The Versatile Hermès Kelly Bag

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The Hermes Kelly bag is one of the most iconic handbags on the market. Famed for its craftsmanship, immediately recognizable style, and elusiveness in obtaining one, the Hermes Kelly bag is a true icon. Many women associate the Kelly with a formal look, opting for the Birkin if they fancy a more casual appearance or for less formal occasions. However, the Kelly is actually extremely versatile and can be used to complement a range of looks, outfits, and occasions. In this insights guide, we take a look at just how versatile this stunning bag is and how it can accompany you on any occasion.

Traditionally, the Hermes Kelly is seen as a formal bag due to the shape of the handle and the clasp. There are several ways to wear it depending on how formal the occasion. One of the most popular ways is to hold the handle in the palm of the hand with the clasp undone for easy access to files, your purse, or other contents of the bag. However, the Kelly bag also comes equipped with a shoulder strap, allowing you to keep your hands free while still maintaining the professional and chic appearance a Kelly bag affords.

Even though the Kelly boasts a stunning design on its own, it is also possible to make the bag more casual by styling it with your own personal embellishments. Simple additions can transform the Kelly from a smart, formal bag that one would wear to a business luncheon or meeting into a stylish, casual bag that one could wear with jeans and a casual jacket when meeting friends for dinner. Here are some great ways to style your Kelly bag.

Another way to use a scarf is by wrapping it fully around the handle. This is a great idea if the scarf contrasts the colors on the bag and can make the bag look completely different in an instant. You can try different colors, materials, and styles of scarfs to see which one suits you better when using this method. To wrap the scarf around the bag, start by tying it on one end of the handle. Then start to gently wrap the scarf around the remaining area before tying gently on the opposite side. You can wrap one scarf around on handle, one scarf around two handle, two scarfs intertwined around two handles, or two scarfs with one on each handle. The possibilities are endless!