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Style Guide: Tips & Tricks on How to Match Your Handbag to Your Look

Aside from carrying your daily essentials, the right bag can also elevate your look instantly. Whether your style is more boho-chic or all out glamorous, every outfit needs a bag to be complete. Therefore, I present my top tips and tricks on how to match your bag to your outfit: a no-fail way to heighten the glam value of any look!! 

FOR THE OFFICE

Even if you work in a field with a strict dress code, your office outfit should never be devoid of personality. There are plenty of bags that combine elegance and femininity, with a structured, conservative silhouette that even the strictest of bosses will approve.

You can stow all your essentials (even a laptop) in a bag with a cool vintage vibe, such as a doctor-inspired bag or timeless tote. Jessie's basic black carryall is the definition of office chic!! 

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1. CURRENT/ELLIOTT High Waist Skinny Jeans 2. MAURO Jumper 3. PINKO Square Scarf 4. TOM FORD Lipstick 5. GIANVITO ROSSI Suede Pumps 6. MEL BOTERI Black Saffiano Leather Christy Midi Tote

 

TIMELESS CHIC

Timeless bags don't have to necessarily = boring bags. Whether it is a classic silhouette or the newest designer style, the key here is picking a bag that is versatile enough to match the bulk of what you would find in your unique wardrobe. 

Although Jane's bag is a recent, on-trend Chanel, in this vintage-finish it is a a great example of a "new" style that will remain a timeless classic!! 

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1. STELLA MCCARTNEY Midi Skirt 2. JAMES PERSE Wrap-effect Top 3. BAUBLEBAR Y-Chain Necklace 4. PHASE 3 Fedora 5. CHARLES DAVID Pointy Toe Pump 6. MEL BOTERI Grey Saffiano Leather Watson Tote

 

MINIMALISM

If you are like me, you may be needing a New Year's detox all the way from your kitchen to your closet. Minimalist outfits are therefore perfect, because they pair well with everything from a cool trendy bag to a leather classic. This rule goes both ways - a simple bag can be the perfect accessory for your busier looks. MEL'S TIP: A minimalist bag doesn't necessarily mean a boring tote. A smooth silhouette in a neutral color absolutely qualifies as minimalist- even if it has some fun fringe or a tassel! 

Jenna's floral look is complete thanks to the Taylea bag: a simple silhouette with some fun fringe!! 

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1. DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Wrap Dress 2. ELECTRIC Retro Sunglasses 3. NADRI Loop Drop Earrings 4. NADRI Crystal Bangle 5. CALVIN KLEIN Over the Knee Boot 6. TOPSHOP Rings 7. MEL BOTERI Taylea Grey Suede Fringe Leather Handbag

 

CASUAL GLAM

Rely on the texture of snakeskin to instantly create a glamorous vibe to an otherwise casual outfit. Bucket bags are the hit of the season, but metallic details and snakeskin prints are making them even more lust worthy. I love how fellow Atlantan, Christina Oh's, look is immediately elevated just by adding the handbag!!  

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1. TIBI Off-the-shoulder Top 2. REBECCA MINKOFF Ring 3. NADRI Band Ring 4. REBECCA MINKOFF Arm Cuff 5. JOSEPH Wool-twill Skirt 6. BALENCIAGA Textured-leather Mules 7. RAG & BONE Panama Hat 8. MEL BOTERI Black Saffiano Leather Watson Mini Cross-Body 


As a self-professed handbag addict, I'm always looking for new ways to perfectly pair my bag to my overall look. I hope you found this week's Style Guide helpful, and that you learned a few new tricks on how to keep your bag game on point! ;) 

 

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