This Detail on Shoes and Bags Always Makes Them Look More Expensive

Adrienne Faurote
·3 min read

The fashion industry is full of design hacks that will instantly elevate any item. Designers often tap into these minor yet highly effective design elements to enhance the look of a seemingly mundane fashion piece. From croc-embossed fabrics to leather trims on canvas, there are a plethora of design details that will transform any wardrobe staple into a luxurious number. And we’re letting you in on one of our favorite design trends in the accessory world: topstitching.

A sewing technique where the line of stitching is purposefully designed to be seen from the outside of the product, topstitching is common on ready-to-wear pieces, shoes, and handbags. An extremely subtle design detail, topstitching will make any shoe or bag look more expensive—no matter the price—without being too obvious. Whether it’s a monochromatic look of black topstitching against a black fabrication or a contrasting look of white topstitching against a darker surface, topstitching is a technique that can be both functional and decorative. Keep scrolling to discover the best shoes and handbags with the new trend of topstitching that we are absolutely loving.

Wandler Ava Micro Bag ($490)

The perfect example of a contrasting topstitch done flawlessly.

Topshop Topstitch Scoop Faux Leather Shoulder Bag ($45)

Practically perfect in every way.

Proenza Schouler Track Sole Mary Janes ($795)

Proenza has proven that contrasting, double-stitch topstiching does indeed work.

Urban Outfitters Top Stitch Baguette Bag ($39)

When $39 looks like $500.

By Far Mini Top Handle Bag ($477)

Pretty in pink.

Ratio Et Motus Mini Tote Bag With Contrast Stitching ($678)

That black and white contrast is perfection.

Jacquemus Le Petit Bambino Bag ($420)

This has been in my shopping cart since the day it was released.

Mango Squared Toe Leather Ankle Boots ($100)

The subtle mid-seam of this boot with topstitching is *chef's kiss.*

Wandler Corsa Wallet ($220)

A topstitch wallet with a topstitched handbag because why not?

By Far Cynthia Leather Mules ($430)

This topstitching completely defines the silhouette of the shoe.

Topshop Tina Black Bar Tote Bag ($18)

The tote of my dreams.

Swedish Hasbeens Zip It Emy Boots ($380)

Oversized topstitching instantly elevates this boot.

Topshop Money Leather Heeled Boots ($87)

Never have I wanted a boot more.

Mango Leather Mini Bag ($50)

Yes, topstitching looks good on suede, too.

By Far Miranda Shoulder Bag ($650)

By Far is one of the ringleaders of the topstitching trend.

Mango Box Bag ($50)

I have no words for this bag other than precious.

& Other Stories Buckled Leather Shoulder Bag ($169)

The shape, the color, the hardware detailing, the white topstitching—everything about this bag is a yes for me.

Rylan Baguette Contrast Stitch Leather Shoulder Bag ($226)

Rylan is one of our favorite emerging handbag designers based in Australia.

Topshop Backpack With Contrast Stitch in Black ($41)

I'm getting '90s energy.

ASOS Cross Body Saddle Bag With Detachable Shoulder Strap in Glossed Black With Contrast Top Stitch ($20)

The topstitch livens up this otherwise understated bag.

Loewe Heel Mini Pouch Bag ($390)

This bag is small in size and big in style.

Dr. Martens Leona Temperley Boot ($170)

Known for its iconic top stitching, Dr. Martens knows exactly how to elevate a basic boot.

Staud Rey Leather Shoulder Bag ($325)

Staud is known for loving a topstitch.

Topshop Aries Buttermilk Leather Chunky Boots ($170)

This may be bold, but white boots are my favorite boot to topstitch.

Up next, discover which winter shoe trends look the chicest with leggings and jeans.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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