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Luxe to Less 17 November 2021

A Pop of Orange: Luxe to Less Summer Bags

The bag for a bold summer in every hue, for every budget.

We all know orange is set to be the colour of the season. From the Spring/Summer runways in Paris to Milan, orange anything is bang on trend! We understand a bright orange dress may place you far out of your white shirt and black pant comfort zone. Donning an orange bag is the sure solution – effortlessly elevating any ensemble. It’s arguably the easiest way to pledge your loyalty to the sunset hue. This look is not limited to large budgets. Shop our Luxe to Less for inspiration whatever your price point!

Words By Ellen Madden


Saint Laurent’s Le Carré Leather Shoulder Bag is our season’s must-have. It’s crafted from luxurious leather, complete with antique gold fastenings and fit with an adjustable shoulder strap. This is the orange bag to have on hand.

We’ve paired this beauty with Brunello Cucinelli’s Pleated Cotton-blend Jersey Shorts that can only be described as the epitome of contemporary class. They’re a classic bermuda short that finish just shy of the knee. It’s as if the cream colour was made to be worn with the muted orange, complimentary without stealing the show.

To add a touch of femininity, opt for an off the shoulder crop top. Zimmermann’s Pleated Bodice Crop Top certainly does the trick. It features a flattering sweetheart neckline, brown and cream floral print, a V-shaped back and elegant pleated detailing.

Our luxe look is perfect for the summer festive season and bound to earn you best dressed at any work Christmas party!

Clockwise Left to Right:

Celine Eyewear Cat-eye Sunglasses, $455, Mytheresa
Zimmermann Pleated Bodice Crop Top, $981, Farfetch
Maison Margiela Gold Semi Polished Earrings, $710, SSENSE
Saint Laurent Le Carré Leather Shoulder Bag, $4,100, Mytheresa
Bottega Veneta Black Stretch Heels, $1,290, SSENSE
Brunello Cucinelli Pleated Cotton-blend Jersey Shorts, $1,444.52, Net-A-Porter


When thinking of bright coloured, statement bags the mind goes straight to that of Jacquemus. Their bags have garnered a cult following, and rightly so, creating luxe bags that guarantee longevity – at a fraction of the usual high-end price.

Jacquemus’ Orange Le Chiquito Clutch is made from vegetable-tanned buffed leather and finished with burnished edges in black. The bag boasts versatility with a detachable and adjustable strap, allowing the user to easily change the length and look.

For those warm summer days, pair the bold handbag with a simple slip dress. We are envisioning Reformation‘s Provence Open-back Midi Dress. It’s a coffee-coloured slip made from a silk-satin material with lace trim criss-crossed at the bodice. It’s one of those dresses you can chuck on and just know you’ll look put together.

We’ve accessorised the look with gold earrings, sunglasses, and orange heels – to remind anyone that this summer season, orange is boss.

Clockwise Left to Right:

Reformation Provence Open-back Lace-trimmed Silk-satin Midi Dress, $406.42, Net-A-Porter
Linda Farrow Cradle Cat-eye Gold-tone Sunglasses, $1,534, The Outnet
S.K. Manor Hill Blue Dexter Shirt, $450, SSENSE
Jacquemus Orange ‘Le Chiquito’ Clutch, $650, SSENSE
The Attico Orange Satin Kaia Mules, $900, SSENSE
Bottega Veneta Polished Hoop Earrings, $510, Farfetch


With summer approaching, a welcomed arrival of casual and effortless outfits is also on the horizon.

Oliver Bonas’ Niki Orange Net Shopper Bag is the perfect bag for beach days, grocery shops and anything in between. A fun tote made from a cotton, net design completed with double shoulder straps; it’s a summer essential and is large enough to fit your favourite beach towel and all of your summer needs.

To continue with the theme of relaxed dressing, we’ve styled the bag with Glasson’s Longline Denim Shorts in a faded blue denim. They’re high waisted with a raw hem and made from an environmentally friendly recycled cotton – what more could you want!

Nasty Gal’s Retro Floral Cami equates to summer in a top. It features beautifully oversized floral fabric in yellow, orange, blue and pink and lace trim on its V-neck front.

And don’t forget a trendy claw clip and pair of sunglasses!

Clockwise Left to Right:

Glassons Matte Claw Clip, $8.99, Glassons
Nasty Gal Recycled Tort Yellow-Lens Square Sunglasses, was $30 now $15, Nasty Gal
Nasty Gal Retro Floral Cami, was $49 now $24.50, Nasty Gal
Oliver Bonas Niki Orange Shimmer Net Shopper Bag, £8 Oliver Bonas
VEJA Nova, $150, The Iconic
Glassons Longline Denim Shorts, $39.99, Glassons