I recently received a package from Eddie Bauer (a brand name that really had not been on my fashion radar since, well, at least high school), and for some reason, even though it couldn't be farther from my usual style, I got all excited about this bag (pictured above). The broken-in leather and shape remind of a camera bag/canteen hybrid, and while I typically shy away from cross-body styles because they accentuate the chest area a bit too blatantly, I decided what the heck- let's give this a try. An excuse to experiment with creating a new take on classic Americana fashion, because there was no way I wasn't wearing the bag immediately.
I demanded (okay, asked politely, but demanded sounds better) that my husband take me out for a lobster roll and I descended into my closet to build an outfit around the New England-y direction my day was about to take, all inspired by the bag. And the fact that I had a fresh spray tan, so I felt more confident I could pull it off (my usual summer weekend uniform is a dress of some sort and flip flops, or my DL1961 capri jeans and a slub tee.)
J.Crew Navy 5" Chino shorts and an Old Navy super soft denim-y button down took the outfit in a slightly '70's direction. If I wanted to keep it literal, I would have slipped on Top Siders or Minnetonkas or something, but alas, I am too vain to wear flats, so my giant K. Jacques wedges it was.
Oh- FYI- the bag isn't currently on the Eddie Bauer website, so I am guessing it comes out later in the Fall. In which case, I recommend you bookmark the site and check back often, because you probably should own it.