The style you chose goes far beyond a trend, it defines the way in which you are perceived and in turn it influences first impressions and reactions.
I think that it is important for events around the city where you intend to walk a lot you can definitely use your flats without feeling badly dressed, and have you the luxury of being very informal not to intimidate the others.
I used an ethnic clutch from a French designer named Antik Batik. For me, every object of my travels becomes in my closet a haven of nostalgia and style. Since whenever I use them I relive a bit of that trip.
As much as you may like fashion, comfort and simplicity are basic!