Carrying Style

After visiting the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show and seeing the selection of vintage bags available I thought I would blog about them. A vintage bag adds originality to any outfit. If you’re dressing on trend or classic, carrying a vintage bag will set you apart.

Here are some examples of vintage bags and styling ideas for them.

IMG_1333When Miuccia Prada took over Fratelli Prada she began its’ transformation into a global brand by designing a line of nylon handbags, briefcases and backpacks. She decided to work with Procone nylon which Prada used to line their luggage. The fabric was difficult to work with but worth it in the end as the line took off and demonstrated Miuccia Prada’s talent for merging the industrial with high fashion. These sporty, casual bags elevate everyday looks.
portfolioUp your interview or work style with a vintage portfolio. This example by Fendi holds a tablet to review your resume or presentation, as well as, a pochette with all your personal items. Think of it as a sleek and sophisticated carry-all.

round_Fendi_detailfendi_roundThis Fendi round bag compliments both casual and work wear. It holds a lot and has a great strap feature along the inside edge to keep small items from swimming around.

A great modern version of this design is by 3 Lily pads.  Fiorella Di Lorenzo creates functional yet stylish bags. This line is a modacarta favourite!Canteen-R-S1_Front-670x653

Here are 2 vintage options for evening. I use this Gucci bag for most events because it holds everything I need without restriction. For a more formal occasion I have this lovely 1920s version of a wristlet. It has elegant beadwork and is held by delicate strap on the back.beadedbead_detail

Gucci

Photo Credits

All by Lori Tonizzo except

Prada Bag – from The Little Book of Prada by Laia Farran Graves

Canteen Bag – from 3 Lily Pads website

I hope you enjoyed this exploration of vintage handbags and styling. As always, I’d love to hear from you!

Transitional Boots

Another great transitional piece is open toe boots. here is a mini guide to take you from summer to fall in style.

SKINNY JEANS

My open toe boots are from Browns in Toronto. I love the cut-work and solid stacked heel. To transition to fall, layer a coloured sock for warmth and visual interest. For a solid leather boot a patterned sock would work great.

skinnies

SKIRTS

These boots make a bold statement when paired with a pencil skirt. They would also work well with a denim or boho skirt. Layer a coloured or pattern tight for warmth and visual interest later in fall.

skirt

CROPPED TROUSERS

These boots demand attention so a cropped trouser shows them off the best. Sheer sock or fishnet gives a little extra visual interest and some added warmth.

trousers

All photos by Lori Tonizzo.