Fashion can get a little tricky when trying to mix lots of pieces with different textures and patterns, and for better or worse (we think for better), texture and pattern are all over the place lately. The moment’s trends call for bold looks from head to toe, and it can be a little daunting to try and figure out how to piece together a look like that at the mall – in fact, you really don’t want to know how many pieces I went through before I chose the ones you see above.

Because we like to be helpful, we’ve put together two bold looks, one casual and dressy, based on the very trendy Marc by Marc Jacobs Tribal Pixie Bucket Bag. A bag that has so much personality can be hard to style, but if you focus on incorporating pretty prints and standout accessories, you’ll have an outfit in no time.

The Bag

I wasn’t sure about it initially, but the more I look at the Marc by Marc Jacobs Party Girl Tribal Pixie Bucket Bag, the more I love how spunky and fun it is. Also, it’s the perfect size to use for day or night: it’ll fit your essentials for weekend activities like shopping or lunch with friends, but it’s not too big or bulky to be inappropriate for night. Plus, with a neutral color and gunmetal hardware, the folks at Marc by Marc Jacobs did a good job reigning in what could have been an overly exuberant design. Buy through ShopBop for $398.

Now, on to the looks:


Roberto Cavalli Printed Silk Kaftan: This may not be the first top you look to for a casual outfit, but fashion is all about reconsidering our conceptions of print and texture recently. Why can’t something as beautiful as this be worn during the day? There’s no good reason, particularly if it’s styled correctly. The painterly color palette gives you a million colors to work with, but in order to dress down, you should let this kaftan speak for itself without layering on the colorful accessories. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $815.

Paige Denim Jimmy Jimmy 2 Jean Short: If there’s a better way to make a dressy top casual than by pairing it with jean shorts, I certainly can’t think of it. The downmarket staple has become something of a fashion hit this season and they’re a perfect foil for a flowing, girly top. I prefer a dark wash to keep your look high-end, and this particular pair can be worn as a cuffed short-short or rolled down as a pair of mid-thigh cut-offs. I’d roll them up so that they just peek out from under the Cavalli kaftan. Buy through ShopBop for $129.

Jeffrey Campbell Nena Sandals: I’m not much of a fan of black sandals for summer so I went to great lengths to not include them, but I also wanted to make sure that the shoe still coordinated with the bag in some way so that they’d both make sense in the context of the outfit. Since the gunmetal hardware on the bag is so prominent, the similar gunmetal finish on these nearly all-metal flat sandals is almost an obvious choice. You could pair the shoes and the bag with nearly any outfit and still be ok, but the metal coordinates well with some the Kaftan’s darker hues. Buy through Nordstrom for $99.95.

CC Skye Pavé Pyramid Stud Earrings: With such strong statements in the bag and top, you really don’t need anything but a bit of bling at the ears for a daytime look. Keeping the shape simple and modern keeps the look young. Buy through ShopBop for $150.


3.1 Phillip Lim Printed Silk Dress: I can’t even tell you how in love I am with the splatter-paint pattern of this dress. Not only is it thoroughly and completely modern, but the spots mimic the hardware of our bag and the colors give us tons of inspiration for accessories. When a dress is mostly dark, the best trick for a standout ensemble is to pick accent colors from the pattern and pull them out for bold shoes and jewelry. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $650.

Yves Saint Laurent Agate Drop Earrings: Chunky jewelry with lots of personality will get you more compliments than anything in your wardrobe, I know that for a fact, and the bright purple raw stone in these YSL earrings are the kind that will make you want to wear your hair up at all times to gain maximum exposure. They’re so vibrant that I want to build an outfit around them, too, but that’s a thought for a different day. Buy through Saks for $295.

Elizabeth and James Mason Suede Platform Pumps: This chartreuse color is my favorite of the moment, and putting it on an suede pump with an architectural platform is pretty much an awesome decision by whomever designed these. They lighten up the outfit considerably, and I could see them being paired with everything from this dress to a pair of super-dark skinny jeans and a neutral top. Chartreuse platforms will make pretty much any outfit exciting and modern. Buy through ShopBop for $350.

DANNIJO Frankie Cuff: This cuff could actually fit in equally well in either outfit (and basically every outfit in my closet), but I put it with the evening look because everyone wants a little more jewelry at night and it ties in the color of the bag’s hardware with the rest of the outfit. The bracelet is big and noticeable without being too much bling. Buy through ShopBop for $430.

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Share Your Thoughts With Us

  • Mika

    love the outfits and the accesories but not in love w/ the bag. (fb)

  • Shine

    I love this chocice for mix and matching, specifically Philip Lim dress, i agree with you that Macc by Marc Jacobs Pixie bucket will work good on this outfit, or any other handbag.. i will be using the stud earrings to compliment my studed bag.. then highligt my look with a yellow pumps.. I also like to wear Cavalli Kaftan dress with Jeffry Campbell Nena Sandals, bag will be perfect for this laid back look,(fb)

  • marian t

    love it all, pretty pretty outfits and accessories, and maybe the bag too. (fb)

  • Shine

    I never really appreciate bucket bags but Amanda thank you because of this selection that you have i feel that Bucket bags makes a good choice for good essembles of clothes.. (fb)

  • ad

    in my opinion the bag suits a more laid back outfits rather than something that u will wear in the evening. because i can totally imagine how to rock the bag in a casual outfit but carrying it in the evening? that seems a bit off to me. though, i would say that the pumps are wearable for both occasion, no? (fb)

    • Mini crossbodies are a huge, huge trend for evening right now, but most people think of them as casual. I’m trying to encourage people to expand their conceptions of what can be worn for what occasions – that’s what makes fashion so fun.

