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Spied on the Street: The Happiest Bag in Town

From the “No Smoking” bucket bag we spotted in New York to the leather stickers that proved fit to personalize an Hermès, we’ve been noticing that one of the major keys to pulling off killer personal style is not taking yourself, or fashion, too seriously. We’ve come to expect nothing less than sassy chic charm from Anya Hindmarch, and this latest look we’re reporting on certainly does not disappoint.

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We’re of course zeroed in on the sporty summer-white crossbody Anya Hindmarch bag styled by this cheeky street style savant. It was love at first sight with the subtle yet statement-making perforated, punched out smiley face featured on this must-have handbag. The simple yet powerful mood boosting icon immediately brings us back to our childhood when years of the ‘90s were spent refusing to remove this one particular black short sleeve t-shirt with a bright yellow smiley face stuck onto the center of the top. We played favorites with our tiny-sized wardrobe items, and this shirt was never out of the main rotation. The face itself was made of that plastic-y material that you could scratch with your nails and the sound it made was like scratching a record; do you remember the material we’re talking about? We’re not sure where that beloved trend piece ended up, but we imagine it’s keeping our choker necklaces and anklets company.

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With all the other ‘90s trends currently making a comeback, it’s only apropos that the quintessential face of the ‘90s pops back up again, this time in an updated, modern, and more grown up way, appearing in meticulous textures and smart placements. We were delighted by the fashion week moment Evan Chen created when she sported a Gelareh Mizrahi “Smile for Me” python disc-shaped clutch under her arm, and we’ve been amused by Philip Treacy’s, Marc Jacobs’, and Jeremy Scott’s homage to the whimsical symbol. So we don’t really care who legally owns the rights to this picture of positivity, be it Smiley World, Walmart, or State Mutual Life Assurance Company of America, because to us, it’s pure nostalgia, and that gives us something to smile about.

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