“Keep it simple stupid” – a well known phrase often used when growing up by our parents as soon as we tried to overcomplicate things. From biology projects to cover letters and interview questions as we got older; there is something to the saying that’s stuck around for decades, and for good reason.
One industry where we often witness overly styled and structured pieces is without a doubt in fashion. Some outfits that are photographed especially during fashion weeks just seem “too busy” overall, a term we like to use in TWC office. It’s either too many accessories, too many colors clashing, or just too many trends layered on top of one another. In these moments particularly, I like to remind myself of the saying and wonder how many brands are left that don’t overcomplicate? To our surprise, it’s a definite trend in the making – sleek monochrome looks, minimalist style and capsule collections are all the hype these days. Take for instance Wardrobe.NYC, designed and created by Australian Vogue veteran Christine Centenera – her brand’s mission is for customers to own a total of 5 items wrapped in a capsule wardrobe. Thanks to the effect of social media and its clickbait strategy, these pieces are sold like chocolate croissants!
Other examples include the exorbitantly high-end fashion house The Row, courtesy of sisters duo Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, whose collections become more and more sleek, aesthetically-pleasing, and most importantly timeless. I’ll go ahead and say with absolute certainty that every single one of their pieces, whether it’s their suede hobo handbags, sling-backs adorned with a bow, combat boots, cashmere knits or silk pants and top, can and should be worn for the decades to come. None of them scream trendy or seasonal – nor are they loud in their design and cut. They have the ability to elevate any look and make you look more put together, and do not target any age demographic in particular. In fact, I’ve seen firsthand women as young as in their mid-twenties, as well as ladies in their late sixties visiting The Row’s shops and actively lusting and shopping their favorite pieces.
The slight issue with these concepts is that they’re more often than not infamously expensive, and do not sit well with consumers that either don’t have access to the brands, or the price tag that comes with it. What is however highly accessible is the design: long-lasting, structured and the perfect addition to any outfit. This week we’re shining spotlight on a relatively new shape of bags that have made their return onto the fashion scene after hibernating over the past decade or so, and that is box-shaped bags.
Relatively small in size, but perfectly accessible and surprisingly large in space, we’re loving the shape this season. After perusing the scene for our most wanted pieces, we settled on a bunch that vary in material and color. Expect croc-effect delights by Rejina Pyo, under £60 gems in a multitude of colors by Topshop, beautifully-structured classic pieces by Loeffler Randall and more. The best of all? Prices range up to £500 and are guaranteed to make a statement. It’s safe to say that box bags have taken center stage when it comes to accessorizing this spring 2019 and there’s no doubt they will add a timeless feel to any looks, from a simple button down and straight-leg jeans, to a white brocade dress or flower-print maxis during wedding season.
Shop 18 editor-approved box-shaped bags for spring
Featured images via Loeffler Randall
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