How to Wear a Printed Handbag

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A little over a month ago I purchased a floral canvas tote from Charming Charlie while on vacation for my birthday.  I fell in love with it because it reminded me so much of the floral pieces that Kate Spade carries.  With its water color print in vibrant white, green, orange, and pink, I was sure I would be able to pair it with several items in my closet.

Then I got home and I felt a little stumped as to how to wear it despite how much I loved it.  I finally came up with a simple solution and I wanted to share it with you.  Today I am showing four ways I styled this handbag and my trick for wearing a printed bag.

With any printed bag, there are usually more than one color, sometimes several such as mine.  I took the four colors in the tote and created a look around each specific one.  Here is how I wear a printed handbag.

WHITE

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To pick up on the white background in the tote, I selected a white dress I recently got and paired it with a basic denim jacket.  I love how the floral is a stand out in this look.  For a touch of color in the outfit, I did add some pink and orange beaded bangles that compliment the tones in the handbag.  There is also a subtle mixing of prints here with the flowers and the tonal geometric in the dress.  The tone of this look is perfect for going to a family gathering or going to brunch with the girls.

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Outfit Details

Remix FeatureHow To Wear a Printed Handbag | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogDenim Jacket  |  White Dress  |  Sueded Fringe Sandals

ORANGE

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Although the orange in the tote does not match perfectly to my coral jeggings, they look absolutely spectacular together in this outfit.  Technically I am pulling from three colors in the tote with the addition of the white tank and green lace jacket.  I would have never pulled this look together had it not been for the handbag.  I love how this outfit is great for the weekends with its more dressy casual vibe.

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Outfit Details

  • Green Lace Jacket: Anthropologie via Poshmark
  • White Tank: Catherines
  • Coral Jeggings: Torrid
  • Gold Textured Statement Necklace: Yours Clothing
  • Floral Canvas Tote: Charming Charlie
  • Caged Block Heel Sandals: Merona via Goodwill

Remix FeatureHow To Wear a Printed Handbag | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogGreen Lace Jacket  |  Coral Jeggings  |  Gold Necklace

GREEN

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Focusing on the green, I turned to my printed green pants.  This small geometric pattern looks great with the floral too.  And again, white gets to come in a play too in this lace top that adds so much texture.  Delicate gold tone jewelry give a feminine look to this office appropriate outfit.

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Outfit Details

Remix FeatureHow To Wear a Printed Handbag | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogLace Top  |  Green Pants  |  Black Lace Up Flats

PINK

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For my last look featuring this printed floral tote, I pulled my pink ombre skirt that I have had for a while.  It gives even more emphasis on the entire watercolor effect in the handbag.  Yet again, white gets to play a part by placing the skirt with a button down shirt that I tied at the waist.  This is another work wear look that can also be taken to meetings and shopping.

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Outfit Details

  • White Button Down: Lane Bryant
  • Ombre Skirt: Anthropologie
  • White Studded T-Strap Flats: BCBG via DSW
  • Chunky Chain Bracelet: Charming Charlie
  • Floral Canvas Tote: Charming Charlie

Remix FeatureHow To Wear a Printed Handbag | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion BlogWhite Button Down Shirt  |  Ombre Skirt  |  White Stud Flats

There are so many more ways to wear this handbag, but I have to stop somewhere, right?!!  I am so glad I thought of this simple, yet effective way of styling this tote.  I wish I could link to this specific handbag, but have never seen it pop up online so if you are near a Charming Charlie, go in to see if they have it in your store.

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SHOP FLORAL TOTES

Shop Floral TotesTop Left: Bueno of California Women’s Floral Print Tote Handbag
Top Right: Neiman Marcus Floral Clear Tote Bag
Bottom Left: Ralph Lauren Bainbridge Floral Tote
Bottom Right: Ted Baker Floral Icon Bag

Today’s Postivity Note

Sometimes you have to stop thinking so much and just go where your heart takes you.

 Be Blessed!

Janeane

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6 comments

  1. Janeane, I love you! Ha, ha! This is fabulous! I have several printed bags and usually “if” I use them, I don’t even think about what I am wearing! But now! You have inspired me again. I love every outfit you have on. The minimal color selections and the perfect accessories make the bag the central focus of each outfit. I am so going to try this with my different printed bags and see what I can come up with. You really, made my day! – Amy
    http://www.stylingrannymama.com

    1. Yaaaahh! It was so funny because I was so thrilled to get it while on vacation and then back home I was like “now what do I do with this?” I am so glad I took a rather simple approach to it and relied on my color theory. I think the texture in the outfits keep them from falling flat when I am without my bag.

      Janeane

  2. I can see how you went with more solid colors to have the bag be part of the outfit—yet you’ve used texture wonderfully!! They all look wonderful!
    I actually do not have a printed bag (I have one that is color blocked–but it’s neutral).
    Your dog is a great photo bomber—he’d look great with the bag too!! 🙂
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    1. You have such a keen eye Jodie, I was definitely keeping texture in mind when creating these looks. And Luke is always roaming around when I take pictures so when I get a good one of him, I am so including it!

      Janeane

  3. Great post…I like all of your outfits, but am wild about the lace top. My daughter and I laugh and talk about how we prefer to buy handbags rather than clothing…because one size fits all. No struggles finding a handbag that fits 🙂

    1. Thanks! I get more people asking me about that lace top when out and about. I am even surprised it came from Sears which is not normally on my radar. Yes, that is one reason I love handbags too, no need to try them on to see if they fit! 🙂

      Janeane

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