Without a doubt, my favorite thing about fashion is the puzzle of putting together a great outfit. Choosing just the right disparate parts to come together and form a cohesive whole is always something I’ve enjoyed, all the way back to when I insisted that my mom buy me cowboy boots and a fake fur bomber jacket in kindergarten. Clearly, having the right pieces to mix together has always been important to me, even as a five-year-old. When our friends at AllSaints asked us to style their wares into two different outfits to explore the versatility of the brand’s handbags, I was the first to volunteer for the assignment.
I chose the AllSaints Bolshevik Folio Clutch as the basis for my looks for a few reasons. First, a large black clutch with a bit of embellishment is basically the best day-to-night bag you could ask for. Second, the AllSaints Bolshevik bags have the oh-so-important combination of black and gold that’s everywhere this season. Third, you can pick it up for $195, which means that you’ll have money left over for some new outfits. We have some (or, to be more specific, we have two – one edgy, one girly) suggestions for what you should pair with this clutch, right this way…
Like we already mentioned, the AllSaints Bolshevik Folio Clutch is just the right combination of versatile and trendy. Buy through AllSaints for $195.
Originally, I planned to pick a different pair of shoes for each outfit, but the AllSaints Hessian Boots just went so well with both the edgy and girly looks. I took it as a sign – these kicks are just as essential as the clutch. Buy through AllSaints for $275.
It doesn’t get more classically bad-girl than a perfectly worn-in black leather moto jacket. The AllSaints Walker Leather Biker Jacket is a wearable cool-chick archetype. Buy through AllSaints for $575.
Successful outfit-building is all about balance; neutral texture on top (like a leather jacket) deserves a complimentary print on bottom. The AllSaints Paradise Leggings are fantastically modern. Buy through AllSaints for $95.
Of course, I would never recommend leggings without also recommending an appropriate tunic-length top, like the AllSaints Quartet Gloss Top. Buy through AllSaints for $195.
An ensemble with varied textures and prints doesn’t need a ton of extra jewelry, but when you choose an eye-catching element on the bottom (in this case, printed leggings), it’s best to balance it with a bit of extra visual interest up top. The AllSaints Sabian Matinee Necklace mirrors the industrial-cool feel of the ensemble. Buy through AllSaints for $95.
If you think AllSaints’ aesthetic might be too tough for you, think again; the brand’s look is much more adaptable than you’d guess from its leather-and-combat-boots exterior. Not only is the AllSaints Hayworth Shirt Dress light and romantic, but it makes a great foundation for a feminine look. Buy through AllSaints for $225.
In my mind, there’s no better contrast for a diaphanous dress in cold weather than that of a plush oversized knit. The AllSaints Trail Cardigan fits that bill in spades. Dare I say you’ll wear it all winter? Buy through AllSaints for $175.
When dealing with multiple textures and oversized cuts, a good belt is essential. Skip the dress’s self-tie option and go with the AllSaints Fleet Belt, either under or over the sweater. Buy through AllSaints for $65.
NO prints and soft textures means the opportunity for lots-o-jewelry. Start with the angular-but-still-pretty AllSaints Teague Pendant Necklace. Buy through AllSaints for $145.
A little trick: if you’re wearing an oversized sweater, wear a bangle or bracelet on your dominant wrist to keep your sleeve out of the way for everyday tasks. I normally don’t condone matching jewelry, but the AllSaints Teague Bangle is just too pretty to separate it from the necklace of the same line. Buy through AllSaints for $95.