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The endless parade of fabulous handbags for fall 2012 marches on. One of the latest “it” handbags we are seeing on the fashion scene is the drawstring bag.
This clever bag is sort of a bucket shape, and although it can also be called a tote, pouch, and sometimes a knapsack, it has more of a high-end feeling to it. The interesting twist for the drawstring bag is there isn’t a particular size, shape, fabric or textile to qualify; the bag simply needs to have a drawstring closure.
What makes this stylish bag so cool and versatile is it isn’t limited to one particular textile. You can find drawstring bags in soft fabrics or sturdy canvas fabrics and leathers. If you’re not a fan of leather or simply want to skip it, you will find lots of non-leather options. In fact, faux fur is one of the options showing up in the lines of several designers and labels.
One of the features I like best about this style of handbag is they usually have both a handheld strap and an over the shoulder strap that is detachable. What is also interesting is the drawstring is the closure, but it can also be accompanied by other types of hardware.
Because they are often worn on the shoulder, drawstring handbags tend to be a bit on the casual side. My suggestion for a dressier look is to check out luxury textiles like reptile, suede, and patent leather. You can also get a more polished look with embellishments and findings such as tassels and knots on the drawstrings and feet on the bottom of the purse.
My choice would be an oversized bag that is big enough to take me away for the weekend, but
you can also find options that are small enough to work as an evening bag. You may even find one with straps that allow you to carry it as a knapsack.
If you plan on using making this style your primary bag, a cool choice would be leather or soft, buttery suede with or without fringe, and both would work for the western or retro look that is going to be in. Coach has several styles with fringed tassels that would work perfectly for both of these hot looks. If you decide to get one of these fun bags and it’s not going to be carried as your primary handbag, I suggest you opt for one of this seasons bright colors in fabric, leather, or faux fur. Another idea is an interesting print on sturdy canvas, decorative beading, or other embellishments, like studs.