Walking through Sather Gate after grabbing my morning coffee, I saw this girl outside Dwinelle and had to get a picture of her outfit. There were two things about her outfit that caught my eye: the printed pants and the neon orange Cambridge satchel. I couldn't help but envy how she could pull off the printed pants and adored the way that she toned down her tank and cardigan so that her pants would be the focal point. However, her neon orange satchel prevented her outfit from blending in with the blues and greys all around campus. I'm sure this bag could be spotted from across campus, making this Fashionista very easy to identify.
Though we may not all want a neon bag, we do all need a statement bag in our lives. Personally, I used the same Steve Madden handbag almost my entire senior year of high school, and that was the bag my friends identified me by. While I, like many others, enjoy pairing my outfits with my bags, when I'm simply heading to class or to the dining hall for breakfast I don't spend much time searching for a certain matching bag. Rather, I have my go to bag that can go with almost any outfit. My Steve Madden bag had various shades of brown and grey on it, blending effortlessly with my daily school clothes.
For a statement bag, I would suggest choosing a bag that you love and that's practical. Many of my friends use Longchamp 'Le Pliage – Large' totes that can hold their notebooks, laptops, and everything else they need for class. As for the color, you could pick a brown or black color, which would go great with any color outfit and doesn't show dirt very easily (unlike a white handbag) or you can do what this Fashionista did and pick out a neon bag that would stand out with any outfit. Choose a bag that's durable, (many flimsy handbags made out of a cheap faux leather don't last long as the 'leather' begins to peel off) as you will be using it for an entire school year or even longer. The Cambridge Satchel Company has bags in almost any color, from neon to pastel, and various sizes, and they are very durable. If you haven't found your statement bag yet, it's time to get to shopping!