Susanne: The Bagaholic Travelista

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Susanne has got a serious thing for bags, and a lust for travel.

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Dutch-born Susanne is taking a long road trip around the USA. She and her husband are traveling from San Francisco to Houston and back up to New York, and sharing the highlights of their travels along the way.

She shares her number one time-travel destination, and the time when she was mistaken for a goth by a local newspaper.



What’s your earliest memory of caring about how you dressed?

I think I always cared about how I dressed. However, I remember that my sister and I could spend three hours trying on every single piece of clothing in our wardrobe before going to a school party. I guess we were about 13 years old at that time.



How has your style evolved?

I have an identical twin sister, and we were dressed the same until around the age of 10. Afterwards my mother dressed me mainly in clothing sets: a matching sweater, shirt and trousers.

My style now is very colorful, feminine and classic. I like pieces that no one else is wearing as well as bold prints, colors and fun fabrics. I love to mixing and matching different labels and pieces, both high-end and fast-fashion labels.


What did you wear to the last wedding you attended, and your last job interview?

A beautiful red dress with an open back and a red faux-fur jacket, and a box bag and glitter heels with two little bows. For the interview, a blue pinstripe women’s suit with loafers and a trendy leather handbag.



You have a time machine. What time and place do you travel to just for the clothes?

I would stop in the 1920s, better known as the roaring twenties. I love the hats, dresses with flowing sleeves, and adornments like bows or artificial flowers. I also really like satin, velvet and embellishments with beads, rhinestones or fringes, that were used a lot during that time.




You have $500 to spend on your wardrobe. What do you buy?

The boots I’m wearing here, because they are super comfortable, practical, easy to combine and warm. Other than that, a pair of denim trousers, a leather handbag and a faux-fur jacket.



What’s the biggest fashion mistake you’ve ever made?

I remember attending a gala when I was 21. I was wearing a beautiful long black gown with velvet details, matching velvet shoes and really dark smoky-eye make-up. A photographer took a photo of me as soon as I arrived at the gala. When I was reading the paper the next day, I saw my shot with the comment that I looked “gothic”.



If you could shop at only one store for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably Zara. I have been shopping at the first Zara stores in Marbella, Spain as long as I can remember. 20 years later I still love their basic, seasonal and fashion pieces and I always manage to buy something that fits my style.



Check out more great fall outfit inspiration from Susanne!



Susanne is wearing the Vera Suede Shearling Boot in Hazel.

Photos courtesy of Susanne Bavinck-Bender


Susanne's picks


Vera Suede Shearling Boot

Kerns Rubber Rain Boot

Arvida Ankle Boot



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