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Back To Basics

 - Aug 24, 2007
References: style
From fancy fabrics to studs, lace, Swarovski crystals and even precious stones and Diamonds, handbag fashion has gotten extremely complicated over the last few seasons. It's time to get back to basics!

With any fashion piece that features a specific look, you run the risk of having a one-season-only item, making a pricey investment hard to justify. Recent "it" bags have fallen into this category, but thankfully fall marks the return of simple, timeless bags that will withstand the test of time -- at least for a couple seasons.

The fashion-savvy at report: "Shed the clutter this fall with a line called Kage, by newcomer Kristin Holstein. Save for a signature metal-horseshoe closureâ€"a thoughtful nod to her mother's love of horsesâ€"the vintage-inspired leather carryalls are remarkably unencumbered of all that excess hardware. Which makes them a pleasure to carry in more ways than one."

Other simple designs include Chloe's Alice guitar case bag or Aldo's affordable $40 tweanpeaks bag, which is simple yet practical and big enough to store all your necessities (cell phone, Blackberry, iPod, makeup, extra sweater, day planner and current chic-lit book of choice).