Fashion Friday: Shaffer LA Bucket Bag

I'm always on the search for the perfect cross body bag and I continue to come across bucket bags. I had several Coach bucket bags in the early 90's that I still use today. I love the versatility of a bucket bag. It has a simplistic shape that is very functional. This is not a bag you want to pack full of things. They tend not to have inside pockets so items can get lost quickly. I end up having a few smaller cosmetic size bags in my bucket bag to make it easier to find things like lip balm, keys and my phone. I prefer a smaller size bucket bag, since I like the cross body option. I find the smaller size to be more versatile to style too. I can dress it up or down, and it's just more functional for me. If I'm traveling to a music festival, my bucket bag can easily go from the festival during the day to dinner or the after-party later that night. I found this Shaffer LA Greta bucket bag on the Zoe Report and I'm obsessed with its shape and the rich brown leather. I've found a few variations of it and a few similar styles. See how I style the Greta bucket bag on Monday's How To Wear It.

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Shop: 15 Ways to Wear Baroque

Balmain has baroque well covered. We've been smitten with this fashion house's take on this trend since their Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear collection. Mizzie even wrote a post on it that year which featured our good friend and awesome personal style blogger, Zarna of Zarna's Runway. Nearly two years to the day from that post and we still can't get enough Balmain.

2012 Balmain Fall Ready-to-Wear

2010 Balmain Fall Ready-to-Wear

Or Dolce & Gabbana...

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear Finale

Incorporating the baroque trend into your wardrobe doesn't mean you need to look like a 17th-century French aristocrat or a glam rock god...although I think that's kind of amazing and completely approve of you doing so. Here are 15 pieces, including the Rachel Zoe brocade coat from this week's How To Wear It, to help you make this trend your own.