A Review of the Cult Gaia Mini Acrylic + How to Style Your Culottes

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfitMichael Kors jacket via Nordstrom Rack, similar, love this one || similar short sleeve sweater || Express pants, similar (1/2) || heels || Cult Gaia Mini Arc, c/o Shopbop, also here || similar belt || sunglasses

photos by the beautiful Ashley of Sed Bona

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfit

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfit

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfit

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfit

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfit

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfit

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfit

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfit

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfit

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfit

how to style black crop pants, culotte outfit idea, edgy spring outfit, black cult gaia arc clutch, the studded skinny belt, monochromatic outfit

Do you have a fool-proof outfit formula that you tend to turn to? A color or silhouette that makes you feel confident and pulled together no matter the occasion? For me that formula is head to toe monochromatic black. And today I’m styling just such an outfit and reviewing the bag that seems to be showing up on every blog and in every editorial…

The Cult Gaia ‘Arc’ clutch: Summer’s It Bag

The bamboo version of the Cult Gaia ‘Arc’ clutch debuted last spring/summer and instantly sold out. Since then, retailers have had a difficult time keeping this cult favorite in stock {you see what I did there? ;)}. And this season the brand debuted the gorgeous bag in a darker stain as well as an acrylic version in shades such as black and mother of pearl

I’m always a bit hesitant of trends in general and this was no exception. Yet each time I came across this bag I felt more and more drawn to its interesting shape and delicate yet statement-making structure. It seemed like a cross between an accessory and a work of art. It is a piece that requires a bit of extra care with storage and general use, but rarely have I seen a clutch as versatile. This bag elevates jeans and a tee to a new level and gives a dress and heels just the right amount of edge. I do think its more of a spring/summer piece, but with that said, I don’t think you’ll get far before you are stopped by a stranger asking “Where did you get your bag?!”

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

  • Dressed With Soul

    The glasses are really amazing!
    xx Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  • Oooh love that handbag in black! Looks great!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Jane Fitfabfun

    That handbag is so cute! Your look is amazing!
    xo, Jane
    http://www.fitfabfunmom.com

  • Rachel Spross

    This is such a chic look! Love the allover black look, especially that handbag!

    xoxo
    Rachel
    http://thetrendytomboy.com/

  • Jessi Afshin

    I love this entire look! Such great styling. Allover black is always so classic and chic.

    xoxo
    Jessi
    https://www.thedarlingdetail.com/

  • I think this is such a fun bag! I hadn’t seen it in the black. I love how you paired it with the all black silhouette. You look insanely chic!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Rach

    I felt the same way at first about the bag and now I want it! I have envisioned myself wearing this bag with several outfits! Love how this monochromatic outfit!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  • Love the unique look of the clutch! The perfect accessory for your chic all black look!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  • Biana Perez

    I love the cut of those pants – they aren’t quite as wide as other culottes which I love! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • I’ve been seeing that bag everywhere! It’s so fun!

    Jamie
    Treats and Trends

  • Girl youre killing it! Obsessed with the all black and that bag!

  • The culottes look amazing on you, Heidi! You look so fashion forward! Also, I thought this was a jumpsuit at first!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  • Such a cool bag, and LOVE how you styled this with all black — makes the culottes more wearable for the real girl… pinned!

    alyson
    http://www.themodernsavvy.com

  • Heidi! you look stunning. I adore this streamlined all black ensemble. I’m obsessed with the wide leg silhouette and I think it is so timeless & classy exactly the way you’ve featured it here.
    I hope you are well, my friend. I need to catch up over here…things have been so hectic but I miss you!
    XO! Gina
    http://www.classyeverafterblog.com

  • That purse is EVERYTHING!

    __

    kimberlyluxe.com

  • Karen Shannon

    You look very classy and chic! Love your outfit.
    Stay in Style
    Karen @ Lookbook Store Blogspot

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    In love with these shoes!! I love them!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: CASUAL AND TRENDY WITH JEANS + GINGHAM TOP

  • Jones Minzi

    We had those ‘arc’ purses when I was young. I think they called them birdcages, and made of bamboo BUT we put scarves in them to keep stuff from falling out. That could be a good idea for you to try.. IDK. I am shocked at the price of them. I should have kept mine. They were CHEAP back then