You are: A woman whose head may be in the Chicago office but whose heart’s in Saint-Tropez.
You want: Metallics as basic as black that work for night and day.
Anya Hindmarch woven-leather tote ($975) flaunts it like a platinum Mercedes.
Max Kibardin for Furla leather open-toe ballerinas ($310) make legs appear longer.
Banana Republic pleated leather peep-toe slings ($78) flatter ankles and calves.
The muted shimmer of Lambertson Truex‘s lambskin bowling bag ($1,495) works with gold or silver.
AK Anne Klein studded leather slide ($79) goes with clothes in bright colors like plum and teal.
Burberry snakeskin sandals ($595) add edge to tailored dresses.
Coach slingback flats ($168) are fantasy shoes that are truly functional.
You are: A closet fashionista, but your practical streak rules. If it doesn’t work nine to five, it won’t work for you.
You want: Bold block heels and wedges, closed-back peep-toes for the office, ballerina pumps to give your feet a break, and bags with the organizational skills of a personal assistant.
DKNY yellow-gold microfiber hobo ($235) — a sophisticated alternative for backpack lovers.
Nine West stacked calf pumps ($79) work with pants or skirts for a mix of tough and sweet.
Bettye Muller floral canvas mini pumps ($365) pair well with neo-vintage looks.
Franco Sarto kiwi patent wedges ($89).
Cole Haan python slingbacks ($495) add a shot of color to monochromatic clothes.
Kors Michael Kors patent peep-toe wedges ($295) — white shoes that won’t look dorky.
Longchamp leather tote ($598) is the next big thing.
You are: Dead-on elegant. You can tell a designer bag from a knockoff blindfolded, but you know that chic is about taste, not price.
You want: Patent leather, stacked or mini heels with rounded or peep toes, and a new-again clutch or quilted chain-strap bag.
DKNY leather slingback sandals ($265) — TLC for narrow heels and toes that hate to be pinched.
Nine West patent clutch ($59), jumbo sized for serious holding power.
Tory Burch leather and patent logo slingbacks ($295) — sturdy and snappy, and hip with black opaques or beige fishnets.
Manolo Blahnik for Jason Wu peep-toe Mary Janes ($745) — his legendary last means the five-inch heels won’t burn the balls of your feet.
Delman patent Mary Janes ($295) are the new basic, fresher than a black leather pump.
Chanel lambskin scrunch pump ($650) clings like a bodysuit to narrow feet.
Chanel signature lambskin shoulder bag ($2,650) — much moolah and maybe counseling needed, but nothing says status and style better.
You are: Sure you can take it with you, especially with bottomless hobos and totes.
You want: Cork and wicker low wedges in wacky colors like coral, turquoise, and yellow.
Rebecca Ciccio giant deerskin hobo ($520) — a buttery, no-shoulder-strain sack with a cult following.
Christian Louboutin patent ankle straps ($580) — very Jackie O with white capris or zippy shift dresses.
Calvin Klein woven patent leather tote ($278) — the ultimate urban planner, fully loaded and washable.
Nine West canvas ballerinas with a molded rubber sole ($79) are more stylish than flip-flops.
Delman suede peep-toe mini pumps ($295).
Rafe patent and wicker wedges ($235) won’t crowd toes or leave feet sore.
Ann Taylor patent and cork wedge sandals ($88) — like walking on marshmallows.
You are: Immune to the dizzying heights of platform shoes or a yellow bag’s jeopardy in the vicinity of ballpoint pens.
You want: Ultra-hip designer bags, outrageous sandals, patent scrunch flats.
Marc Jacobs quilted leather shoulder bag ($1,450) slings across the body, messenger style.
Missoni platform sandals ($825) make you feel like an Italian contessa even in jeans.
Hollywould coral leather platform slides ($495) are sexy — and have arch support.
Michael Kors squashy leather drawstring duffel ($1,495) is a workhorse — with amazing built-ins.
Tory Burch patent wedge slingbacks ($325) boost petites without the forward pitch.
Kors Michael Kors scrunchy ballerinas ($195) are streetwise and funky.
Botkier slingbacks ($445) distribute weight evenly, so there’s no arch ache.
Originally published in MORE magazine, March 2008.
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