How to Style a Messenger Bag for a Casual Night Out

Guest post: written by Dana Hughes

As the archetypal woman of the 21st century, you know that travelling light is almost never possible. In this day and age, we are almost always on the go and as a result we need to be able to carry all our essential items practically, but stylishly as well. This versatile canvas bag is the must-have item of this season when it comes to carrying all your beloved possessions in a classical, but practical fashion, as it can be incorporated in a number of different outfits, depending on what you have planned. After working tirelessly all week, rocking all variants of high-heeled shoes and formal outfits (trying to match your company’s strict corporate dress code) you can finally feel excited about the weekend when you get to tuck all these items away and let your fun personal side take over. It’s Saturday morning, you’ve called up your girls and you’re ready to go on a casual night out to have some drinks and perhaps even go bowling. Have you figured out what you are going to wear?

Denim Is Timeless

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It’s safe to say that we’ve all seen fashion trends come and go throughout the years, but there is one that has persisted relentlessly despite all the high competition against it: denim. Its unmistakably casual, yet grungy appearance is precisely why we’ve chosen this look as our number one choice and why we think it would be perfect for a casual and free-spirited night out with your best friends. What it says about you is that you don’t necessarily feel the need to show off in front of anyone, but on the contrary, you feel comfortable enough with them and with yourself to not have to put on a glam show. This type of denim shirt works perfectly with a messenger bag and you can complete this look with some flat ankle boots or even some ballet pumps.

Casual Does Not Equal Boring

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Nevertheless, just because you’re not hitting some major A-list party tonight and simply going for a casual drink night, that does not mean your outfit should be boring. In fact, this is the moment where your personality needs to shine through and where you need to let yourself go crazy with all sorts of patterns and fabrics that you would not necessarily mix between Monday and Friday. Since most messenger bags typically come in Earth colours, this means that if you want to step out of anonymity, you will have to pick bold, dominant colours and patterns for the rest of your outfit. This can mean anything from a floral shirt, such as the one above, a red cotton skirt or perhaps a much funkier combination of colours, which could include a sunny shade of buttercup, one of the trending colours for spring 2016

Timeless Staples for Those Rainy Days

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You might be one foot out the door and notice that the weather has suddenly turned against you. This is no reason to panic though. With the right selection of clothing, such as the one pictured above, you can still enjoy your night and even bring a touch of mystery to your look. Pair a wide brim hat with an oversized raincoat, add a marine-coloured scarf around your neck and you’ll be all set for the rest of the evening. So there you have it: our top three choices for fashionably wearing a messenger bag on a casual night in town. We hope you enjoyed our selection and look forward to hearing your suggestions for how you would match this classical item on a fun, casual social night with your friends.

1 comment

  1. I love messenger bags, I have never thought to wear one on a night out though. Its a good idea, saves you from getting drunk and leaving your bag somewhere! xx