Top Tips on What to Wear with a Statement Bag

February 15, 2016

How to Dress with Statement AccessoriesLast week, Tom and I went on a lunch date. The weather had been very warm (about 25°c, or 75°F), so I wanted to wear something bright.  It had been at least 6-8 months since I’d worn this Kate Spade handbag, but I recently ordered this cute little pom pom in hot pink and it matched this perfectly.  The pom pom really made the bag look so much more chic & elevated the look.  Plus, I’m obsessed with pom poms right now.  They’re soft and so much fun.  I wanted the purse to be the statement accessory, so kept everything simple.

Styling around a piece of accessory can be a lot of fun, especially when you want it to be the statement piece.  If you often have a neutral color palette or find bright pieces intimidating, you’re not alone.  Lots of people love to wear neutrals, but adding color and new textures to your wardrobe can be very exciting and refreshing. 

Beverly HillsLos AngelesHere are my Top Tips on How to Dress and Wear a Statement Bag

1) Keep Your Outfit Simple

When you have a fantastic accessory, you really want your attention to be on that special item.  Keep everything else you wear simple.  When you wear other items with a lot of detail, it starts to clash, as though it were fighting for attention with the statement accessory and can look like you’re trying too hard. Plus, a sleek and simple look is very classic and no one ever complains that a classy chick with an outstanding accessory is dressed poorly.  You can be a beautiful and simple little black dress or even a great-fitting pair of jeans with a nice button up dress shirt.

Kate Spade Purse Giorgio Armani Shoes2) Avoid Overdoing It with Patterns and Textures

Pairing a great accessory with a classic pattern is a great choice when you’re only sticking to wearing only one or two. For example, a well-fitting full length shirt dress that has a box or window pattern all over can be really chic! Wearing a plaid shirt under a polka dot blazer and pairing this with a box-pattern pant and floral shoes looks too busy if you don’t have a good understanding of making all of those proportions work in your favor.

Another thing to avoid is layering items that have intricate detail (like lots of sequins over feathers and fur) or mixing too many textures (like metallic brocades, knits, lace and wool) at once. It can be overwhelming and too busy to the eye causing the statement accessory to get lost in the mix.

Kate Spade HandBag3) Dress In Neutrals or Within the Same Color Palette

When you have a great accessory like a handbag with a pop of color as I have done here, a simple, fail-proof way to make your handbag pop is to work within the same color family or in complementary tones.  For example, here I am wearing a hot pink bag.  I chose to wear blush heels because it’s still pink, but it’s toned down and simple, so it still looks intentional, but doesn’t fight for your intention.  The shoes don’t steal the show.  You can also wear neutrals, like white, black or beige.  Keeping a neutral color palette or toning down within the same color palette works to your advantage and comes out looking very chic.  I also wore a white dress so that it would be a stark contrast to what I was wearing and it still makes the bag pop against my dress.

Lifestyle Blog Los Angeles4) Look In A Full Length Mirror & Do One Last Check To See Your Full Outfit Before You Go Out.

Always look at your outfit before you leave the house.  If it looks too busy, take one piece away or trade it in for a more simplified, classic version.  A good way play with your outfit is to remove one piece of jewelry or to try a different accessory to see if it elevates your entire outfit.  Sometimes changing from a statement shoe for a simple set of pumps or sneakers can actually add to your look.

What are some of your style rules?  Do you have any favorite statement accessories in your closet? Or, are there any that you really want to buy this season?  If so, I’d love to hear.

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Outfit: Shoes by Emporio Armani. Hand bag by Kate Spade. Dress by Forever21

Photo credits to Rise Again BJJ

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  • Saira February 15, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Great tips girly!! That bag is absolutely stunning!! I LOVE statement bags soo much and definitely agree with these tips!!


    • miki February 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Saira!! I could use more statement bags. lol Xo, Miki

  • Alyse (J.X.L.) February 15, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Bleh, I don’t think my comment posted.

    I was gonna say these are good tips. I’ve always considered statement bags sort of “high maintenance” dressing, but they might be worth a try since I wear so many neutrals anyways!

    • miki February 15, 2016 at 6:43 pm

      Haha. That’s cool. A statement bag can just be a pop of color, have some cool detail or just have something whimsical & fun, like caricatures and smiley faces. You definitely don’t need to spend a lot on a bag for it to be your statement piece. One of my favorite clutches I own was purchased on sale for $40. It has this hard shell gold piece with cool cut-out detail and I’m never going to get rid of it. I’d love to see what you end up with, whether it’s $30 or $1000! 🙂
      Xo, Miki

  • Elle February 17, 2016 at 2:22 am

    What a beautiful bag and pics!
    xx Elle

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    • miki February 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Aww, thanks so much!! 🙂 Xo, Miki

  • Prudence February 17, 2016 at 3:24 am

    I am absolutely obsessed with pom pom too and love the one you have, it matches with your bag perfectly!


    • miki February 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Yeah, I totally lucked out on the color matching! 🙂 Thanks so much!
      Xo, Miki

  • March and May February 18, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Great tips and great dress. Love the color of your bag. So elegant and yet so much fun.

    March and May

    • miki February 29, 2016 at 2:48 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Rachel February 22, 2016 at 3:06 am

    lovely photos and love the bag!

    • miki February 22, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks so much! 🙂 Xo, Miki

  • Carmen February 25, 2016 at 10:54 am

    This bag is absolutely great! I love this color:) xx, Carmen –

    • miki February 25, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks! It’s especially nice to wear when it’s cold or cloudy. Such a pick me up kind of color. 🙂

  • Ella Pinto February 26, 2016 at 4:58 am

    I have alot of things I go to in my wardrobe, but at the moment I’m feeling that I want to revamp it. I want to dress better and essentially, how I really want to dress myself because it’s hard sometimes stepping out of my comfort zone. But when I do find something I absolutely want to buy or have as a statement accessory, I’ll definitely get back to you. Your sense of fashion is right up my alley.

    And thank you for these tips – I’m favoriting this post exactly because of that. You’re amazing and I feel like hugging you.

    Ella x

    • miki February 27, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Ella, you are so sweet! I’m really glad these tips help. As long as you are happy, enjoy your purchase and wear it with confidence your new statement accessory will be a great addition to your wardrobe. Xo, Miki

  • Remi Sabbah March 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    You look wonderful darling! Love how you paired neutral colours with your statement handbag! <3 xxx
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    • miki March 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks so much. Always a safe choice if a person is not used to wearing bolder colors, right? 🙂

  • Jasmine March 2, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I love your tips and your outfit looks amazing!!! I would love to get a nice statement bag all I have is cross body purses in brown and black haha. If anything I would love to get one pink statement piece as its my favorite color!!!

    Jasmine 🙂

    • miki March 3, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Definitely worth getting a bag in a color you love because you know you’ll want to wear it!

  • Sheela Goh March 5, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    When an accessory makes such a bold statement, it’s only apt that everything else is kept to a bare minimum, a clean slate 🙂

    p/s I adore that pom pom

    • miki March 6, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Thanks Sheela! 🙂

  • Gitta March 6, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Great bag ! It definitely is an eye-catcher !

    x Gitta

    • miki March 6, 2016 at 11:45 am