Try this, try that: 3 bags, 9 outfits

Finding the right outfit with the right bag can seem like a difficult task for the best dressers, very much more for the less style-inclined. Some days, even the best also stumble around the clutter or suffer from the paradox of choice when it comes to creating new outfits without shopping for new fashion pieces.

 

 

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Style Theory’s Try This, Try That

 

We set out on a new series of style mix-and-match challenges: try this, try that. It’s a win-win for both you and the fashion sustainability world as you learn how to maximise your current wardrobe with your Style Theory subscription–that’s a small step for you and a huge leap for sustainability!

Let’s start with three designer bags to achieve nine fun outfits for both work and play:

Bag 1: Balenciaga metallic edge envelope clutch

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From the Infinite Designer Bag Wardrobe: Balenciaga metallic edge envelope clutch

With something classic in shape and a neutral colour, the Infinite Wardrobe is your new playground for outfits to go with the street-style favourite’s Balenciaga metallic edge envelope clutch. Fit a lipstick, phone, and card holder and you’re good to go. Match your accessories to the hardware colour for non-clashing styles.

Rock the Work Chic look:

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Pinstripe Layered Jumpsuit by D.D COLLECTIVE

Wear this versatile jumpsuit and a pair of pointed heels to work for that effortless-chic look. We like how it looks different from every angle! Go for a high ponytail look to show off your nape and shoulders but still perfect as a work wear.

Rock the Dinner Elegance look:

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Peyton Coral Dress by HUTCH

Balance the look with a pop of colour that works well into your outfit’s colour palette. Wear this with a shawl when indoors, or simply wear it as-is with a pair of white loafers. The key is to keep the outfit simple and let your accessories shine.

Rock the Resort Chill look:

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Maxi Scarf Dress by RACHEL ROY

If you’re one for dressing down on the weekends, slip into your favourite slides or sandals and take this look down to that boardwalk cafe you like. Add a pair of tortoise shelled sunglasses to complete that effortless look, easily.

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Bag 2: Celine Tri Colour Medium Trapeze

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From the Infinite Designer Bag Wardrobe: Celine Tri Colour Medium Trapeze

Inject your fun personality into your daily outfits with a loud statement bag. While you could go with the fun accessories frorm the house of Fendi or Moschino, it’s easier to ease a large pop of colour into your monochrome wardrobe to spark conversations or to catch the attention of your fashion peers. A rule of thumb: The more arresting the colour, the more muted your outfits should be.

Don’t overload your top handle bags with everything. You don’t have to tote your life around, literally. We’ll go with the essentials and maybe add a lightweight e-book reader or Kindle reader!

Rock the Work Chic look:

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Roll Neck Sheath with V Back by ADRIANNA PAPELL

Play up to the strengths of your structured bag with equally bold silhouette of your dress. Steer away from distracting the eye line with ruffles or asymmetric lines if you want to achieve simple elegance; don’t create curves unnecessarily. Pair this dress with a gold clasp bracelet and very classic round earring studs for the tres chic mademoiselle look.

Rock the Work Chic look:

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Midi Dress with Cold Shoulder by GENESE LONDON

When working with primary colours, the trick is in the ratio. A bold red lip, a navy blue dress, and gold accessories always work. Instead of picking a shift dress to go with your statement bag, amp up your style factor a little more with off-the-shoulder dresses that won’t get shrouded by your top handle bag. If you’re going for cross-body bag styles, zthen off-shoulder dresses should be off limits! We’ll go for classic pumps and some hair accessories (in gold to match the bag) with this outfit.

Rock the Work Chic look:

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Brooklyn Poplin Shirt Dress by THE RUSHING HOUR

While we are advocates of colour and over-the-top style every now and then, we would suggest keeping your dress plain and classic, while going for metallic shoes and accessories that go well with your statement bag or alone. Let your bag steal the limelight!

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Bag 3: Alexander Wang Genesis Shopper

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From the Infinite Designer Bag Wardrobe: Alexander Wang Genesis Shopper

Going full leather has its tough-chic appeal, but what about playing your bag game up with the mix of hardware? if you’re new to the bag game, you can always count on Alexander Wang and his take on pushing the style envelope with studs, chains, chainlinks, grommets and sometimes, everything together.

Rock the Work Chic look:

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Navy Cotton Dress by CHARM

What goes better with brown than navy? The classic pairing gets an elevated take when you mix the structured lines of the bag with softer lines and interesting neck or sleeve details of the dress. Pair this with your favourite Lanvin ballet flats and oversized shades to create an enigmatic aura.

Rock the Work Chic look:

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Vanish Midi Dress by CAMEO

Go big or go home! simply work new colours into your wardrobe when you go with a neutral colour bag. We’ll pair this look with statement pumps or strappy ankle heels that add a new level of poise and fun into your weekend outfit. Go for thin layering necklaces in matching hardware colour if you want to show off your neckline.

Rock the Work Chic look:

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Worship Midi by TALULAH

Mix classy with romantic feminine styles when you mix you bag’s hard texture and fabric with something soft and light like chiffon or silk. You’ll find the pairing to be very complementary as neither is trying to outshine the other. Instead, they work together to create a strong silhouette of a fashion style confident woman. Pair it with ankle boots for less formal events, and pointed pumps in d’Orsay styles when you have to glam it up.

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Learn more about the Infinite Designer Bag Wardrobe here.

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