Bold two-tone color updates the carryall. Durable leather turned up on the Fendi runway (far left) or try a canvas style from Michael Michael Kors.
Canvas and leather bag, Michael Michael Kors, $348; at
Take inspiration from Chris Benz (far left) and smarten up a skirt or dress with a waist-wrapping belt. Craft the look yourself with a length of cord and a pair of tassels from a trimmings store, or experiment with this leather version from Hayden-Harnett, which doubles as a necklace or wristband.
Leather cord belt, Hayden-Harnett; $88; at
Velvety suede shoes in neutral hues soften sharp clothes at Dries Van Noten this season (far left). A pair of wedges from Pour la Victoire add height without sacrificing comfort-just don't forget to treat the leather before braving spring showers!
Suede wedges, Pour la Victoire, $265; a
Easiest styling trick ever: tie a silk scarf around your neck bandana-like for an instant print pick-me-up. Echo DKNY (far left) with matching shoes for a bright finish.
Silk print scarf, Lacoste, $38.99; at
An extra large clutch contrasts with a nubbly suit at Proenza Schouler (far left). Use a super-sized bag to store your workday essentials, or stash it inside a larger tote for an after dark switch-up.
Lambskin tie-dye clutch, Banana Republic, $150; at
Cascading strands are an unabashedly feminine complement to a dress or suit (note Oscar de la Renta's take on the look, far left). A Forever 21 necklace mixes ropes of faux pearls with metal chains for an eclectic romantic effect.
Chain and bead necklace, Forever 21, $10.80; at
- A high-heeled oxford conjures prep school pep when paired with a trendy shorts suit. (J. Crew's spring collection, far left, got it right.) Choose a two-tone version for retro flair or go neutral in Madewell.
- Oxford heels, Madewell, $228; at madewell.com.
Channel '70s era suburban chic with a classic woven leather tote. Contrast the earthy look with crisp workday separates, a la Stella McCartney (far left). Rebecca Minkoff also has a nice basketweave design.
Leather tote, Rebecca Minkoff, $395; at
A silk corsage adds a welcome dose of femininity to menswear-inspired separates at Jason Wu, far left. Get plucky and cluster a trio together, using rosettes like this one from Lane Bryant.
Satin rosette, Lane Bryant, $19.95; at
A chunky bracelet on each wrist lends stylish symmetry to a pretty work dress. (Etro mastered the look, far left.) A resin design from BCBG or a pair of weighty metal cuffs will deliver maximum impact.
Two-tone resin cuff, BCBG, $28; at
Top Handle Satchels
The structured top handle bag brings polish to seasonal pastels like those seen on the Mulberry runway (far left). Look for an option with a clip-on shoulder strap like Cole Haan's simple sophisticated pieces
Leather shoulder bag, Cole Haan, $398; at