Carolina Herrera’s Fashion Confession Will Make You Rethink Formal Dressing

This fall I’m really feeling fringe, explaining why CH Carolina Herrera’s new Sofia bag caught my eye immediately. It’s the sort of small cross-body style I always need more of in my closet and has hippie vibe I’m after without being overwhelming (and “makes any outfit look effortlessly chic,” per Mrs. H herself).


Plus, when it’s coming from the design studio of one of the chicest modern-day fashion icons we have, you’re pretty much required to pay attention—and ask her questions about her personal purse collection when given the opportunity.

So, what did I learn from the amazing Mrs. Herrera?

There’s one beauty staple every lady should have in her bag.

“What you carry in your bag is very personal, but I think a woman should always carry her favorite lipstick to brighten up her look.”

Nostalgia + handbags = fabulous.
“I’ve had some of my handbags for many years and some are from my mother. I think sometimes you associate the handbag you wore with a magnificent evening or a special event in your life.”

When in doubt, go for the print or bright color.
“I think handbags, like fashion, should be fun!”

Don’t use a bag as a security blanket.
“There’s nothing surprising in my bag, but during the day I always carry my agenda, my wallet, a handkerchief, and lipstick. During the evening, I only carry my lipstick and handkerchief. I have a confession too. Sometimes I don’t carry a handbag in the evening because I make all of my dresses with pockets!”

My mind is feeling mildly blown by that last nugget. I usually feel like I have to carry a bag for evening-out situations (or something super formal, like a wedding), even though I could easily keep the pared-down essentials in a pocket.

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