What is your favorite accessory? Accessories are the glue of an outfit and one of the most important components. They hold the look together and have the ability to make or break the entire ensemble. They add uniqueness to any outfit, no matter how minimal, and are a great way to express your personal style.
There is an age old saying, “if you find something you like, buy it in every color.”
One of the best moments, for any fashionista, is walking past a store window and falling head-over-heels for an item on the mannequin. Finding a piece of clothing or an accessory that you love enough to wear over and over again is a rare occurrence, yet everyone has that one piece in their closet they rarely leave the house without.
Today, I am doing a special post, collaborating with Ramsey Wild, the mastermind behind Wildprettythings.com, about her favorite accessory, brooches and different ways she styles them. She has amazing style and is such an inspiration. Head over to her blog, Wild Pretty Things, to learn her expert tips! (You can find her gorgeous Instagram feed here). I will also be sharing my favorite accessory, a cross-body bag, and how to style it for any occasion.
Grab a cup of coffee and settle in!
My favorite go-to item is a classic, Kate Spade, cross-body bag, in blush pink, that I can easily throw on every day, during any season. I can wear it no matter where I am going and it compliments whatever I happen to be wearing. While I have a closet full of bags, purses, and clutches, this one rarely leaves my side.
While you may opt for a go-to little black dress for any occasion, I opt for my little pink bag.
The color, shape, and style make this bag incredibly versatile. The shape of the bag is simple and elegant, while being lightweight and practical. The blush color is a neutral and muted tone that goes with everything, yet it doesn’t necessarily have to match. It is just enough outside the typical spectrum of neutral colors to add freshness and unexpectedness. Light pink is known for looking dainty, delicate, and sophisticated. It adds a feminine touch to everything I wear. The cross-body style of the bag makes it functional and sensible for everyday life by keeping my hands free.
Here are 4 ways to style my favorite cross-body bag over and over again, no matter your lifestyle:
Wear it dressy
Tuck the straps in for a clutch style look to wear on a night out on the town. In this outfit, I paired my favorite, cross-body bag with a lace sheath dress and wedges. I used my purse as a clutch that automatically transformed it into a formal look. Wear this outfit on a date or for a special holiday occasion.
Wear it casually
Sling it across your shoulder for brunch with your mom or shopping with the girls. This ultra-cozy sweater, black denim, and cute flats create the perfect go-to casual ensemble all winter long. The cross-body bag is light-weight and holds everything you will need.
Wear it on-the-go
Wear it cross-body for sight-seeing in a new destination or for ease while running errands. Leave the camera bag at home and opt for an easy, versatile bag. For this outfit, I paired a simple leather jacket with denim jeans, ankle booties, and a plaid scarf. The cross-body bag is a great match and will stay in place no matter what your day holds.
Wear it matchy-matchy
Match your bag to your shoes for an unexpected take. Or wear the same color as the bag in a top, scarf, or even a head to toe monochromatic look. In this look, I paired my blush cross-body bag with blush slip-on sneakers and a lace top. There is a lot of the same color going on, but all the different tones add texture and depth to create a cohesive ensemble.
These are just a few of the many ways to wear my favorite accessory. The color compliments all of the other pieces in these outfits. This bag is functional, practical, and stylish. It is simple yet it stands out. I know I will be seen sporting this bag for many more seasons to come. No matter what your go-to item is, find fresh ways to give it new life.
I hope you all LOVED hearing both of our style ideas! Leave your thoughts in the comments below and let me know what your favorite accessory is.