September 17, 2022

The 4 Bags That Suit Every Fall Occasion

At CURATEUR we believe that accessories are what transform a so-so look into one that stands out, so we always make sure our curations and Shoppe offerings include options that put the perfect finishing touches on your ensemble and let your personal style shine! And one of our newest additions, All of the Above (also known as AOTA), has arrived just in time to help you refresh this season. Between the Elena Bucket Bag our CURATEUR-in-chief Rachel Zoe chose specifically for our fall box and the additional styles she and the team selected for our curated e-storefront, we’ve got chic fall bags to suit EVERY occasion.

Besides the sleek, minimalist designs, a major reason we wanted to work with AOTA is its sustainable mission. The brand makes all its bags using recycled polyurethane, or PU. “Since we love animals and the planet, we refuse to use leather,” explains Samantha Serrano, a member of AOTA’s creative team.  “We have always been cruelty-free, but in 2022 we decided to focus on recycled PU and waterborne PU.”

Utilizing materials that are recycled and vegan is of utmost importance, but that doesn’t mean the brand is willing to compromise on quality. “These materials are supple and smooth, echoing the feel of real leather with a cruelty-free reality,” Serrano adds. “We test durability to make sure these bags withstand the test of time. Our customer tends to be on-the-go and we make products as hard-working as them. We want our bags to be well-loved and well used. At AOTA we want you to have the best of all worlds.”

AOTA not only builds its bags to last, but it designs them to stick around for seasons to come. They’re versatile enough to pair with so many wardrobe favorites and we cannot wait to see how our members style them, but in case you needed a little extra help, we asked Rafael Romo (another member of AOTA’s creative team) to share some of the ways they can be worn this fall—no matter the occasion. Romo’s tips will help you get creative while looking so effortless, whether you’re in need of polished office attire or weekend wear that’s worthy of a glam Sunday brunch. Read on to get all the styling suggestions, plus shop the exact AOTA bags in The Shoppe for exclusive prices!

 

 For Everyday: The Bucket Bag

The perfect balance of fashion and function makes a bucket bag an ideal bag to carry day-to-day, and the Elena Bucket Bag offers a few special details that make it even more stylish and useful! “One of the best features of Elena is the crossbody (detachable) strap,” says Romo. “It also features a zipper compartment divider, to not only fit all your daily essentials, but help keep it organized too!” Of course its timeless nature makes this bag easy to pair with so many things in your wardrobe, but Romo loves seeing it this season styled with a few other fall staples, like your favorite pair of denim jeans and a crisp t-shirt or button-down layered with a classic blazer and/or cardigan jacket. “Finish it off with a comfy yet chic pair of loafers,” he adds.

For the Office: The Backpack

“Even though, while convenient and practical, backpacks have not always been a referent of style,” Romo shares. However, when it came time for AOTA to create a version, the brand set out to make one that you’d feel proud to carry anywhere—including to the office! It’s roomy enough to hold your laptop and other work essentials, but without compromising a cool yet professional aesthetic.

As for ways to wear it to work, Romo tells us he loves pairing the Grace Backpack with monochromatic tones to elevate the minimal design. “A wide leg trouser silhouette or a tailored cigarette style pant would complement the backpack very well,” he says. “Pair it with tucked-in turtlenecks or sweaters, or throw on a matching suit jacket. Finishing it off with a pair of sneakers, loafers, or heels if the occasion seems more fitting.”

For Date Nights: The Mini

There are so many different types of dates, but if you’re looking to create a flirty look for your next night out, you might want to try a bag that’s on the petite side, so it won’t compete with your outfit and isn’t too bulky to carry to dinner or dancing. Enter AOTA’s Hailee, which Romo says makes the perfect date companion! “It fits everything you would need: Wallet, keys, lipstick, and phone,” he explains of this minimally designed, sleek shoulder bag.

The Hailee’s 90s-inspired aesthetic gives Romo the idea to pair it with the kind of slinky dresses you might have seen on Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, or Linda Evangelista. “The feminine, minimalistic silhouettes complement each other,” he tells us. “It’s a simplistic approach to dressing without losing your shine!”

For Weekends: The Tote

“In our book, the weekends always involve some type of iced coffee, farmers markets, and brunch—with a little bit of relax time sprinkled here and there, of course,” Romo says. “So of course, the question of comfort comes to mind again, but as always not in compromise of style!” That’s where AOTA’s Marilyn Bag comes in handy with its roomy, structured shape with tubular handles for extra comfort.

So what outfit would Romo love to see this bag paired with on the weekend? Styles with flowy silhouettes or a bit of movement. “Think clean lines and for added interest, try a puffed sleeve or a gathered hem,” he explains. “Perfect for comfort while still looking effortlessly chic.”

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