Remember that backpack you used to lug back and forth to school for years? It got worn and tattered, but the memories it held--perhaps the initials of your first crush written on the strap -- kept it from landing in the garbage. Despite your sentimentality, after reading the Harry Potter books, maybe you were a bit jealous of the leather satchels that kids on the other side of the pond wore to school. Although you couldn't write your crush's initials on them without your mom, or rather mum, chastising you for ruining the leather, they had a certain appeal.
This spring, these classic schoolboy bags are popping up again. Only this time you have a chance to personalize them. With different colors and color blocking options, this staple piece can make a unique statement about your style, and the traditional monogramming option allows you to sign your initials to your style…or your crush's.
The uniform look might not be for you but try going back to the satchel's roots and pair it with a suit. Create a color block effect by choosing a suit with a bold color that contrasts your bag. You can take the color blocking further by picking a skirt, like this one, which incorporates the bag's color.
Avoid picking a color that is similar to the bag because it can make the outfit look bland. When picking accessories and shoes, keep the color scheme simple. Something in a similar tone as the blazer or a complementary tone will ensure that focus remains on the bag,
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Down to the Leather
Find a way to add a little more leather in your outfit to complement the satchel. A simple leather cuff works, but if you're looking for something a little more fun, try pairing it with a group of different colored leather bracelets. Don't be afraid to add even more funk by choosing bracelets like these with spikes or some other sort of decoration. Keep the rest of your outfit simple by choosing pieces that complement the bag or the bracelets such as this blue dress, which subtitling plays up the blue bracelet, and these shoes, which resemble the corners of the satchel.
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Pretty in Print
For those with a simple taste, it might not be appealing that satchels now come in neon shades. However, every once in awhile a plain jane can't help but want to look a little less plain. Pair your classic leather satchel with a bold print to step a little out of your comfort zone. Keep your accessories clean without embellishment to draw attention to the print on the dress and to avoid looking too gaudy.
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