Sometimes it’s the little touches that take your outfit from average to enviable. Celebrities have stylists to calculate all the complicated nuances of putting together a look, but we aren’t all so fortunate. Luckily, tFS has put together some celeb-inspired styling tips and tricks to help you put together a look that’s got that extra oomph! We often feel naked without our bags, but it’s surprising how a little thing like a shlumpy old purse can bring down a whole outfit. This week, let Elle Fanning, Mandy Moore, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley show you how an up-to-date satchel can be a fun(ctional) addition to on-the-go ensembles.
Tip #1: A satchel pairs perfectly with tomboy casuals.
Elle Fanning showed how casual can be bold at NYFW, slinging a bright orange Cambridge satchel over a pair of pleated chinos and a dark chambray shirt buttoned all the way to the collar. Look for a satchel with sturdy leather accents like Fanning's; hers combined with her tucked-in trousers and round-toe leather boots give this look an on-point equestrian feel.
1. Banana Republic Heritage Casual Roll-Up Pant in Washed Stone – $79.50; 2. Cambridge Satchel Company Orange Fluro Cracked Leather Satchel – $179.05; 3. H by Hudson Maclise Zip Boots – $235; 4. Madewell Perfect Ex-Boyfriend Shirt – $59.50; 5. Reach New Levels Satchel – $90
Tip #2: Color block with a bright contrasting satchel.
Without the bag, Mandy Moore’s street style would be no more than your standard denim, sweater, and flats combo, but she color-blocked effortlessly with her purple Proenza Schouler satchel. It might seem like a splurge to buy a bag in a hard-to-match bright hue, but pairing it with a bold solid in a contrasting shade is a way to try the color-blocking trend without looking too fussy.
1. Modekungen Blues Jeans – $86; 2. Jigsaw Soft Tweed Crew Neck Sweater – $150; 3. Vera Wang Lavender Label Lillian Flat – $195; 4. Ollie & Nic Georgia Satchel – $77; 5. Max & Chloe Privileged Heart Pendant Necklace – $48
Tip #3: Invest in an all-purpose cream satchel.
When you want to go more monochrome, take a cue from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who always looks so put together, it's as if she’s modeling on the sidewalk. Her bag of choice is the Mulberry Evelina cream satchel, which she wore recently while grocery shopping. The model made everyday basics chic by coordinating accessories in soft shades like a pink leather jacket, muted leopard scarf, grey heels, and her signature aviators.
1. Buckle Daytrip Faux Leather Jacket – $79.95; 2. H&M Sunglasses – $7.68; 3. Seven for All Mankind New York Dark XL Bootcut Jeans – $200; 4. PG Beauty Two-Tone Twist Lock Satchel – $30; 5. Miss Selfridge Animal Rose Scarf – $24