I don't know what's going on, but I'm heavily in lust with Banana Republic's fall line.
Don't get me wrong, I own plenty of BR staples, but lately I've found their stuff a little lame. The colors always seemed a shade off...like they had been washed too many times before being put on the hanger. Or they were pushing those uber long shorts as a work outfit. And that's something I just can't condone.
But I was in the store recently on one of my fall shopping recon missions and found myself grabbing at things like Bob Packwood on three Viagra with a Cialis chaser.
Back at work, I began perusing the website for more lustworthy togs and stumbled upon a neat perfect "work" bag.
A little background:
Work bags for professional women have to be one of the most difficult fashion conundrums. Do I buy a man's briefcase and try to rock the androgeny like Madonna in the "Express Yourself" video and basically end up looking like a huge dork? Or do I carry a purse which simply looks wildly inappropriate in most professional settings and can't carry half of my essentials for surviving a day in the urban jungle?
Oh, and I also want to be able to fit a redwell in there. Maybe even, gasp!, a laptop.
Well...hello, Somerset Vertical Tote!
Isn't she pretty?
Available in black and brown, it also looks suspiciously like the Mulberry Elgin tote that I wish I could afford. While this one isn't exactly cheap, I think it looks like a nice addition to any fledgling professional woman's wardrobe.
Start making Christmas/Chanukah/Whatever lists now!
photo courtesy of bananarepublic.com