Photos: Jane Keltner de Valle and Giovanna Battaglia; Courtesy of stylespotting.com, tumblr.com, hellocotton.com.
Last time we talked about adding a splash of bright red to punch up our casual, off-duty outfits, today let’s share another four polished looks, and see how a small red bag can spice up ladylike outfits that can take us from desk to dinner, and more.
For this first look (below), I love how Jane Keltner de Valle makes the normal white button-down shirt and black skirt effortlessly chic by simply adding a clear red bag and blue strap sandal. These two bight pieces not only add pops of color, but also add a futuristic and modern vibe to the look.
This clear bag is my favorite: the PVC part is a playful reinterpretation of the classic color and shape; the top handle and shoulder strap make it very handy and versatile. Moreover, it can keep you stylish on rainy days!
Top: J.Crew (great buy here)
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs (also here; great buy here!)
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (tried and true!)
Second look (below) is also from Jane Keltner de Valle. Compared to the preppy, playful look above, this one is so sleek and modern. The white dress with black details emphasizes the simplicity of the look. A pair of lace up booties adds edginess while a red clutch (adore the clean and timeless design of this one) brightening up the monochrome palette.
Dress: Sportmax Code ($60 here)
Bag: Smythson (similar here & here)
Shoes: Schutz Arieli (similar here)
Sunglasses: Gucci ($14 here)
Third look is from beloved Giovanna Battaglia. I especially appreciate her ability to add different elements to her ladylike looks, from Bohemian flair to British nonchalance to rock ‘n’ roll edginess.
Take the look below as example: the soft pastel pieces (light grey top, pale blue skirt and blush bow pump) are sweet and girly, but the details make the look stand out:
The bright red clutch punches up the soft palette, the chain necklace and the leather material of the skirt toughen up the sweetness while the rolled up sleeves and drape front design of the top add ease and casual vibe. Soft, light-colored leather piece is a huge trend now, this baby blue one (great alternative here) becomes my current obsession!
Skirt: Alice + Olivia (similar on sale here)
Bag: Tory Burch
Shoes: Steven by Steve Madden (lusting over this pair!)
Necklace: Fallon Jewelry (great buy here)
For the last look below, compared to a yellow or blue bag (which we can find the colors on the top), this red clutch is unexpected. Not every one can rock the cutout top on her, but this equally stylish version is a great alternative (adore the small cutout at the front!). With the flattering knee-length skirt which balances bare arms, this look is great for women at any age.
Top: Whistles Thea
Bag: Tory Burch (lust worthy one she carried here)
Sunglasses: Gucci ($14 here)