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How To Wear Your Handbag Like An ‘It’ Girl

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Read any French-girl style tips (here’s ours) and you’ll quickly learn that a great handbag is an essential addition to a great outfit.

Actually, you can literally wear the most basic outfit (i.e. a tee and jeans), throw on a cool bag and look the part (see below).

Every ‘It’ girl (and model-off-duty) loves a black leather/gold chain combo and looks beyond the classic ‘handbag’ for a point of difference to make their outfit unique. Instead she chooses backpacks, bucket bags and #youhearditherefirst the ‘belt’ bag (gasp!).

And then it’s all about pairing your handbag back with the right cool-girl wardrobe essentials like blazers and A-line mini skirts and getting creative with how you can carry your handbag differently.

Keep scrolling for our favourite shapes, what to wear them with and our secret styling tricks so that you can be the ‘It’ girl you are!

UP NEXT: we’ve found the ultimate day to night handbag!

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THE BACKPACK

For that low-key, ‘I woke up like dis’ kinda vibe, it’s all about the backpack. We love the vintage 90s vibes of this one, and the ‘mini’ size keeps it sleek and chic. Bonus points for gold chain straps *duh*!

Wearing Dylan Kain ‘Romy’ backpack, Aje skirt and Nela crop top.

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THE BACKPACK

For that low-key, ‘I woke up like dis’ kinda vibe, it’s all about the backpack. We love the vintage 90s vibes of this one, and the ‘mini’ size keeps it sleek and chic. Bonus points for gold chain straps *duh*!

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WEAR IT WITH...

Minimal outfits work best – think cute tops and skirts or tees and jeans with sneakers or brogues. Hello le weekend.

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WEAR IT WITH...

Minimal outfits work best – think cute tops and skirts or tees and jeans with sneakers or brogues. Hello le weekend.

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*STYLING TRICK*

There’s many ways to wear a backpack. Layer both straps over one shoulder if wearing it the conventional way makes you feel too much like a schoolgirl, or (just a thought)… why not wear it to the front? SO. GANGSTA.

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*STYLING TRICK*

There’s many ways to wear a backpack. Layer both straps over one shoulder if wearing it the conventional way makes you feel too much like a schoolgirl, or (just a thought)… why not wear it to the front? SO. GANGSTA.

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THE BUCKET BAG

The perfect allrounder, it will take you from work to weekend and beyond. It’s actually amazing what you can fit in here *just sayin* – we had a phone, room key, sunnies AND a mini camera hiding in there.

Wearing Dylan Kain ‘Bartoli’ bucket bag and Zara dress.

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THE BUCKET BAG

The perfect allrounder, it will take you from work to weekend and beyond. It’s actually amazing what you can fit in here *just sayin* – we had a phone, room key, sunnies AND a mini camera hiding in there.

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WEAR IT WITH...

It’s definitely a favourite on the street style scene but we think this is definitely the ‘one’ for the girls working 9-5. It will add a fashion-forward twist to everyday workwear but will look extra ‘It’ with boyfriend suits and blazer dresses.

Wearing Dylan Kain ‘Bartoli’ bucket bag and Zara dress.

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WEAR IT WITH...

It’s definitely a favourite on the street style scene but we think this is definitely the ‘one’ for the girls working 9-5. It will add a fashion-forward twist to everyday workwear but will look extra ‘It’ with boyfriend suits and blazer dresses.

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*STYING TRICK*

When it comes to bucket bags, we’re all about a short strap and a minimal design (but this one comes with a long strap too so you can change it up). Wear it cross body, wear it on one shoulder or wear it like Carmen does – the world is your oyster!

Wearing Dylan Kain ‘Bartoli’ bucket bag and Zara dress.

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*STYING TRICK*

When it comes to bucket bags, we’re all about a short strap and a minimal design (but this one comes with a long strap too so you can change it up). Wear it cross body, wear it on one shoulder or wear it like Carmen does – the world is your oyster!

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THE BELT BAG

This belt-turned-mini-bag is one of the coolest little things we’ve seen in a while. Not only would it make for epic Insta pics, it’s also an amazing bang for buck/2-in-1 situation. Watch how it converts into a little purse for the evening (ideal for those who roll with a zero-cash policy).

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THE BELT BAG

This belt-turned-mini-bag is one of the coolest little things we’ve seen in a while. Not only would it make for epic Insta pics, it’s also an amazing bang for buck/2-in-1 situation. Watch how it converts into a little purse for the evening (ideal for those who roll with a zero-cash policy).

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WEAR IT WITH...

If you’re not one to play it safe, and you’re keen for something different that will make your outfits look next level, this is the look for you. Do leather on leather and bright colours to be extra cool girl or tone it down with a simple black slip dress.

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WEAR IT WITH...

If you’re not one to play it safe, and you’re keen for something different that will make your outfits look next level, this is the look for you. Do leather on leather and bright colours to be extra cool girl or tone it down with a simple black slip dress.

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*STYLING TRICK*

Wear it all-in-one, or wear the items on their own – we love how this piece can be super fashion forward or totally wearable as a belt and mini bag combo.

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*STYLING TRICK*

Wear it all-in-one, or wear the items on their own – we love how this piece can be super fashion forward or totally wearable as a belt and mini bag combo.

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