  • Kate

    I didn’t like this bag when I first saw it but I really like it how you’ve styled it (fb)

  • Rach

    I like the bag but would never be able to pull off either of the outfits.

  • Pat

    The bag might grow on me, but it does look great with all the looks that are shown. This makes me want to look twice at bucket bags. (fb)

  • Tamee

    I personally wouldn’t pair a bag that busy looking with tops that busy looking. Too hard on the eyes, but that’s just my opinion! (fb)

  • Kayla

    I love everything besides the bag, too overdone in my opinion. (fb)

  • Mai

    I like the clothing combos and the idea of a crossbody is better than a clutch! I think I would lose the clutch… hehe (fb)

  • Leticia

    The bag is nothing without the styling! I find it really hard to come up with these looks, especially for the day. I usually end up wearing one “statement” piece and the rest will be really bland so it doesn’t “clash” with my statement piece, but this is a pretty interesting concept. In my opinion the clashing of prints and colours and details only add to the outfit. (fb)

  • Celeste

    That bag is not my style but I’ve had those Elizabeth and James shoes (in pink) in my cart for a couple days now :) (fb)

  • popita

    i really like that black tunic! this style of bag is already a big jump for me, coupled with the studs and hardware, might be a bit too much to take all at once… i would like to try a crossbody bag though, especially for traveling since i hear they are safer than other kinds of bags (shoulder, clutch, etc). thanks for putting together outfit ideas!! (fb)

  • Stacee

    That Robert Cavalli kaftan is supremely beautiful.

  • Roxanna

    I was never a fan of bucket bags, but the outfits are super cute. (fb)

  • robyn

    I wasn’t really sure whether I was a bucket purse fan or not….I am!! I want this purse and those outfits while I’m at it!! (fb)

  • Valentina

    I’m in love this bag. Loved the casual look, shorts were my faves this summer (it’s winter here in CL now). The evening look… I’m always using small earring and If they exceed the regular length or size…they’re always silver, I’m convincing my self I need to try new things much more often, after seeing those earrings, so thanks Amanda. (fb)

    • Try branching out with jewelry! There’s no better way to turn some regular clothes into a really interesting outfit. I shied away from jewelry for a while, but once I saw how often people noticed it and complimented me on it, I was convinced. I’d recommend finding a good vintage shop in your area – the jewelry that I have that people seem to notice the most (and that I love wearing the most) is almost all from the same vintage store and was usually under $25. Now the owner knows me and calls when they get in something she thinks I’d like.

      I’m seriously close to ordering those YSL earrings, though…yum.

  • Camille

    Very nicely done. This display of versatility makes the bag more appealing. (fb)

  • Jun

    I love both outfits, especially the day look. The bag is really neat and funky….just not so sure about pairing it with the dress and heels (fb)

  • covertanjou

    I love the outfits, but I don’t like the bag. (fb)

  • Karin bag4bag

    I love it when you team bags with clothes ! It is such fun. Thank you… Love the silk kaftan and that black silk dress is gorgeous. Anything silk is beautiful to wear on the skin. I have always liked the Marc Jacobs Pixie bucket, but have never owned a ‘bucket’ bag. Seeing it with outfits has showed me it is not just a night time party bag. (fb)

  • phyllis

    i love tis bag. FB

  • Debbie C

    Not into the bag at all. (fb)

  • swags

    Its a little too much hardware for me but I do really like the shape and style of the bag.

  • Lily

    I’m sure those outfits will match d bag really well. Te bag is really in fashion now. It’s a matter of how u wear it to make it stand out :) (fb)

  • Melody

    omg i absolutely adore the Roberto Cavalli Printed Silk Kaftan.. to the point dat i din notice the bag haha…anyway that aside, i tink the bag roxs but not with the outfits shown above (fb)

  • Jane

    Great choices! I am obsessed with the Spring fashions right now. I love floral prints, stripes, dots, and cut off denim shorts. I love my cut off jean shorts and now they are back in fashion! You picked some incredible pieces for day and night looks. (fb)

  • Sofia Nolan

    the dress is to die for !

  • Adrienne Zedella

    love the shorts! (fb)

  • satany_caftan

    Cute bag love the eyelet strap. Love the shoes that colour is unbelievable. Could not agree with you more that giant bold jewelry will get the most complements, I wear a necklace from my favorite designer (MIMCO) that is a giant Swarovski crystal encrusted pirate ship, that gets the most complements of all my jewelry and I have a lot of jewelry. (fb)

  • Tiff Chao

    That is a really rad bag! I also remember collecting those type of stones (YSL earrings) when I was younger. (fb)

  • Leslie

    I really love those gladiator sandals and the RC top. (fb)

  • Lizzie

    Ooooh I LOVE this! More posts like this please :)

  • Brenda Cervantes

    LOVE the dress and the pumps! I’ve always wanted yellow shoes! (fb)

  • Joy

    I am loving the whole outfit with all the clothes and accessories, but not loving the bag. lol
    Sorry marc jacobs… but I truly am a huge fan!

  • kim

    Not loving the bag…I do love the kaftan though! Gorgeous! (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    WOW! what fun! (fb)

  • faith24

    i am not loving this bag but i love this feature of dressing bag up or down (fb)

  • Monique

    It’s Wednesday. I’m hopeful about the Linea Pelle giveaway! (fb)

  • Lynda

    I want that baga and the shoes. (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    The suede platforms are fierce. (fb)

  • Jelita78

    the frankie cuff is already big accessory..
    if it doesn’t kill ya, u might want to hold off the dangling earrings. (ipad)