I wear a ton of black and grey and prefer to introduce color to my outfits via accessories, but that can be a little tricky during the winter months. Having some sort of thread to tie a brightly hued bag to your larger look can be difficult to find, particularly during the day when bags are bigger and color statements are larger by necessity.

The Botkier Howard St. Snakeskin-Embossed Satchel offers the perfect opportunity to pair bright color with your dark wardrobes because of the inherent color variation of snakeskin. Sure, this bag doesn’t exactly follow the natural color scheme of any reptile of which I can think, but it has all the necessary dark parts for outfit continuity, which is all you need.

For those of you who are unconvinced about the wisdom of wearing these shades of yellow and turquoise during the winter, fret not. I have a bright yellow bag that I carry at all different times of the year, and people seem to appreciate it all the more when it’s cold outside (or at least that’s when I receive the most compliments). Working brights into a dark wardrobe is easier than you think, and this bag gives you the perfect opportunity to try it out with your own wardrobe. Buy through Nordstrom for $575.

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  • Vitta

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, Nordstrom’s country, winters can be dark and gloomy. This well-designed number can really brighten up the usual blacks, grays and blues. The fact that it is embossing and not genuine skin is only a plus because rain will not ruin it.

  • Stylista

    Mmm…don’t really like the yellow and blue together here.


  • Chris

    I do not like the yellow and blue combination here, either. It is too much together with the snakeskin. JMHO of course.
    However, this bag might be really popular in Sweden. :-)

  • Vitta

    I like how the yellow, turquoise and black are thrown together in this surrealistic “snakeskin” pattern. Reminds me of a tropical scenery: ocean, sun, jungles, and dark mountains in the background. Nature! What can be more appealing?

  • shueaddict

    Well picked, Amanda, it’s a nice change and … a little crazy.

  • Lorie

    Cute, but I think I’d rather have had more blue than yellow.

  • Linda

    I like the shape of the bag but I do not like the two colors combined. If it were all blue or all yellow, it would be a classic. I love Botkier bags and own two of them. In all blue, this one would have made it into my collection.

  • Staci

    Amanda, I love the colors of this Botkier bag. I wear color regardless of the season and would love to add the Howard St. Snakeskin-Embossed Satchel to my wardrobe!

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