This summer is going to be all about confident, main-character energy, and without a doubt, I will be dressing accordingly. Why wait? I'm starting now with statement looks that range from casual to dressy depending entirely on my mood. But my one non-negotiable is a standout bag that's equal parts versatile and chic.
Meet Lola, the bag every cool girl is either already wearing or will be wearing very soon. I've been wanting to get my hands on this bag ever since I saw Bella Hadid (arguably the CEO of cool girls) wearing one in Burberry's recent campaign. My favorite in the collection is the small crossbody style, offered in 24 colors (yes, I counted), all of which feature the iconic TB hardware, an ode to the brand's founder, Thomas Burberry. This bag is the perfect accessory no matter what persona you're embodying this season, which is very much evident in these four looks.
I love the juxtaposition here between the accessories that you may expect to see styled on a beach vacation—a canvas bucket hat and a raffia handbag—and the city-friendly apparel and sneakers. While the natural fabric of this bag does, in fact, make it the perfect accessory for tropical destinations, the gold chain and hardware elevate it enough to pair with everyday looks. Those little white socks and the oversize fit of the button-down and cardigan all add to the casual vibe of this miniskirt look.
I can spot a Burberry check print from a mile away, so I appreciate that it's been incorporated into the quilted pattern on the majority of Lola bags. It's subtle but impactful, as is the sky-blue color of this particular one. The bright hue adds an unexpected cheerful touch to this daytime outfit and complements the pink slides and button-down shirt quite well, too. Please make a mental note of this color combo, and thank me later.
I'm clearly in a miniskirt phase, and I won't apologize for it. This one is part of a matching set inspired by Burberry's iconic trench coats. This look is luxe by nature, so leaning in with the chic white and gold Lola bag and skinny heeled sandals is the way to go. Instead of wearing the bag as a crossbody here, doubling up the straps and styling it as a shoulder bag feels a bit more sophisticated.
This all-black outfit is seriously bold, and that's precisely why I can't stop thinking about it. The fringe dress, the asymmetric jacket, and the heels with built-in stockings make my head spin with excitement. I love the drama of it all, and yet, the black Lola bag manages to stand out thanks to that check quilting, which really pops against the apparel.