In the past it was always the outfit that you were going to wear that was important and what most women would concentrate on. Women typically only owned a few dress shoes that were in neutral tones that could be worn with several different outfits. Handbags followed the same role in that you typically owned a few bags that you changed during the winter and summer months to match your neutral shoes. Many people would do black or brown shoes and bags in the winter and white shoes and bags in the summer. Now those rules no longer apply and accessories have taken the main stage as the outfits have become a bit more neutral. There are so many things you can buy regarding handbags like purse organizers or a purse organizer to help keep you organized all the way to closet hooks to hold your purses. Shoes have become center stage as well where now people buy shoes and then find the outfit to go with them.
The style of handbags have changed throughout the years as trends come and go just like with fashion. There are currently more handbag designers that are becoming more successful than clothing designers. This was unheard of ten years ago. Not only has the prominence of handbags gotten greater but the size of purses has also gotten bigger. Some women carry handbags today that could probably fit a week’s worth of clothing in it if they wanted. This is the current fashion trend and will probably look ridiculous in 5 years when you look back on it. The sizes and shapes of purses have frequently changed over the years. Evening bags used to be full of sequins with a thin strap but now the popular leather clutches are a favorite evening bag. The trends rotate every 25 years as well with the fringed suede bags of the 70’s hippie time are now seen frequently again in the twenty something group of women.
Shoes are now in the forefront of fashion as well. The importance of the designer shoe took center stage with the popularity of the HBO show “Sex in the City” . In the beginning scenes of every show, the main character, Carrie is seen window shopping and stops in front of a shoe store looking at a pair of shoes with such love and admiration no one ever thought possible for an inanimate object. Carrie and her girlfriends often talked about their love of shoes and really put them into the forefront of the fashion world. One thing women often say is that clothing doesn’t always fit especially if you gain weight but shoes always fit. The rules of matching shoes with your purse no longer are true and the more fun colors in your shoes, the better. Many people now choose to put a basic white tee and jeans so they can showcase their shoes and their handbags instead. It is no longer just the clothes but the accessories are a big part of fashion as well.