Simple Styling Trick to Try: Pair a Bright Handbag With a Pale-Color Ensemble

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When your entire outfit is toned down, the easiest way to jazz it up is by adding a touch of color to your look on your way out the door. Translation: Pack the day's essentials in a brightly colored purse.

The eternally eclectic Rita Ora and Solange Knowles punched up uncharacteristically plain all-white ensembles with primary-color purses, while Louise Roe amped up a soft-hued outfit with tote featuring a chic turquoise streak. And DJ Harley Viera-Newton balanced a seafoam pastel wool coat with cherry red handbag (and a hint of matching pencil skirt!).

Keeping everything else muted and allowing the handbag alone to make the wow! statement is a minimalistic yet stylish way to stand out in a colorful crowd. (But feel free to add a vibrant lip—you can't ever go wrong with a bold, bright red or fuchsia pout in our book!)

1st May, 2013: Rita Ora leaving the Box Night Club Soho London where she was a guest at Fran Cutler's 50th birthday party.T.V. personality Louise Roe backstage at the Marissa Webb fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at The Salon at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City.Singer Solange Knowles seen out and about in SoHo, New York City.DJ Harley Viera Newton attends the Giulietta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Pier 59 on February 9, 2014 in New York City.