I can almost say that my love for fashion started with a fascination with handbags, the accessory par excellence that can complete and define a look. No matter what is the colour of your hair, your size, your height and budget, somewhere out there, there is a purse that can make you happy.
This time I don't wish to talk about big designer hits, but to quote the girls of Bag Snob I want to share my current 'frugal' favourites. Last year Zara gave us the Plaited Leather Shopper, which won the hearts and arms of many fashion bloggers, and it seems that in 2012 the Spanish giant will renew the exploit. When I first spotted the Shopper Basket, I thought it would have been one of the most coveted high-street bag of the season and the confirmation arrived with its inclusion into this week Vogue.com's Steal of the Month: Super Cheap, But Still Chic.
Today I had the chance to see this purse live and I must say I was impressed: the clean design is perfect for a functional day bag, the shade is definitely what I would wear during the coming warm months, and you can hardly notice that it is made of polyurethanes, a plastic material I so far knew for its excellent insulation properties (an insight I got from my 'real life' job*). Personally I prefer natural materials over syntetics, but this baby is very tempting. In any case, if you are looking for a basic bag 100% leather, you will find a great option in the shape of the Classic Bowling Bag: so pretty, so Chloé-inspired...
* Which provides me with the most random information, helps me paying the bills and, more importantly, gives me the possibility to fill my wardrobe.
Images source: Zara