So often a work bag is a necessary staple for everyday life. If it’s not a work bag then maybe it’s a tote or diaper bag we are carrying around daily. I recently received this vibrant purple satchel when I made the decision to partner with YOUNIQUE. You can get your own kit here if you would like your own bag filled with goodies (only $79 and comes with 7 makeup products and tools all full size). I had no idea until I started using it daily to tote around samples, an ipad, makeup, a notebook and various other necessities just how much I would fall in love with this beautiful color.
Now that I’m in the process of a cross country move, I’vie been really conscious about purchasing new wardrobe items so making do with what I already owned was a welcomed challenge. Purple is a color in my closet with a much smaller presence. I quickly realized it would be a good idea to find a few similar items items to pair it with so I could use it as a conversation starter and carry daily. Today’s post gives you three looks to wear a statement bag - a casual, business appropriate and dressy.
Look 1 - Casual
Taking notes from Audrey Hepburn’s classic style, wear simple black form fitting leggings and a tank with black ballet flats to mimic this look. To incorporate an acccent color like deep purple add a pair of statement earrings for just the right amount of pop. Almost everyone I know has a pair of black leggings, a black tank and black flats. I prefer to wear a pair of leggings with a control top waist band and opaque material. This pair from DKNY are high quality and keep their shape all day. This look will make you appear slimmer while being comfortable enough to wear all day.
Look 2 - Business
The second look is perfect for a business meeting, luncheon, bridal or baby shower, church service or daytime event. You can’t go wrong pairing your presenter bag with a versatile little white dress. When you buy a classic piece look for quality construction (lining, zippers, finishing), a great fit and beautiful fabric. I’ve worn this Gal Meets Glam dress countless times (see this post and this post) because it fits impeccably and has movement when I walk. It is easily worn with flats or heels to dress up or down depending on where I’m headed for the day. Its conservative neckline and classic cut makes it great for work! I added the same pair of purple earrings and open toed platform pumps in a beautiful purple iridescent finish.
Look 3 - Dressy
I believe every gal needs a statement dress. I’ve had this one for about 13 years (yes, I tend to hold on to things I love for a long time). I’ve dressed it down with bow slides and up with metallic gold sandals like I did today. Find a dress or a romper that can be worn with any heel height to make it more versatile. Also, for a statement dress I prefer a looser fitting shape with volume to hide food babies after a dinner out. Look for a cute bracelet or earrings to tie the whole outfit together! You can also pair this look with a nude shoe or ballet flat!
I’ve found having go-to outfits pre-planned makes my life easier. If I get a last minute invite for a coffee date I’ll reach for the black tank and leggings. If my other half wants to meet up with friends in the evening - easy peasy - I’ll grab the dressy statement dress. If someone books a last minute consultation or just wants to schedule time to discuss business then the white dress is my go-to. Tip: Take pictures of your go -to outfits and keep them saved on your phone. You can also create a secret board on Pinterest for reference from any device.
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