Use it to add a pop of colour, plus 4 other tips to style the staple crossbody bag

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From runways to TV, skimming hips, or even on the body as a belt bag or around the neck, mini-bags are everywhere.

Here are five tips to style them:

1. Colour coordinate with other accessories, not just shoes.

Mini-bags give the space for your outfit to still be ramped up further with additional accessories such as necklaces, bracelets, bangles, sunglasses, and extravagant earrings.

2. Cement the talkability of a dramatic outfit.

Mini-bags can solidify a dramatic outfit into a statement-making moment. It’s a subtle difference that can add gravitas to your outfit to make it not only eye-catching, but memorably stylish too.

3. Add a touch of chic and cute to your street-casual look.

As seen on Zoë Kravitz and Jennifer Lopez, even the most boho and laidback of looks will benefit from the mini-bag trend– particularly because of the contrast that’s created between the bag and the clothes – resulting in a stylish look that upscales the most effortless streetwear, while the most kitschy and quirky mini-bag designs are balanced into being a trendy accessory.

4. Style it up, and later, down

A mini-bag makes a great alternative to a clutch. Matched with your more-formal looks, it adds a trendy feel that will instantly turn classic outfits into being more stylish. For a less-formal setting, use a mini-bag to dramatise key elements in your look – whether it’s a skin-revealing jumpsuit matched with long hair, adding glam to a strappy summer dress, an LBD, or a monochrome look with a chained mini-bag that has similar colour accents to your overall look.

5. Use it to add a pop of colour to an otherwise simple outfit

The benefits of the mini-bag are many: whether it’s colour, texture, embellishments, chains, cushioning, or avant-garde shapes in the designs, mini bags are interesting and bring joy to an outfit. If you’re in neutral top to bottom, or in a colour-matching jeans-and-blazer look, a mini-bag in a bright neon, shearling texture, or beading, will make your outfit pop and catch plenty of glances. 

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