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How to Pick the Right Bag for Your Outfit

Learn how to pick the right bag for your outfit from fashion editor Verena von Pfetten in this Howcast video.


Ladies love purses. I love purses. I spend my money on purses. I must have 15 or 20 different bags in different colors. I want to switch it up every single day. If you're like me maybe you have a little concern about how to figure out what bag to wear with what outfit.

The first thing I say is, honestly, don't stress about it. When I pick a bag the first thing I think about is what I'm doing that day. Do I need a big bag or a small bag? Am I carrying my laptop, or am I just sort of going out for the night and I need my wallet, my cell phone, and my keys?

So, first go with size, and then go with color. If you're wearing a really neutral outfit, the best way to spice it up is a really bright bag with maybe some cool hardware. If you're wearing a really busy outfit, maybe wear a simple bag. That doesn't mean it has to be black or a plain color. You could even wear a metallic bag. But just pick something that's a little more one color and a simple design.

In terms of different shapes you can have a baguette or a sort of square bag. That's great for evening. Right now what you're seeing a lot is a slouch or a pouch bag, and that's great because you can just throw things in it and you don't have to worry about it. My favorite is the satchel. It has a sort of vintage look. It's always going to look classic. And, you can dress it up or down. That's going to be a sort of square shape with a flap that goes over the front, and probably some cool hardware or a buckle.

When it comes down to picking the color, again, don't worry about it. You can wear really any color. An easy way is to just keep your outfit neutral and then make your bag shine. And especially if you're like me and you love the accessories, that's also where you can spend your money.

If you're looking to splurge on something, a great bag is exactly where to do it. Because that's something that lasts forever, especially if it's well made, and it can really go with anything. So, if you're going to spend money on a bag, pick something in a fun color that you know you really love and a really timeless, classic design.

When you're picking a bag, again, you want to just think about what you really need it for. Then decide what's going to make you happiest with your outfit. Because, really, when you're getting dressed it should make you happy. It shouldn't be stressful.

In this case this is one of my favorite evening bags. It's really casual, but it's got a cool design. So, you can wear it if you don't have a lot of jewelry or don't have a lot of time to think about your outfit. Pick a bag that maybe has something interesting on it, and that's going to serve as almost like another accessory, or jewelry, or that sort of pop to a simple outfit.

Again, this is a smaller bag, so you're not going to fit that much in it. I'm going to recommend it for night time, maybe when you've got your wallet, your cell phone, your keys, and a lipstick. It's not something you're going to want to carry to work especially if you have to carry a laptop like I do.

A bag in a really bright color is great for a simple outfit or even something that you really want to make a statement with. Something like this is a bright turquoise, it's one of my favorite colors, and I would wear it with almost anything. You can wear it with neutrals like browns, or blacks, or even camel. You can also wear it with really bright colors. I would wear it with this red dress and make a really nice color combination. I think that ends up looking very interesting. It can sort of take a simple dress that I would maybe wear to work and turn it into a fun night time or cocktail look that you can wear on a date or for drinks.

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