Style a woven straw tote with a long maxi dress or skirt for a beach ready look.
Accessorize with strappy sandals and layered bracelets on one hand.
When the bag is a bright vibrant color with studded detail, keep the clothes in a neutral color palette. For an added element, wear snakeskin sandals or a textured knit
Valentino: Rockstud Medium Neon Leather Trapeze Bag $2445
Dress up a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans with a structured colored bag,
classic white button down and high heel sandals
Anya Hindmarch: Ebury Large Leather Tote $1595
For the fashion forward, try matching a multi-colored bag with a similar colored dress or pant suit. Remember to keep the shoes and jewelry simple so the bag stands out.
A large black tote is perfect for carrying all your summer essentials: sunglasses, water, sunscreen, and an umbrella for those rainy days. Invest in a classic large black tote that you can use as a travel bag and you can wear with any outfit whether you're going to the local farmer's market in boyfriend jeans or jet-setting on a summer vacation in a Missoni caftan.
Proenza Schoulers: PS11 Leather Tote $2250
When picking a professional work bag, it's important to find a balance between practical and stylish. Just like the perfect work outfit, look for a bag that is structured with clean lines. Style this season's work bag with Cultottes (knee-length pants), mules, and a fitted top for a summer professional look.
Tod's: D Cube Shopping Medium Leather Tote $1925
All women should own a black leather bag for everyday use. Find one with a bit of style that you can incorporate with any outfit whether you are meeting girlfriends for lunch, running errands, or going on a date
Chloé: Cate Medium Textured Leather Tote $1560
The new doctor's bag is more rectangular than round, which gives a ladylike structured. Perfect for a sophisticated look in a high waist skirt with a crop top.
Jil Sander: Medium Leather Tote $2305
Jil Sander: Medium Leather Tote $2305
Embrace the animal print trend by making the print the main attraction of your outfit. An all white dress makes the bag the statement and incorporate either gold or silver accessories for an added element.
An animal print bag is the best accessory because it can add texture to any outfit. When wearing an outfit of all solid colors, an animal printed bag will automatically vamp up your outfit. Take a risk and even play up two of the color tones from the print to cohésif your outfit.
Fendi: Bauletto Printed Calf Hair-and Leather Tote $2400
For those of us who continuously purchase black bags after black bags to match our all black outfits (definitely a victim of this crime), step out of your comfort zone and buy an animal printed bag. Since the animal print has black, you can wear the bag with your all black outfits.
When creating an outfit around an animal print accessory, remember to keep the clothes like a blank canvas. If you're carrying a gorgeous reptile bag, the focal point should be the bag. Too much animal print will make you look like the animal.
Givenchy: Medium Antigona Bag In Anaconda $6490
When running around the city or a beach town, a plastic tote allows you to literally drag your bag anywhere. To dress up an errands outfit, keep either the top or bottom fitted for a more organized look. Neon gym shoes are the answer to comfortable running around in style.
KENZO: PVC Tote with Leather Trim Palm Tree Print $385
The fringe trend requires an outfit paying full homage to the 70's with wide-legged denim, sky-high wood wedges, and oversize round sunglasses. For more 70's outfits, one can always rely on Rachel Zoe for a modern version of the iconic 70's style, who naturally already owns this Gucci Fringe Tote.
Gucci: Fringed Textured Leather Tote $2500
A printed tote is great for building an outfit around like a piece of art. Style the look around a maximum of 3 colors and try to add texture for variance. When adding another print to the look, make sure to keep the item in a solid color for balance.
A classic bag can be updated with just a few striped paint strokes. Lines can provide an optical illusion like the handle on the Givenchy Lucrezia appearing as a Milk Snake. Lines also have the effect of elongating a person by lengthening the lines of a classic silhouette like a skirt or shirt.
Givenchy: Medium Lucrezia Bag Printed Leather $2990
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