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One of the perks of having a modest online presence is that I get to try out a lot of pieces I wouldn’t ordinarily come across in my everyday. I’m quite picky with the items that I accept (it’s always a hard pass for offers of bikinis and stick-on nails!) but the main reason I have a filter in place is to ensure I don’t accumulate bits and bobs that don’t align with my personal style. I love being introduced to new things and certainly don’t take any of this for granted!
A couple of months ago, the team at Oleada reached out and invited me to pick a bag to test out and try. As a female-founded brand, with a conscious commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, I happily accepted and chose the Marina Bag in Champagne. The Marina Bag is one of their bucket bag style bags, and I chose it in the larger size as I wanted something I could use for work.
In today’s post, I wanted to share three ways that I’ve managed to style the bag for work. If you caught my earlier video from a few weeks back (linked below for you to have a watch), you can see some of these outfits in motion.
I have a few handbags in my collection so I figured it might help to compare the Oleada bag with the other bags in my collection. Weight? It’s heavier than my Celine Cabas Tote, but lighter than my Celine Seau Sangle Bag. Structure? It’s on par with my Celine Mini Belt Bag and Senreve Maestra Bag. Durability? On par with my Senreve Maestra Bag.
As for its versatility, Oleada’s schtick is that the bag can be worn in multiple ways – as a top handle, on the shoulder and as a crossbody. Personally it works great as the first two, but the strap comes up a bit short as a crossbody (even on the longest setting) and isn’t the most comfortable to wear if you’ve got a laptop and other things in there that can weigh the bag down.
One of my favourite features about the bag is that it comes with a small pochette that you can detach from the bag and use when ducking out for quick errands – it has proven handy during my lunch breaks!
Here’s a quick rundown of each of the looks that I managed to snap wearing the Oleada Marina Bag:
Oleada bag* (use ‘VIRGINIA10’ for 10% off and a twilly!), The Fold blazer* (sz UK 8), Arket t-shirt (sz S), Uniqlo trousers (sz S), Nike sneakers, Ray Ban sunglasses
Oleada bag* (use ‘VIRGINIA10’ for 10% off and a twilly!), The Curated coat* (sz XS – new season version linked – review here), Arket merino knit (sz S), Everlane trousers* (sz US 2, short), Sarah Flint shoes* (use ‘SARAHFLINT-BAWHATVEEWORE for $50USD off), Ray Ban sunglasses
Oleada bag* (use ‘VIRGINIA10’ for 10% off and a twilly!), The Curated blazer* (sz XS – review here), Arket t-shirt (sz S), Frankie Shop trousers, also here (sz S), Gucci loafers (watch my styling video here), Ray Ban sunglasses
If you like what you see, you can take advantage of my special discount code ‘VIRGINIA10’ for 10% off at Oleada (+ a free twilly!).
As always, thanks for stopping by!
P.S. A review of the classic blazer from The Curated and my top picks from Arket’s Autumn 2022 collection.