by Maura Carlin
Even though my Kelly quest ended in success, I still felt like my new K needed a little something extra. The whole “accessories for you accessory” phenomenon was never really my thing. All the bag charms, bag straps, and micro bags I came across were just too much frill. But, sometimes you get lucky and form and function collide. No need to choose between an accessory’s aesthetic quality and its usefulness. Such is the case for my new Valentino camo-butterfly strap paired with my Colvert Kelly. The funky fashionableness allows me to sport Kelly cross-body (probably a crime to more traditional Hermes aficionados). It’s also really cool.
Bag accessory fever eluded me. Charms and bugs neither charmed nor bugged me so my purses are bare. I confess to teasing dear PurseBop about needing fur balls, tassels and rodeos to dress up her high end purses; I just didn’t get it. Intellectually I do understand the desire to personalize and express oneself through accessories. After all, if I didn’t, I’d likely be carrying a brown shopping bag.
But I am a function-gal. Even in home décor, I prefer useable items to purely decorative pieces. I also am sensitive to extra weight, on my bags and body. You may notice my lock and cloche missing from Kelly. It’s not an accident; I’m just trying to keep things light.
I had to have this strap though. I found myself repeatedly wishing to carry Kelly cross-body. I wanted to make it a less serious bag too – giving a more casual even boho (not me) vibe. So, against all reason, I pursued the canvas camouflage and butterfly adorned carrier. It attached beautifully and is here to stay. My first bag accessory, despite all odds and cost. Butterflies may be free . . . but this strap sure isn’t. It’s still worth it.
The Fendi Strap You came on the market last summer, and initiated a lot of uproar. Detachable leather straps priced at $500 and up seemed more than a little steep. However, months later many are reconsidering the prospect of adding these decorative straps to their collections. Charms and bag straps can extend the possibilities of your bag, and give it a new look with each combination. If you’re in love with your bags but need a new fix, a bag strap might be the solution to your cravings.
What’s your preference: function or form? Has the bag strap movement captured you yet?