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It’s no secret that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen know a thing or two about personal style. Devotees of their high-end collection, The Row, come back season after season for the duo’s minimalist clothing and accessories that feature expert tailoring, rich fabrication, and worldly inspiration. But for those of us who are looking for something that fits with a slightly more laid-back lifestyle (and budget), we turn to its sister label.
Elizabeth and James is the kind of effortless fashion-forward line that instantly elevates a wardrobe of basics into thoughtful looks. It’s a low-key level of chic that only comes when you mix opposite influences into one contemporary vision. And their latest It handbag shape is a perfect example.
Masculine grommet details line the clean, curvy shape of the Market Small Grommet Tote Bag (bottom, $645). So if you’ve opened your closet in recent months only to find a slew of shapeless sweaters, worn-out tees, and run-of-the-mill denim in neither-here-nor-there neutrals, just think, “What would Mary-Kate and Ashley do?” The answer? Add a ladylike catch-all that is small enough for nights out and large enough to shield you from paparazzi.
If your style reads more practical than party-ready, reach for a Leopard Pony Hair Market Satchel ($545) that remixes even the most boring of looks into an outfit designed to get attention. Leopard print cow hair and a surprisingly versatile petite frame mean that you are well on your way to street-style-star status.