What do women universally like to shop for? Shoes and handbags! They are among the most worn and changeable items women put on daily.
In a perfect world, a shoe would be as comfortable as it is beautiful. That is a fantasy for most of us, however the spring trend of FLATS this season may makes it all come true. Pointy or round toe, in a solid or a pattern, flats work for day-to-night and work-to-weekend.
Strappy shoes and chunky heels lead the pack on the high-heeled circuit…and shoes with shorter toe coverage are leading the way (aka toe cleavage). This lineup may not be the most comfy of styles but they usually are the most flattering. What’s nice is they come in all shapes, sizes and colors to accommodate your individual style. From chunky platforms and wooden heels to just a simple strappy ankle detail. You might not go far walking in them but you certainly won’t go wrong by adding them to your summer footwear arsenal. I have included images of a few that I think are work ready.
No more trying to find places to stash your smartphone and keys! Oversized bags are here to rescue us. My favorite is the slouchier take on the traditional clutch; a gigantic version of the classic. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns; florals being the front runner. They can easily elevate a casual jean look and update a dressy look to feel modern and fresh for the office. If you carry more than even the newer roomier clutch can handle, don’t fret! The other favorite handbag for spring is the TOTE. It is dually purposed because its fantastic for transitional dressing, when you need to take off some layers from your frigid air conditioned office or bring your after-work heels with you for later that day you’ll need somewhere to stuff everything until you need it. Invest in a larger tote or satchel that fits most everything us girls carry in our handbags short of the kitchen sink!
The top-handle bag is an easy transition style through all the seasons; it’s not just for spring. This easily versatile bag means you can’t go wrong with whichever style you choose; whether it’s a structured satchel or a soft duffel with cool zip features, it’s a “you can hold-everything” work bag with detailing that’s special enough for play and structured and serious enough for the office. Playing with the color choices will determine if it’s season specific, so my suggestion is if you’re watching your budget, go with camel; it’s a classic color, works with everything and is great for all seasons. If you have some disposable funds to play with, try some lighter hues for the warmer seasons. A pastel bag is definitely drool-worthy, but the classic camels will always be a sure hit.
The next trend is a throwback to our younger days! The backpack takes us back to the old 90s, but this year’s new crop is much, much cooler.
The other revised oldie but goodie back on the scene is the oversized messenger bag. The big buzz about them is that they’re hands-free. It’s all the comforts of being incredibly functional (hands down, the most comfortable way to tote a laptop), you can text, talk, eat, do whatever you want and not be hindered with holding your handbag. These spring bags make you look effortlessly cool but with the fun colors and styles out there you’ll add an element of chic.
Now that you have the 411 on the right styles for the season…..SPRING INTO ACTION! Go get the right shoes and bag for your best style statement. See you next month for more on accessories trends!
Pamela Watson, celebrity stylist who currently works as the trend expert for Builders of Style, where she prepares A-list clients for red carpet events, music videos, concerts and award shows.