As far as accessories go, I like bags...
Couldn't care less about shoes. And yes, I often plan an entire outfit around a bag. You see, I usually have a favourite bag: either 'the love of my life' (my Chanel) or the 'flavour of the month' (= the bag I'm currently infatuated with, and thus want to carry it all the time).
But the last couple of years I have been trying to limit the number of bags I buy, both for financial and logistical reasons. Finances aside, I need to find space to store the bags I buy, which can be tricky in a small flat. And as I keep commuting between two homes in two countries, my life is just simpler if I have one bag (or two) that goes with anything. So, less is more, that's the idea...
However, in spite of my best intentions, I still manage to buy at least one bag every year, mainly because love at first sight makes it impossible for me to resist a nice bag... That just goes to show how successful this plan was to begin with...
But, it has been quite a while since I last bought a bag specifically for work. That is, a bag big enough for all the paper the average teacher carries around every day (that is a lot of paper, trust me). So, while I'm not one of those women who carry half of their possessions with them all the time, my work bag needs to accommodate several A4 size files, an occasional book (for work only) and an umbrella. However, as I need to carry the bag around the whole day, I prefer something small(ish) and simple. Not too many compartments, as they take away valuable space (needed for those A4 files and paper), but a few so that I can still find my keys / bus card / phone without having to dump the contents of the bag onto the street.
And I'm happy to report (after carrying it for a couple of months) that this pale pink Furla bag seems to tick all the boxes. Yes, my dear reader, it's official: I'm in love...
So, now that we know that the bag is functional (always the first concern in a work bag), I just have to make sure I have the wardrobe to match. And that's what I've been doing these past couple of months: finding everything in my wardrobe that goes with the new bag.
As you can see, the bag complements my coats:
It seems to like my favourite wrap dresses:
It can do smart casual:
But it also works with casual outfits:
Do you ever create an outfit around a bag (or shoes)?
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