Beyond the basics
5 must-haves to freshen your wardrobe

Oklahoman Modified: January 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm •  Published: January 22, 2013
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photo - Miche handbags offer women convenience and flexibility. Put essentials in one base bag and switch outer shells easily to coordinate with your outfit. Photo provided
Miche handbags offer women convenience and flexibility. Put essentials in one base bag and switch outer shells easily to coordinate with your outfit. Photo provided

4. Metallic flats.

Made popular by 1960s star Audrey Hepburn, flats continue to grace storefronts and celebrity toes. The comfortable, wear-everywhere style comes in a round, square or pointed toe and can take you seamlessly from a casual day of shopping to a night out with friends. -When it comes to color, metallics are the new neutral. Give basic black the backseat - instead, pair silver, gold or rose sheens with almost anything to add subtle shine to your outfit.

5. Versatile handbag.

Handbag lines have come on the market that make putting an ensemble together a snap.

Miche, a Utah-based company, has developed a system that makes changing your bag as easy as changing your shoes. Put essentials in one base bag and switch outer shells easily to coordinate with your outfit. Sizes come in Prima, Demi, Classic and Petite. Visit www.miche.com for prices and styles.

"Nothing says you like a versatile, customized handbag," says Heidi Thompson, co-creator of Grace Adele — www.graceadele.com — a new line of handbags and accessories that offers women a style system to create a customized look in five steps. "It's the one item that anchors your entire outfit, and for many women, it's the one accessory they pick up every single day," Thompson says.

—BPT

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