How to style a red handbag in 9 killer outfits

Behind every successful woman is a fabulous handbag.

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This little red clutch handbag from Coach is my first red handbag and I’m now completely sold that every woman should own a red handbag.

I’m very picky with handbags and had to shorten the shoulder strap to a length of my liking. I have an easy tutorial here if you’d like to do the same.

I used to be intimidated by red, but I’ve finally realised that red is the ultimate classic accent colour, and it’s actually pretty easy to wear when styled right.

Take the red lip, for example. It’s the most classic way to dress up your face. It gives such a strong and fearless look yet it’s timeless and will never go out of fashion.

As an accent, red can feel a bit too bold to wear, but in the form of a little handbag, it’s a classic accessory that’s very easy to wear.

Red shoulder handbag paired with black and white V neck crop tank top, black leather skirt, oversized black boyfriend blazer and black leather heeled ankle boots
Black and white polka dot V neck tank top from Topshop. Black oversized boyfriend blazer from Forever 21 (bought in Singapore). Black faux leather skirt from Forever New. Black Goldeneye ankle leather boots in black nubuck from Bared Footwear.

Style with neutral coloured outfits to add a nice pop of colour. The little red handbag is a statement piece after all.

Red shoulder handbag paired with grey asymmetric neck cut out long sleeve top, camel mini bodycon skirt, black waist belt and black leather heeled ankle boots
Grey asymmetric neck cut out long sleeve top and camel mini bodycon skirt from Kookai. Black waist belt from Zara. Goldeneye ankle leather boots in black nubuck from Bared Footwear.

Style with a monochromatic outfit to add vibrancy. Bonus tip: Don a red lippie to match the red handbag.

Red shoulder handbag paired with monochromatic white long sleeve white blouse, white cream rouched bodycon pencil skirt and nude pointed sandals
White blouse raided from mum’s closet. Cream white rouched bodycon pencil skirt from Supre. Nude leather pointed sandals from Diana Ferrari.

I don’t have any red shoes but they would be killer a killer combo here.

When you have a plain outfit like this simple black shift dress pictured below, you can dress up the look with bold and quirky accessories in a way that is pretty much fail-proof.

Red shoulder handbag paired with black sleeveless shift dress and over the knee grey suede heeled boots
Black sleeveless pleated shoulder shift dress from Zara. Grey suede heeled knee high boots from Nine West.

When you match accessories with footwear, it ties the look together and completes the outfit.

Bonus tip: Match the hardware of your accessories also. In this example below, I have matching gold buckles on both my handbag and belt.

I also chose warm toned brown boots and belt to match the red handbag. Think it turned out alright?

Red shoulder handbag paired with white lace turtleneck sweater, cream floral neck scarf, brown leather belt, mini denim skirt and mauve over the knee suede heeled boots
White lace sweater from Uniqlo. Cream floral neck scarf from SheIn. Mini denim skirt in light wash from Jay Jays. Britney suede over the knee boot in canyon from Witchery.

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I don’t know why red and animal print look so good together but it just does. It’s a classic combo with an expensive feel.

Red shoulder handbag paired with leopard print halter sleeveless tank top, high waist harem khaki wide leg pants and black strappy heels
Leopard print halter top from SheIn. Khaki wide leg harem pants from Sheike. Swan strappy heels in black suede from Bared Footwear.

I’ve already pointed out before that red goes well with navy, but it also looks great with medium blue and white. Think nautical themes.

This is another classic combo that will never go out of fashion.

Red shoulder handbag paired with striped long sleeve turtleneck, medium blue wash high waist skinny jeans, black waist belt and white leather slides
Striped turtleneck top from YesStyle. Black waist belt from Zara. Classic high waist skinny jeans in medium blue wash from Fashion Nova. Shubar white leather sandal from Hype DC.

I think it’s a classic colour combination because it suits every skin tone and looks great on everyone.

Red shoulder handbag paired with white square neck crop top, cropped blue pleated culottes, black waist belt and white leather slides
White square neck crop top from Kookai. Blue cropped culottes from YesStyle. Shubar white leather sandal from Hype DC.

I love this little red handbag because it pretty much goes with everything, and can be styled up or down depending on the occasion.

Red shoulder handbag paired with navy merino cold shoulder turtleneck sweater, black floral wide leg pants and black strappy heels
Navy cold shoulder merino turtleneck sweater from Kookai. Black floral wide leg trousers from Sheike. Swan strappy heels in black suede from Bared Footwear.

I’m so thrilled with this little red handbag that for my next bigger bag, I think I’ll go with red again.

If you’d like more ideas on how to wear red, I’ve got a post here on how to style a red silk cami.

I hope you’ve been inspired to try rocking a red bag. I’d love to know if you have a favourite red bag or red outfit.

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