyone else says is supposedly “in” or “out” determine what I wear or carry.
Fast forward to the present. I’ve been looking for a smaller casual bag for weekend that can be carried or worn crossbody. I wanted something lightweight, neutral but not black, without obvious logos. I didn’t even consider a Balenciaga until I saw this style (the “Town”). And my love was re-kindled.
Smaller than the “City,” and with a longer detachable strap, this bag is perfect for me for weekend and casual wear. Balenciaga has added a couple of open interior pockets, one for cell phone, which eliminates the only drawback I’d ever noted about these bags. They’ve always had an interior zippered pocket as well as the exterior one. With that wonderful smooshy leather that Balenciaga bags are known for, it’s comfortable to wear crossbody style or carried.
Underneath the sweater, I’m wearing the “Bra-Friendly Camisole” from Adea in “Tortoiseshell” (provided by the nice folks at Adea). I love the silky and lightweight fabric, and find it’s a perfect base layer. (During cooler months, I frequently wore the 3/4 Sleeve Scoop Neck Top underneath sweaters.) These camis really are “bra-friendly,” fit and feel like a second skin, and add absolutely no bulk or bumps to your silhouette. I tuck this camisole into my jeans, and it stays put…no shifting of bunching. The fabric breathes and wicks away moisture. These are fabulous tops for travel too: super lightweight, washable and dry within a few hours on a hanger or over a towel rack. I chose a neutral to coordinate with my wardrobe, but they’re available in a bunch of colors. This Adea cami would also be ideal to layer under a sheer blouse, or under a plunging v-neck to make it more office-appropriate.
Sweater: Eileen Fisher, similar / Tank: Adea (provided by Adea for review) / Jeans: Eileen Fisher, similar / Bag: Balenciaga / Earrings: Argento Vivo, similar / Bracelets: Hermès, similar style; Stella and Dot / Shoes: Eileen Fisher, similar.
Have you put aside an article of clothing or a brand, only to rediscover it later? When does something become a classic?
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