In my opinion, the most important accessory for a woman should be her
handbag. Next to her footwear it's the best place to invest in her wardrobe
and you can never have enough. With a simple switch of a handbag you can
make a drastic change in your look. Three must have shapes for summer 2011:
A cross body flap bag, a lady-like structured bag, and an over-sized clutch.
I love nothing more than a handbag that is handsfree especially when
rummaging through a sale rack. Cross body handbags with a flap over detail
makes for a more vintage feel and can be paired with many casual outfits,
(add tassel detail for good measure).
Roberto Vianni $49.95, www.sterlingshoes.com
From Jackie Onasis to Audrey Hepburn, these are the style icons that made the little lady-like structured bag so iconic. I suggest a top handle medium sized structured bag in a versatile tan leather. What I love best about a structure bag is that it's much easier to organzine your stuff inside. Unlike like it's cousin the hobo bag, where you tend to have to dig to find things.
Belted Satchel $79.95, www.lechateau.com
In high summer with your sandals and flowy sundresses, you don't want to get weighed down with a heavy bag . Stick with an over-sized fabric clutch in a chevron print and keep the colors natural and warm. The combination of fabric and wood keep it light and fresh.
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