In the market for a new hand bag or hot pair of shoes? Style expert Afiya Francisco shows us this season's greatest trends for both day and evening wear.
For daytime bags and shoes, wearability and practicality are major. Trend-wise, we're seeing two extremes when it comes to shoes: simple clean, minimal and structured or architectural and totally wild with prints, textures and embellishments.
If you're going to invest in a new bag, look for a classic structured shape with a top handle and interesting details in the finish, pattern and colour. You'll then have the best of both worlds: a piece that will last for seasons but still looks current and modern. Make sure your bags are not too big and don't feature too much hardware, which can weigh you down.
When it comes to shoes, you want a pair that has a little more structure and stability to get you through the day. Don't be over-ambitious with those heels! Look for shoes you can actually walk in that can be worn with jeans and a cocktail dress after work. Stay away from platforms, and go for a single sole with more of a pointy toe (almond is also a good choice). A moderate block heel feels fresh for day and night.
Afiya's Daytime Bag Picks
Givenchy red (on mannequin), Holt Renfrew
Opening Ceremony black and white (on mannequin), Holt Renfrew
Material Girl blue over sized clutch (on mannequin), The Bay
Calvin Klein beige, Calvin Klein
Purple knapsack, Nine West
Large beige bag, Banana Republic
Beige and pink wristlet, The Gap
Afiya's Daytime Shoe Picks
Floral deck shoe, Old Navy
Ancient Greek sandals gold flat gladiator sandal, Holt Renfrew
Wedge Runner, Wal-Mart
Cut out heel sandal, Aldo
Loeffler Randall wood stacked heel, The Bay
Sophia Webster clear/black toe, The Bay
For evening bags we're seeing a lot of teeny tiny totes, box clutches, and pops of colour. If you're going to invest in a new bag, look for boxy and compact shape with saturated colours, transparency, luxe materials and shine. Look for bold mixed prints and details with wow factor. When it comes to shoes, interesting details in the form of ankle straps, statement heel design and sparkle are really on trend.
Afiya's Evening Bag Picks
Furla beige plastic, The Bay
Beige faux snake, Topshop at The Bay
Ela Rose gold clutch, Holt Renfrew
Sparkly flat, Aldo
Black and white in plastic case, Zara
Christian Louboutin canary yellow clutch, The Bay
Diane Von Furstenberg fushia, Holt Renfrew
Black and white (on mannequin), Aldo
Pink and beige (on mannequin), Aldo
Afiya's Evening Shoe Picks