Wayuu Taya II Wayuu Taya Foundation Susa Bag, $175 from Shopbop

While we’re all for a bold statement, when you’re mixing both big color and pattern into a handbag, we find it’s best to keep the rest of the palette neutral. Let your wardrobe serve as the canvas for which your artistic accessory is to be displayed upon.

Look to an item you’d like to jazz up and complement with a printed bag. Simple tunics blazer/denim or leather/denim combos are a great start to creating a base for patterned bags. Use the bag as the focal point and centerpiece of the outfit, working around it to accessorize other small pops of color in the form of jewelry, scarves, socks or a hat.