An easy way to make your outfit more interesting

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Two Bottega Veneta woven leather bags: black mini loop shoulder bag, beige knot handle bag.

You know that…thing, where something catches your eye (or thoughts) and then you start seeing it everywhere? (Sometimes referred to as “frequency illusion.”) Woven leather bags and shoes aren’t a new phenomenon, but I’ve been noticing an uptick of styles shown recently on social media and in current collections.

Above: Bottega Veneta is the Grande Dame of woven leather, and priced accordingly. 😆 Left | right.

One of the attributes of French style I mentioned here is a preference for simple, classic shapes with interesting details. This applies to accessories too. And if you prefer simple and straightforward styles like I do, incorporating some texture can be an easy way to add visual interest. Woven leather (and faux leather) bags and shoes count as texture (and in some cases, pattern).

👉 Style tip: if you wear a lot of black or other monochrome outfits, mixing textures can break up the look and keep it from appearing as a solid block.

Woven leather bags and shoes (and some faux leather too)

Here are a few styles I thought were interesting. If your style personality is more classic and refined, look for simpler, symmetrical weave patterns, and smoother finishes. Those with more Bohemian, natural, or casual style can go a bit rougher. Woven leather also tends have a lighter look than solid, so can be a good choice for spring & summer.

Madewell woven leather crossbody bag black.

Let’s start off with a good-looking and sensible little crossbody bag. This one has a zipped compartment and two outside pockets. The strap is adjustable. I’ve shown black here, but there are other colors available.

Clare V. blue "midi sac" in woven leather.

Clare V. bags so often hit that perfect balance between simple and stylish. This “midi sac” camera style crossbody bag is a good size for everyday, running errands, or lunch with friends. There are several colors and finishes available, but I thought this blue in woven leather is a fun choice.

AQUA woven faux leather tote in brown.

If you need a larger bag, this budget-friendly faux leather tote has an interesting shape, and is also available in black and bone.

Anya Hindmarch Neeson woven leather tote blue.

And this one’s a bit more spendy, but just look at that color 💙 and fabulous contrasting weave in the design!

Clare V. moyen messenger in cream woven leather.

This slouchy messenger bag has both a shorter shoulder strap and longer cross-body strap. And it has plenty of room for all your essentials.

ECCO Soft 7 slip-on sneakers in metallic peach.

I’ve read lots of raves for these slip-on sneakers, and am really tempted by this metallic peachy color! There are plenty of other colors available too.

Ali MacGraw woven ballet flat metallic.

Ballet flats are seeing a resurgence in popularity. This style is offered in 4 different metallic shades.

Tory Burch Jessica woven leather loafers.

These splashy loafers might not be everyone’s cup of Darjeeling, but they’re just so fun, I couldn’t resist sharing them!

Walking Cradles Foster loafers in brown.

Here’s a more subtle (but still interesting) option. Also available in black and gold.

Vince Camuto Merlea rattan weave sneakers taupe.

Back to sneakers, here’s a platform style that will let your feet breathe on warmer days. Three colors available, and if I remember correctly, this style sold out quickly last year.

More woven look bags and shoes to elevate your look…

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