Sunday, 29 November 2015

HOW TO CREATE AN OUTFIT AROUND A BAG

styling a tote bag

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:
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tote bag

It seems to like my favourite wrap dresses:
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wrapdress

It can do smart casual:
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Furla tote

But it also works with casual outfits:
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all-purpose bag

Do you ever create an outfit around a bag (or shoes)?

Tiina
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  1. We all have things we're attracted to and, occasionally, get over-excited about. Handbags are a good example. They're beautiful; they're practical; and we use them all the time. If you limit your purchases to once a year, you're fine. This is a pretty one that anyone would want on their arm.

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    1. Yes, but I have 'an expensive taste', as my husband would say...

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  2. Gorgeous bag - I can completely understand your infatuation with it. It would probably go with anything but I love the examples you show here.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie. I just really, really wanted a pretty, pastel pink bag...

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  3. I'm really not a bag person, but that said...I can still be swayed to buy one that make my heart flutter : ) They aren't expensive like your tastes though. I'd rather spend on shoes or clothes. I think it is because I can't carry heavy bags or even shoulder bags all day. Even a cross body bag will bother me after a couple of hours. Damn Fibromyalgia is cramping my style.

    I think you did well with the bag because you have lots of cool colours in your wardrobe. I also like the shape of it. Everything about it is classic except the colour, which makes it really stand out.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Well, I always say that its easier to pack 15 t-shirts of summer dresses than 15 bags... And I've had quite a few bags break down (stuffed to the brim, I admit) on me, so now it's only quality bags and they'd better last forever This one is a really good work bag: fits a lot of stuff and goes with anything.

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  4. That really is the BEST bag. You've convinced me. Pale pink is a neutral.

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    1. I've certainly been carrying this one almost non-stop for months. And yes, it's neutral enough to go with most of my clothes.

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  5. Those are great outfits! How neat that there were so many you could create to go with that bag. I sometimes find myself wishing I had a good purse to go with a specific outfit, especially if I am forced to use my neutral one.

    But I have at times done what you did, and wanted to wear a specific one so I created an outfit to match it.

    Saw your post in the Visible Monday linkup. Here's my Visible Monday post...
    http://www.midlifemakeover.me/2015/11/the-end-of-no-repeat-november-heres-how.html

    Have a wonderful week!
    Jeanine

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    1. I have a few more outfits to show with this bag still, stay tuned...

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  6. Love these examples - and that bag will look good with everything. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  7. Great tips...LOVE the bag:)

    Laura
    www.24-7style.com

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    1. Thanks, Laura. I love the bag, too.

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  8. I always have to wear the same bag because i have to take my oxygenconcentrator with me. Inused to love bags!
    www.fashionandfoodandotherstuff.com

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    1. I can imagine that your bag must meet a very particular criteria.

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  9. I used to be bag obsessed but now find my bags must be light and practical for every day use so my fancy bags get few outings. This one of yours is the perfect colour and works so well with so many different styles, a good buy indeed.

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    1. I prefer a smaller bag, too, off-duty. At weekends, the smaller the better, and either a shoulder bag or a crossbody. I guess I need a break from carrying a big bag throughout the week.

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  10. That bag is definitely worth creating a thousand outfits!! Thank you so so much for joining my link up!! Kiss http://www.cocoetlavieenrose.com/moda-novembre-2015-fashion-link-up/

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  11. I definitely agree a bag can make an outfit! Great looks.
    www.amemoryofus.com

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    1. Thanks! Yes, a bag is an important part of the outfit. Sometimes the most important part, for a Bag Lady like me...

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  12. That bag is turning out to be a real gem for you. I'd love to buy more bags but you're right, storage space is difficult with endless bags!

    Thank you for linking to Rachel's Tuesday link-up. Petite Vix - co-host for this week.

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yes, storage space... I have storage space in two countries, and I still find it difficult to store all my possessions. The conclusion: I have way too much stuff...

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  13. I only have a handful of bags, some I like and others I don't. The higher in price I paid for some the more use they get. Lovely color "it" bag.
    Thanks for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

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    1. I think it's better to have just a few quality bags than lots of cheap and cheerful bags that break easily and aren't functional. After all, how many bags does a woman really need? Maybe 2-4, really.

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  14. This Furla bag is so pretty and works so well with all of your outfits. I have a lot of colorful handbags and tend to switch them out all the time. I recently bought an inexpensive leopard purse thinking it's so trendy and won't get used much. Boy was I wrong! I used it all the time and now sort of wished I spend a little more money and bought a higher quality purse.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. I stopped buying inexpensive bags because they didn't last very long (maybe it was me stuffing them to the brim...) and decided that fewer bags but better quality is what I need. This means that I have to choose the colour of the bag very carefully: it has to go with everything...

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  15. I'm a bag lady too, so I totally get it! Great looks!

    Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! If only I could buy all the bags I fall in love with...

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