The Chicest Way to Wear a Statement Bag

If you’ve been following all of our fashion week coverage from New York to London and Milan, you know statement bags come in all shapes, styles, and colors. Take for example Gucci‘s rich, embroidered butterfly-printed handbags to Prada‘s fur-lined totes (exhibited above), or the duck-printed mini bags at Coach. Owning a statement bag can either elevate your look or break it depending on how you style it.

Ahead, we’re going to take a closer look at how to wear a bright, colorful statement bag that will not only enhance your outfit, but make it a memorable one.

Take for example, Prada’s Esplanade Bag — featuring a bright sunny yellow and baby sky blue color palette with triangular decorative embroidery across the trim.

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When you have a statement bag, you want to make sure your outfit’s colors and patterns don’t interfere too much, but either remain neutral or complement the bag’s colors. Start with a beige, modern style trench coat like this version from Cuyana. It bears the same classy feel as the bag— without conflicting with the bag’s design or color.

 

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Next, you can go in multiple directions—either choose a dress, top and skirt combo, or blouse and jeans. We’re going to go with the latter. For the blouse—choose something that is a classic silhouette, with a subtle surprise. This button-up shirt from La Ligne is perfect for it’s simplicity in design, yet modern twist with the black placket alongside the white cuffs and collar.

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To complement the black placket, we suggest choosing a pair of black skinny jeans like this pair from Levi’s. It has a slight vintage feel that can be dressed up or down.

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Levi’s 1969 606 Customized Jeans, $168, Levi.com
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Keep your footwear in the same vain as the above. This black and white modern-style shoe from Pierre Hardy seamlessly bridges the gap between the color-blocked bag and your outfit.

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Pierre Hardy Lamb/Goat Shoes, $895, visit Bergdorf Goodman 754 5th Ave. New York, NY 10019 or call +1 888.774.2424, similar styles available at bergdorfgoodman.com
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And lastly for accessories – simple is always better. Choose jewelry in a neutral shade like gold or silver. This pair of artful earrings from NY based jewelry designer Odette NY is the perfect addition.

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