Afternoon lovely people!
I’d like to take the time to tell you about one of my favourite accessories at the moment which is both stylish and uber practical… the box bag.
Originally popular back in the sophisticated era of the 1950’s, these compact square bags are just as handy and stylish today, they are big enough to fit in all your essentials and small enough to carry in your hand or hang off your shoulder without breaking your back.
I purchased my retro leather number from highstreet royalty Zara and what’s great about this box bag in particular is that it has two compartments to it. In one section you can store the long strap if you want to use the smaller handle, and can use the other for your bits and bobs, or alternatively, you can fill both and carry more if you use the long strap.
What personally drew me to this particular bag was it’s stunning leaf green colour which is bang on trend this season, so gives it a modern update, but it is also a hue which looks a bit more retrospective and aged because of it’s earthiness rather than some of the pastel pinks out there at the moment.
I also really loved the ditsy patterned material wrapped and tied around the main handle giving it a bit of a bohemian vibe which I adore, and it also adds some more texture to the very linear, clean aesthetic. The bonus is if you’re having a bad hair day and don’t happen to have a hair band to hand you have a lovely hair accessory just waiting to adorn your tresses too.
They are definitely a bag style to make a statement of, and quite honestly I can say that as a recent Uni graduate I can’t generally splurge on fast fashion, so I tend to look for styles and prints that are going to be a staple in my wardrobe and won’t really date. Therefore, I like to buy accessories which are of a classic, timeless style which will suit many an occasion and outfit, and this Zara bag is just that.
If you’re anything like me and are on a budget I’d definitely recommend this bag and box bags in general if you’re looking for a small investment piece which can both glam up an outfit and can be worn as a practical alternative to your bog standard leather saddle bag without scrimping on your retro style.
Hi there lovely people!
I’d just like to take a moment to introduce myself and welcome you to Styled by Kate Wears. I’m Kate (enthusiastically waves hand), a full-time ginger, crazy fashion enthusiast from North East England.
Ever since being a little girl I have been completely obsessed with clothes. I would read glossy magazines like vogue and swoon over their elaborate fashion stories, where style was limitless and the garments on those pages were like whimsical costumes which could only be dreamed of in fairy tales.
More than 15 years later and I am a graduate of Fashion Journalism and reporting on and discussing fashion is basically what I love to do. I decided to set up this blog because I absolutely adore styling and photography and have been an active Instagrammer for a few years now. I haven’t written about fashion in a few months, since I left uni really because I’ve been focusing on other things, and I really miss it. Fashion for me, like so many, is like therapy. It is often said that money can’t buy happiness and in the most part I think that’s true, but I have seen people who are having a bad day, and they are about to give up until they try on that one item of clothing that just makes their face light-up. They have found an outfit that makes them feel confident and in that moment, in that dress or leather jacket or high heels, they feel like they are a new person who can conquer the world. If I could help one person to feel like that from reading one of my posts then I will have achieved my goal.
I want to create a place where I can discuss my latest musings and work, not only sharing pictures of outfits and shoots I have styled/photographed, but to also dispense any fashion advice that I may have and talk about how to get the seasons trends and how make them your own. I am also a huge history enthusiast. My personal style is very much based on past era’s and I have a huge love for vintage clothing. So you can also expect to find a few posts about vintage fashion and how to recreate certain looks from different era’s in time, today.
It’s always a little bit scary starting a new website but I’m excited for a new adventure talking about the thing I love most and I do hope you like reading it.