One of the most basic human needs is for clothing. Ever since man came down from the trees and discovered how to cope with the cold and the rain with animal skins for coverings, clothing has been created for protection and, later, for style. This latter need became progressively more prominent over the succeeding centuries as civilization developed along with better shelter, heating, and ultimately air conditioning.
Today, style is far more important than utility when it comes to design. Clothing makes a statement. Finding the right items to wear when going out says more about one’s personality and taste in a single glance than anything else. A vital part of that effort is proper accessorizing. This is finding the right items to complement an outfit and the wearer’s appearance. The accessories of choice making the most impact include handbags, eyewear, jackets, footwear, hats, belts, suspenders, gloves and scarves. All manner of accessory items can come together in just the right way to complete a wardrobe. They are selected either to blend in with one’s overall style or to stand out. This goes back to the broach pins for cloaks worn by Celts and Vikings or the hat badges worn on hats by Italian nobles in the early 1500s.
The most stylish accessories are to be found in boutiques. In point of fact, the boutique is becoming one of the most common form of online business coming online. These commercial websites feature items produced by cooperatives of independent designers such as Viv & Lou. They produce a wide variety of items that include not only apparel accessories but also fashion handbags, monogrammed hats, and designer umbrellas in a profusion of patterns and colors. Tote and carry bags are among the most popular items up for sale online, and customers can find about as wide a selection as can be found at any brick-and-mortar retailer or boutique chain.
With a renewed emphasis on utility, accessory design has come full-circle to that most basic need for clothing. Only nowadays, both functions combine in just the right way to make a useful item stylish as well. That pastel patterned tote bag is ideal for carrying a laptop, books, documents and much more. Just one example of how the modern online boutique helps fill a niche need in the modern lifestyle.