Color, trim and details are just a few words that describe the summer 2013 season for handbags, shoes and sandals. Designers have implemented distinct styling details for these pieces that have become the completing accessory to any ensemble as well as the hot fashion faves every fashionista craves for summer wardrobes. Designers have removed the stops on their creations for the summer season, adding specific details to make your favorites stand out from the rest.
Handbags have evolved into every shape imaginable. Select your pick from over-sized totes to carry all-things summer to mini city-slicker shapes for a day around the town. Color-block influences have also been interjected, such as Fendi’s blush and orange 2 jours leather bag, retail $2890, or a black and silver leather top handle bag by Zac Posen’s Z Spoke, retail $550. Look for subtle monochromatic color contrasts with stitch detailing, such as Marc Jacobs’ black and white contrast quilted stitch bags, retail $895 or subtle metallic shells like a silver leather satchel by Milly, retail $435. Girl power is also evident with stud trims like a leather studded hobo by Diane Von Furstenberg, retail $645. Studded influences are also captured in classic styling at Salvatore Ferragamo with their pale pink studded leather bag, retail $1050. For those fashionistas craving classic bold color, check out Longchamp’s lime leather tote, retail $840 or Louis Viutton’s rose indien patent leather monogram vernis bag, retail $1400. For the ladies-who-lunch seeking colors that transcend time, styling such as Dior’s pink calfskin, retail $2700, Burberry’s white pebbled leather bag, retail $1595, Tory Burch’s pastel yellow crocodile-embossed leather satchel, retail $695, or Coach’s bisque and hibiscus legacy perforated leather satchel, retail $398, are just a few of this season’s must-haves.
Shoes and sandals have also taken on eye-candy details. Shoe caps have differentiated classic shoes from previous seasons. For instance, Kate Spade’s white leather pump with silver cap toe, retail $348 or Louis Vuitton’s rose velours patent leather monogram vernis pumps with gold tone cap, retail $975. Summer ensembles calling for bright colored shoes can venture to Ivanka Trump’s floral print silk pump, retail $130 or LK Bennett’s red patent leather pumps, retail $345.
Designers have taken the strap sandal influence to the next level, intertwining and weaving straps into intricate patterns to get pretty feet noticed. Tory Burch’s gold leather high-heel sandal, retail $350, Via Spiga’s white leather high heel sandal, retail $225, or Michael by Michael Kors black studded leather sandal, retail $250, adds instant sex-appeal to any summer ensemble. Gals that fancy beads love Sam Edelman’s multi-color beaded sandal, retail $170, or B by Brian Atwood’s beaded leopard print smoking shoe, retail $295. For those days that require a comfy yet in-trend flat, check out Coach’s silver, brown and light tan leather sandal, retail $138, Marc by Marc Jacobs nude and pink flat leather sandal, retail $225, Salvatore Ferragamo’s pale pink studded leather smoking slipper, retail $595 or Havaiana’s white and gold studded flip flops, retail $40.
Do not forget to browse and shop your local mom and pop shoe stores. These small shops often have access to limited supply or one-of-a-kind handbag, shoe and sandal styles that the major chains can not support. As the heat begins to roll in for the upcoming months, get your styling cap on and pick your fashion faves for this summer 2013 season.