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The bag guide
By Victoria Cowan, 9 December 2021
A girl can never have enough bags, right?! That’s why My Jewellery has created a blog that’s all about bags! Because bags truly are an essential for women. This bag guide is all about how to style bags & how to keep them looking beautiful for ages!
How to style bags
You know how it goes, you’ve got your beautiful handbag and before you know it you’ve filled it with almost everything you own! After a while your bag looks like your kitchen, bathroom and wardrobe have all been emptied into it but don’t worry, you’re definitely not the only one who’s guilty of that. Look in a random woman’s bag and you’ll learn so much about her personality! In short, handbags are very important to women. You could never have too many bags, because you need one every day! Whether you’re off to the office, school, a party or into town, a girl needs a bag! So allow us to tell you how to style that thing of beauty!
Styling your bags for the office or school Every woman needs a laptop and books when she’s off to the office or school. And preferably we’d like to fit all of our stuff into a bag without ending up with neck and back issues, because we all know how heavy those items can be. That’s why it’s so important to choose a bag that carries easily and comfortably. Of course, if you want to be able to carry your lunch box, water bottle, beauty essentials and notebook as well (and which woman wouldn't?) you’ll need quite a big bag! Go for a spacious laptop bag or an on-trend tote bag in a funky print. A leopard print tote or brightly coloured laptop bag would look amazing with an all-black outfit, total office ‘fit goals! Alternatively, switch things up with a statement outfit and a basic bag, regardless of your choice, with a good bag on your arm you’ll feel like a true power woman!
Leaving the house for a party without a handbag? No chance! A bag is part of a complete party outfit after all! Plus, where else would you keep your phone, lippie and house keys, especially if you’re wearing a pocketless outfit. And even if you do have pockets, nothing looks worse than pockets packed full of stuff, way to kill your outfit! So there ya go, a bag doesn’t just look good, it’s a true essential! A cute shoulder bag is the bag you need to complete your party outfit. A shoulder bag can be worn in two cool ways, as a cross-body and on your shoulder, which makes it super easy to wear. If you’re off to a wedding or themed party we love the idea of wearing a bright handbag, don’t be afraid to stand out! Why not go for a purple, green or orange shoulder bag? Try to match some of your jewellery to the colour you pick and check that the colour of the metal strap matches your jewellery, so silver with silver, and gold with gold. Matchy Matchy is what it’s all about. Are you all about hitting the dance floor every change you get? Then a shoulder bag or cute bum bag is definitely the way to go for you! Cross it across your body or wrap it around your waist, and your hands & arms are free to let loose on the dance floor!
Perfect bags for a day of shopping
Yes! Shopping, who doesn’t love it? (except maybe your bf?!) Planning on doing a tonne of shopping? Then we recommend bringing a small handbag for your purse and a large tote back for all of your purchases. That way you can stroll around town for hours without those wretched plastic & paper shopping bags cutting into your hands. Not to mention when the paper bags get wet and start to rip… total disaster! Life is so much better & fashionable (and more sustainable!!) with a reusable tote bag. Spice up your outfit by adding a cool strap to your bag. Want to have your hands free to feel the fabric, admire the accessories and enjoy your food? In that case, the bum bag is the way to go (again!). Which bag will we see you rocking in town?
Everyone has their favourite handbag, but after a while it’s bound to start showing some wear & tear. This leaves you with two options, either you have to buy a new bag, or you can maintain your bag by following our tips. That way you can continue to love your favourite bag! Tip 1: Keep you bag off the dirt Is your bag really dirty? Grab a (tooth)brush and carefully brush the dirt off your bag. Make sure to use a soft brush so you don’t damage the fabric, and use a clean damp towel to gently wash it off.
Tip 2: Spray your bag with water-repellent Pre-emptively spray your bag with dirt and water-repellent spray.
Tip 3: Keep the zips on your bag running smoothly Try not to pull too hard on the zips on your bag, and try putting some grease on the zip to make sure it opens smoothly.
Tip 4: Take care of you bag This kind of goes without saying, but take care of your bag. The corners of your bag are often quite vulnerable and prone to damage so try not to bump your bag into walls or put your bag on the floor everywhere you go.