Life is short. So let’s make every outfit count. Today, we’re going over 11 styling hacks to spice up or refashion your handbags, backpacks and clutches.
1. TIE ON A SILK SCARF
One of the easiest things you can do to make your bag stand out is to tie a silk or satin scarf around the loops of your bag.
You can get creative with different knots and bows or tie a simple knot like we have above.
2. GLAM IT WITH A TASSEL
Spice up your bag with a fun tassel - an easy way to add an accent to a plain bag.
We also love adding fluffy pom-poms to the chain for a playful touch.
3. ADORN IT WITH PATCHES
Remember all the fabric patches we put on our denim jackets and backpacks as kids? It's time to bring them back.
Add fun and memorable patches to your cloth bags for an old-school personalised touch.
4. WRAP THE HANDLE WITH A SCARF
Dig into your closet for different scarves and wrap them on the handle of your bag to add a pop of colour to your black, brown and even red purses.
You can try on different wrapping techniques to keep your style fresh and unique.
5. WRAP THE HANDLE WITH A SCARF
One of our favorite hacks at the moment is hanging another small pouch to the side of our bags.
This mini coin purse is an easy way to store the most important things - keys, hand sanitizer or a mask.
6. REPLACE THE STRAP WITH A STYLISH CHAIN
Replace your leather straps with a stylish chain to give your bag a new, classy look. You can also hook on a simple necklace between the hoops of your bag for a personalised, dainty touch.
This hack instantly upgrades any purse or crossbody and you are sure to get compliments on this one.
7. THROW ON A KEYRING
One of the easiest ways to highlight your bag is choosing a fun keyring - this could be something practical like a real key holder, or something more fun and colourful.
We love using keyrings with something personal like names or initials or even something quirky like holiday souvenirs.
8. PIN ON METAL STUDS
To add a bit of a retro sparkle, pin on different metal studs to your backpacks or leather clutches.
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Just like the patches, this is an easy hack to hide any marks or wear and tears in the fabric.
9. PLAY AROUND WITH STRAPS
Mix, match and play around with different straps to carry your bag in different ways. You can use leather or fabric belts or even use multi-colored guitar straps.
Bonus: Adding a shorter strap is an easy way to convert any small bag into a fanny pack!
10. EXPRESS IT WITH PAINTS
Get in touch with your artsy side with this tip. Refashion your older canvas totes or backpacks with an easy painting DIY.
You can keep things simple by using stencils or do an all-out mini painting if you’re feeling bold.
11. MAKE IT BRAND NEW WITH EMBROIDERY
For those with a little experience with stitching and embroidery - this tip is for you. Add a classy, personalised touch to any cloth bag with simple embroidery.
Be it florals, your initials or a short quote, this DIY will instantly make your old canvas bag your favourite one to carry anywhere.
So here are 11 hacks that we’ve used to spice up new purses or bring a new life to our older bags. Let us know in the comments which one was your favourite tip!