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Tips On Styling Your Statement Bag Like The Street Style Stars

Dark or neutral-toned bags might be easier to wear on a daily basis, but bright, colourful accessories will kick your outfit up a couple notches. Six ways to style them a la the street style stars, below.
Look #1: All-black
A fail-safe way to style a bright, statement bag is to match it with an all-black look. It will provide the perfect canvas for your bag to stand out, without the worry of clashing prints and colours. Rick Owens cotton coat, €756 (S$1,177), www.mytheresa.com
Leather boots, $179, Topshop
Dolce & Gabbana crochet bag, $5,694, www.farfetch.com
Look #2: Complementary tones
A bag plus garments in two non-classic colours can be hard to pull off, but it’s not impossible. Here, a pink-on-pink ensemble is paired with a turquoise top handle and this works as there are only two distinct hues in the look. Opening Ceremony polyester and pu coat, US$775 (S$1,041), www.net-a-porter.com
Peter Pilotto cotton poplin skirt, US$279 (S$375), www.theoutnet.com
Leather and PU crossbody bag, $59.90, Mango
Look #3: Matchy-matchy
If trying to mix-and-match different colours is giving you a migraine, go for just one — from head-to-toe. This formula is not for the faint of heart, especially if it’s in a bold, red shade. Opening Ceremony shearling jacket, US$552 (S$741), www.net-a-porter.com
Resin sunglasses, $39.90, Zara
Guidi leather bag, $933, www.farfetch.com
Look #4: Bold and sheer
For a truly standout, head-turning look, try a romantic, sheer dress with your statement bag. Pro tip: it might be useful to let the bag shine by keeping the rest of the outfit in darker hues such as black, navy blue or dark grey. Pamella Roland polyester dress with sequins, US$3,715 (S$4,989), www.modaoperandi.com
Dolce & Gabbana wool and cashmere coat, €1,950 (S$3,037), www.mytheresa.com
Studded PU and polyester bag, $76.90, Topshop
Look #5: Going all out
One way to ensure that your vibrant accessory goes well with the rest of your outfit is to match its colour with other elements in your look. This can be done so in an obvious manner — such as wearing a top in the same shade — or, subtly, by pairing it to the lining of a scarf. Polyester and cotton skirt, $69.90, Zara
Gucci wool and silk scarf, $840, www.farfetch.com
PVC clutch, $36.90, Dorothy Perkins
Look #6: Size matters
An oversized — albeit, elegant — outfit can come across lazy and untidy if done wrong. An easy way to make sure it looks effortless is down to choosing the right bag. In this case? A colourful, medium-sized purse (preferably structured) will provide just the oomph needed. Viscose and elastane blazer, $129, Mango
Roland Mouret satin crepe pants, US$369 (S$495), www.theoutnet.com
Valentino leather bag, US$1,590 (S$2,135), www.net-a-porter.com