What Exactly Do I Wear With the Orange Leather Bag That I KNOW I'm Going to Win?

Paper thinks orange leather tote bag from Cleanscapes. Enter to win by signing up for the Poplin e-mail list here.

Paper thinks orange leather tote bag from Cleanscapes. Enter to win by signing up for the Poplin e-mail list here.

I'm especially enthusiastic about all of the people signing up on the Poplin email list in the hopes that they might win this orange leather tote bag- and receive some useful information from me in the future, of course. If you want to see me get REALLY excited, you'll see me creating an outfit inspired by said handbag. Not sure what you'd wear with this baby? Here are a few suggestions, depending on your personal style.

For the woman who is:

1. Polished, relaxed, bright and confident.

Begin with a navy a-line dress from Madewell. Functional, put-together and comfortable enough to wear hours on end. Have I mentioned that it has pockets? Add in a platform shoe, navy tights (yes, the opaque tight and open-toed shoe work), a bright accessory and a little something to keep you warm. Ooo la la.

Gallerist ponte v-neck dress. Night vision. Also available in red. Madewell. $118. 

Gallerist ponte v-neck dress. Night vision. Also available in red. Madewell. $118. 

Factory Stripe knit pocket blazer. J Crew Outlet. Was: $89. Now: $59.50. 

Factory Stripe knit pocket blazer. J Crew Outlet. Was: $89. Now: $59.50. 

Opaque pantyhose. Available in zillions of colors. Midnight blue (shown). American Apparel. $16.

Opaque pantyhose. Available in zillions of colors. Midnight blue (shown). American Apparel. $16.

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Kate Spade Skinny rectangle necklace. Available in three colors. Saturday.com. $40.

Kate Spade Skinny rectangle necklace. Available in three colors. Saturday.com. $40.

Miz Mooz Fancy Pump. Available in whiskey (shown) and brown. Infinity Shoes. Was: $139.95 Now: $79.95. 

Miz Mooz Fancy Pump. Available in whiskey (shown) and brown. Infinity Shoes. Was: $139.95 Now: $79.95. 

2. Sophisticated, vintage-inspired, urban.

No need to wait until spring for this bag to bring sunshine into your wardrobe. Break out your camel, winter white coat or plaid wool coat, your favorite pair of boyfriend jeans and take it from there. These shoes are for the true fashionista who is able to rock platforms despite Seattle's hilly streets. 

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AG jeans the Drew Boyfriend jean. AG Jeans. $185.

AG jeans the Drew Boyfriend jean. AG Jeans. $185.

Fossil Laura Funnel collar coat WC5262. Fossil. Was: $248. Now: $169. Plus $25 off any purchase of $125 or more. 

Fossil Laura Funnel collar coat WC5262. Fossil. Was: $248. Now: $169. Plus $25 off any purchase of $125 or more. 

Jil Sander Navy Patent-leather platform brogues. The Outnet. Was: 465. Now: $186.

Jil Sander Navy Patent-leather platform brogues. The Outnet. Was: 465. Now: $186.

Classic Crew-neck sweater. Available in multiple colors. Old Navy. $14.97- $24.94.

Classic Crew-neck sweater. Available in multiple colors. Old Navy. $14.97- $24.94.

3. Professional, classic and inspires confidence.

A highly functional dress is one that has sleeves (no need for a cardigan!) and/or pockets. If you find one that has both and you like the way you look in it, it will quickly become a must-have. When you find one that meets both criteria AND is appropriate for a meeting with the boss, you know this is a good day to buy a lottery ticket.

Green and orange are great together. Whenever I've paired the two, the compliments seem to go on and on. Just remember, the stem never clashes with the flower- green goes with everything. Trust nature on this one. Just make sure the colors are of similar intensity- bright/bold or soft/subtle. 

Heritage green shirt dress. Banana Republic. $110. 40% off BR purchases through 1/28. CODE: BRMAJOR.

Heritage green shirt dress. Banana Republic. $110. 40% off BR purchases through 1/28. CODE: BRMAJOR.

Voleta Coat. Club Monaco. $429.

Voleta Coat. Club Monaco. $429.

Sam Edelman Loren. Zappos. Was: $200. Now: $139.99.

Sam Edelman Loren. Zappos. Was: $200. Now: $139.99.

Here it is again!

Here it is again!

Of course, you could also pair bright colored loafers or moccasins with this bag. Yellow or blue would be a great complement to the orange. Or, go for a chambray shirt with a yellow and white striped skirt plus nude sandals. The options are endless.

The takeaways:

1. As it turns out, an orange bag is more practical than it seems.

2. I hope you've entered to win. It's stylish, functional and sustainable. How very Seattle.

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