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The perfect outfit consists of not only the clothing. Accessories can often make or break the outfit. The latest styles in accessories change just as fast as clothing styles change.
"This year's popular selling styles are the one strap bags and purses," said Sarah Kimmerly, sales associate at Unic at Masonville Place. Leopard and snake print bags are also being bought to match the prints found in shoes, she said.
Women are also looking to buy small purses over large ones, Kimmerly said. "The wallets on a string are easy to take to a bar."
Christa Bokor, manager of The Gap at Masonville Place, said bag purchases have gone up as well as scarf sales. "Really long scarves are in," she said.
Purses, bags and scarves are not the only fashion accessories receiving extra thought from consumers.
"People are starting to pay more attention to sunglasses," said David Trottier, department manager at North by Northwest at Masonville Place. He explained many consumers look for sunglasses that complement their individual style and are often willing to pay more money for a trendier style, such as wire frames.
While jewelry and other accessories experience trends, perfume purchases are more personal and there do not seem to be any trends specific to this year, said Vanessa Belanger, a fragrance consultant at Perfect Scents at Masonville Place. "Everyone wants to smell different from everyone else."
Belanger said the new Latitude and Longitude by Nautica for men is selling well, as is Calvin Klein's newest scent for women Truth.
This increase in accessory purchasing is no coincidence. The stock available in retail shops reflects the runways of the fashion world.
On the runway, accessories are just arriving said Kathy Cleaver, professor of fashion at Toronto'sRyerson Polytechnical University. The runways were quite bare in the early 1990s, she said. Now, the earrings are getting bigger and there are more necklaces, complementing the outfits.
With accessories marking their presence on the runway, consumers will soon find more choices on the shelves.