A Pop of Red and a Hint of Nostalgia


It’s been ages since I participated in a What I Wore Wednesdays meme. Frankly, most of the times, my style is not worth mentioning anyway. It’s usually jeans and a tee, layered with a scarf or a sweater.

It’s very rarely that I change this routine up. However, a couple of weeks back I took my old red bag out of storage, and somehow, it’s made everything I wear look new and trendy and fresh once again. And made me want to participate in WIWW again.

Once I wrote out this post though, I realized that this meme seems to have died out altogether in the past few months, and so I am ending up now doing this post standalone (I can’t think of a better word for it). Here it is, the story of my bag, and how it has revived my interest in dressing up.

Story Behind the Bag

There’s a little story behind this bag. I bought it in 2010, and it was my very first online purchase ever (from Shopbop). When I see this bag, I still recall the thrill, fear, and excitement when I made my payment on the web. I was so scared about using my credit card, and very worried about the condition of the item. I got the bag on final sale (70% off) and so there was no return. So yeah, extremely scary.

My First Online Shopping Buy

My First Online Shopping Buy

Thankfully, everything went smoothly and the bag came home, and I loved the style and the design, although frankly it looked quite different from the images on the web.

Now, I am an online shopping pro, and I know to google the web, look for additional pictures, and basically do the research before I enter my credit card or paypal details. But yeah, at the time, when the bag came, I wasn’t prepared for just how big and red it was.

Anyway, I wore it a couple of times, and then saw that it being a light-colored leather, there was some color transfer from my denim onto the back of the bag, and so in a panic the bag went into retirement. Until I guiltily pulled it out of the cupboard last week.

And second time around, it’s been awesome. I have been wearing it with all my clothes, and because it’s now a five-year old bag, the color transfer issue no longer bothers me. Here are a few combos I tried.

Different Looks With the Bag

Not all these shots were taken last week, I have included the last two older shots just to showcase the versatility of this bag.

My First Online Shopping Experience

With polka dot jeans, red top, and slides – a casual look for work

With leggings, shiny shoes, and a fun tee

With leggings, shiny shoes, and a fun tee for running errands on the weekend

With a dress

Dressing it up with a frock on my way to a blogger’s event

Meeting up friends at the mall

Meeting up friends at the mall

So, these are the different looks I could come up with this bag, and I am super-thrilled that this bag is getting some action once again. There’s nothing worse than stuff staying unused.

I still would like to clean up the bag though and remove the color that got transferred onto the bag. Have you faced this issue with light-colored bags? How did you take care of the staining? Do you have stuff gathering dust in your wardrobe? When do you know it is time to trash it? Frankly, I was thinking of selling this bag, but now it’s back on my favorites list again 🙂 .

  • nice stylish hand bag.. i was also scared when i made my first online order but as you said thankfully it was in good condition and different from the web… but now i prefer to shop online

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  • What a fantastic bag! I love it! I really love the little birds on the side pocket.

    • Nishita

      Thanks @readingtheend:disqus 🙂

  • Wanton Ruminating

    I love the bag. And I know exactly about the fear of using a card for online payment. Even now, after a few years of buying stuff online I still prefer the choice of COD! Which reminds me, are you going to the indiblogger meet on friday?

    • Nishita

      @wantonruminating:disqus I think so, yes. I signed up for it, but didn’t receive any notification accepting it. There were plenty of seats available, so I guess that means I am in? Are you coming too? It would be great to catch up there 😀

      • Wanton Ruminating

        I am pretty sure as of now, although I too have not received any notification from their side. Tomorrow is another matter. 🙂 But yes, it may be fun to catch up there, if we bump into each other. Should we pin red roses to our lapels to recognize each other and have a secret code 😉 ? We would have in the old days you know, now there is just no mystery *sigh*!

        • Nishita

          @wantonruminating:disqus haha, the perils of social networking 🙂

          • Elizabeth Joseph

            I totally didnt know that there was a indiblogger meetup..Anyway would have skipped it because I was down with fever. Then you are the only person I may recognize there 🙂

            • Nishita

              @elizabeth_joseph:disqus It would have been great to see you there. Hope you get better soon 🙂 .

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