By Ashley Close
Fall is in full swing and is absolutely my favorite season when it comes to Fashion with a capital F. Chunky knits, high leather boots, and awesome coats. The layering and outfit possibilities expand exponentially compared to summer’s barely-there options.
As much as I love to fawn over high-heeled booties and hobo bags made of fur, I am also very practical and predictable. Recently I was asked, “Do you even own a different outfit?” No. I mean, yes. But I don’t wear it. Why? Because, my plain t-shirt and denim combo is easy for me. Sometimes I throw on a pencil skirt, but only if I am feeling fancy.
I apply a similar course of action to accessorizing. I find it harder and harder to be bothered to put on a pair of earrings in the morning. And don’t get me started on shoes. Perhaps it’s just a phase, but please do not make me think too hard about my bag matching my ensemble.
I do not think that my prudent dressing habits are a sole result of laziness, but also partially a Pittsburgh sense of realism. I can’t help but first ask myself before trying out any trend “How sensible is this, really?” Any Pittsburgher in their right mind knows that while that ostrich skin Birkin really does seem to hold and awful lot of stuff, it might rain today. And you probably don’t want to risk getting that wet. (There is, however, no excuse to purchase a knock-off jelly Birkin. Let’s just be clear on that.)
So, how do we wrap style, function, and sensibleness into a handbag we can wear every day? Here I turn to vintage Coach bags. They are timeless and season-less. They are quality. They go with EVERYTHING. And I will most likely have them for the next two or three decades. If you come across one of these do not think about it. Just take it.
“But,” you may ask, “My mother/grandmother/favorite aunt threw her Coach bags away years ago! How can I acquire such timeless, easy style too”?
Fear Not! These bags were not passed down to me. Pittsburgh’s second hand market is laced with Vintage Coach! I do not think I acquired any of them for more than $30 a piece. And when I say they go with everything, I mean everything. I have worn these to weddings, fancy brunches, dive bars, small college-town dance clubs, walking dogs, sporting events, and grocery shopping.
Don’t feel like scouring the second-hand stores and flea markets? Luckily, Coach just released a line of classic styles. You can pick up a brand-new one of your own. They are well worth the price.
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Ashley is a native of Pittsburgh with an English degree from Chatham College. She spends her time stalking the New Kids on the Block on Twitter, and making wishlists on e-commerce sites she cannot afford. She also does yoga. Sometimes. You can follow her on twitter and maybe someday she’ll say something interesting.