So … the title is kinda self-explanatory but, yes, I got a new bag — a vintage, 2-series Chanel maxi single flap bag, to be exact — and I couldn’t be happier. Those of you who remember my reservations about my old Chanel bag might be surprised. After much careful consideration, I realized that my biggest issue with it was its size; it was simply too small for my everyday needs. The timing of my decision to sell it was fortuitous, since it meant that I was able to buy this larger version when I came across it in a local vintage shop (Swish boutique, Manulife Place). The size of this vintage maxi is perfect, as is the slightly longer chain strap length; I also rather like the larger double C lock closure. My only initial hesitation had to do with the colour, as I wasn’t sure if this caramel shade would be as versatile as black. I’m glad I got it anyway, because I do think I’ll get lots of use of out it — certainly more than my previous Chanel.

For its inaugural wear, I paired it with one of my favourite dresses, worn here as a skirt. I love throwing on a plain black sweater over a dress, because it’s a simple but effective outfit and it doubles the versatility of the dress. I also added some brooch bling, because that is how this magpie rolls. I found the larger of the two pieces at Goodwill, and it’s precisely the sort of rhinestone extravaganza I cannot resist. There is something about aurora borealis rhinestones, in particular, that just gets me every time. The smaller piece is actually a clip earring. I was originally going to use a safety pin to attach it to my sweater, but ultimately decided to just clip it to the edge instead; I liked the resulting placement better. I’m always looking for new and fun ways to get more use out of all my vintage pieces, so if you have some ideas, hit me up in the comments.

8 Comments on Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag

  1. I love the double pin look – more contemporary than just one single brooch. I’ll be copying that great idea!