A great statement bag or shoe can lift any outfit but you don’t need to pay designer prices to stand out – there are some lovely highstreet options out there channeling the latest trends. Ideas by Gul Ahmed has a wide range of trendy shoes and bags and I recently picked out a couple of gorgeous embroidered bags and shoes to style.

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I picked two very different styles of embroidered bag to style – each has a distinct vibe and can add the finishing touch to many different outfits. Both bags come with a matching shoe but that’s a big styling no-no in my book – although I love the shoes themselves, particularly those oh-so-trendy embroidered velvet loafers, it’s never a good idea to go too matchy-matchy.


The first bag is a fabulous Jackie O-style boxy number in a vibrant orange and red combo. This statement bag is perfect for adding a bold pop of colour to many outfits. Choose a print with an element of red or orange or go for a colour that complements the bag. You could choose navy blue or a host of greens, yellows and oranges but stay way from cool tones such as blue or purple. It’s a fairly formal-looking bag so wear it with dressier outfits and pair with anything from sandals to pumps. Here are some ideas from my Insta story which I just uploaded to FB (excuse the horrible quality downgrade that FB does!)

This other tote in contrast is more versatile. It’s a neutral colour, relying on the flamboyant embroidery for effect. The shape works with both casual and formal outfits – you could make this your go-to day bag, wearing it with anything from jeans to shalwar-kameez.


The shoes would look too much worn with the bag but by themselves, they are just right to add a contemporary touch to your wardrobe. Wear them with jeans or cropped pants to give an instant update to your look


As with all Ideas by Gul Ahmed products, both the shoes and the bags are beautifully made and well finished – affordable fashion combined with quality. The range includes plenty more designs and offers totes, shoulder bags and clutches along with loafers and various styles of sandal.

Head over to our Insta page to win this lovely bag
Head over to our Insta page to win this lovely bag

Finally, we have a treat for our readers! We’ve got this bag to give away to one lucky winner so head on over to Instagram for a chance to win!


Salima Feerasta

Salima Feerasta is chief editor of Karachista.com and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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