How to Style the Tote Bag YOU are About to Win!

Editor’s note: As a member of the Poplin community, by now you know how much importance I place on creating opportunities for people to be seen and heard. I’m ELATED to introduce a new Poplin contributor, Sophia Rahimi. Sophia has a deep love of fashion that is contagious. When I met her, I knew that helping amplify her voice would be as valuable to you, Dear Reader, as it would be to her. It’s pretty great to hear from the next generation, and as such, you’ll be hearing from her from time over the next few months. Enjoy!

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As mentioned previously, we are giving away an awesome tote bag made by George Jennings. Details to enter are at the end of this post. For now, let’s talk about how to style that bag. It can be hard to style a handbag that has so much going on. The trick is to style the outfit down to balance it out. What I mean by this, is to wear a minimalist look that makes your handbag the feature of your ensemble. Here are a few looks you could go for using the different designs

4 Ways to Integrate A George Jennings Bag into Your

Authentic Personal Style

  1. The Professional Look

    Who says you need something uninteresting to be work appropriate. Introduce an unexpected bag to your otherwise classic sophisticated look.

This “Blue Bird” Tote BUT this outfit can be styled with any of the designs.

This “Blue Bird” Tote BUT this outfit can be styled with any of the designs.

The Tailored Blazer BLACK $149 from Zara

The Tailored Blazer BLACK $149 from Zara

Any Basic white Tee or Button up would work. This one is from Topshop for only $18

Any Basic white Tee or Button up would work. This one is from Topshop for only $18

RUCHED STRETCH PANTS  $89.90 | ZARA

RUCHED STRETCH PANTS $89.90 | ZARA

Rena Square Toe Mules $115 from TOPSHOP

Rena Square Toe Mules $115 from TOPSHOP

2. The Effortless Chic Look.

Another way to style these bags is with an “All White” effortless look. Communicate your relaxed and functional style whether your are out for brunch with friends or just running errands.

NAKEESA TOTE but can be styled with any of the bags!

NAKEESA TOTE but can be styled with any of the bags!

Hallogen Sleek Hoops from NORDSTROMS for only $25

Hallogen Sleek Hoops from NORDSTROMS for only $25

Marisela Hoops from NORDSTROM $38

Marisela Hoops from NORDSTROM $38

Blouse with gold Buttons $49.90

Blouse with gold Buttons $49.90

Fringed Pants $89.90 Zara

Fringed Pants $89.90 Zara

TOPSHOP Flicker Mules $80

TOPSHOP Flicker Mules $80

If you want to add more color to the outfit, switch out the whites to these Buckle Sandals $45 TOPSHOP

If you want to add more color to the outfit, switch out the whites to these Buckle Sandals $45 TOPSHOP

3. The Beach Bum Look

These Totes make the Perfect Beach Bags. They are Washable and Environmentally-Friendly so if it gets dirty, no need to worry.

SEATTLE TOTE

SEATTLE TOTE

FOR LOVE AND LEMONS CROCHET TOP $96.67 and CROCHET SKIRT $115.98. THESE ARE ON SALE.

FOR LOVE AND LEMONS CROCHET TOP $96.67 and CROCHET SKIRT $115.98. THESE ARE ON SALE.

RAYBAN ROUND EVOLVE GLASSES GREEN $183

RAYBAN ROUND EVOLVE GLASSES GREEN $183

Retro Vintage Clout Goggle Heart Sunglasses AMAZON $6.99

Retro Vintage Clout Goggle Heart Sunglasses AMAZON $6.99

ZAFUL $20.49

ZAFUL $20.49

TOPSHOP PLUNGE ONE PIECE $52

TOPSHOP PLUNGE ONE PIECE $52

UO Ava Neoprene Platform Sandal $29.00

UO Ava Neoprene Platform Sandal $29.00

4. The Trendy / Hipster Look

If you prefer to show off your creative side, pair a casual jacket with a trendy bottom. Feeling bold? Opt for fashion forward shoes or another fashion forward item to up your game.

Ballerina Pouch

Ballerina Pouch

ASOS DESIGN denim shrunken jacket with fleece collar in mid wash blue $64

ASOS DESIGN denim shrunken jacket with fleece collar in mid wash blue $64

River Island sleeveless roll neck body in ivory $19

River Island sleeveless roll neck body in ivory $19

Monki Cord Mini Skirt In Yellow ASOS $40

Monki Cord Mini Skirt In Yellow ASOS $40

ASOS DESIGN straight leg combat pants  $48.00

ASOS DESIGN straight leg combat pants $48.00

Dr Martens faux leather 1460 8-eye boots in black  $148.00

Dr Martens faux leather 1460 8-eye boots in black $148.00

Cairo chunky Trainers TOPSHOP $65

Cairo chunky Trainers TOPSHOP $65

As you can see, these bags are versatile and can be used in many different ways, with many different outfits. Another great way to use this bag is when going to the gym. Pair it with your favorite joggers and sneakers and you are all set.

Here’s how to enter to win:

5 entries: Sign up for the Poplin newsletter and sign up for George’s mailing list to be entered to win. (Already on the Poplin email list? You’re halfway there!)

1 entry: Follow Poplin Style and George Jennings Art on Instagram

10 entries: Tag a friend (or more on Instagram). Every tag is 10 entries and yes, you can enter as many times as you’d like.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 13th.

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Hey guys! My name is Sophia and I graduated from San Francisco State University, with a degree in Consumer Family Science, and an emphasis in Fashion Merchandise. I lived in Germany until the age of 12 and originate from Persia, so I speak three different languages. My mom has seven sisters and one brother, then all of the sisters have kids (majority girls). All of us love clothes! I would describe my personal style as trendy, 90’s grunge and Euro.