With the sun starting to peek through the clouds, we’re all eager to store winter layers and spring into something fresh. And what better way to re-energize your ensemble than with the perfect purse? TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com’s Bobbie Thomas rounds up spring’s biggest bag trends and offers inspiration on how to work them into your wardrobe.
The smaller shoulder-flap bags of the ’70s have returned with updated designs inspired by the likes of Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Gucci and more. These demure, ladylike companions are overshadowing the oversize “bring the kitchen sink with you” totes and can add a timeless touch to your look. Classic neutrals like gray, beige and brown will be your best investment as they will add polish to casual basics, balance a trendy look, or emphasize the sophistication of a dress or suit. If you can’t kick the overpacked purse habit, don’t worry — you can find structured satchels that offer the same appeal with extra room to boot. And no need to break the bank — you can get in on the trend with many chic and affordable options for less than $100.
Handmade Medium Shoulder Bag, $2,500, Gucci.com; Valentino Rock Stud Satchel, $1,995, Nordstrom.com; Charlie Convertible Messenger Bag, $108, Bcbg.com; Rampage Alana Tote, $108, Endless.com; Leather Portfolio Clutch, $98.62, Asos.com; Sara Flap Bag, $80, Bigbuddha.com; Mudd Flap Bag and Full Grain Leather Bag, $60-$79, Aldoshoes.com; Tan Leather Flap Bag, $69.95, Hm.com; Faux Anaconda Bag, $45, Urbanoutfitters.com; Vintaged Embossed Faux Croc Handbag, $26.80, Forever21.com
Forget what you may have heard about this hard-to-wear hue; crisp, paper-white purses are making a style statement this season. A bright white bag offers an instant update to almost any outfit, adding a stark contrast against black, a fresh compliment to color or a minimalistic accent to an all-white ensemble. Don’t be afraid to go for texture, as many of today’s hottest whites — inspired by designers including Diane von Furstenberg and Dolce & Gabbana — are showing details such as crochet and lace overlays, intricate weaves, etc. and come in a variety of shapes ranging from drawstring bucket bags to soft duffels and more.
Stephanie Bag, $875, Dvf.com; Miss Sicily Lace bag, $2,095, Dolceandgabanna.com; Steve Madden Mason Perforated satchel & Bwoven bag, $98, Zappos.com; Ruby Crossbody and Pearl Bag, $55-$90, Bigbuddha.com; Fishing Net Bagand On The Button Bag,$54-$68, FrancescasCollections.com; Jessica Simpson Katie satchel, $68, Macys.com; Straw bamboo clutch, $44.90, Thelimited.com; Candie’s Sasha Perforated Crossbody, $15, Kohls.com
From two-tone to blocking and even sporty stripes, bright and bold styles can help infuse a little whimsy into your wardrobe. Handbags by YSL, Fendi and Louis Vuitton have helped to bring these punchy purses front and center this season, and while the designs will perfectly compliment an LBD (little black dress), don’t be afraid to pair them with other spring colors, prints and patterns. For the risk takers, try mixing and matching complimentary shades to create countless fun and flirty fashion possibilities this season.
Silvana Canvas and Leather Bag, $1,870, Fendi NYC 212-759-4646; Muse Two Multi Color Leather, $1,850, Ysl.com; 2 Tone Color Satchel, $100, Topshop.com; Franchi Crossbody and Halogen Dual Tone Tote, $88-$98, Nordstrom.com; Color Block Satchel and Marrakech Nylon Crossbody, $58-$95, Sondraroberts.com; Cooperative Turnlock Satchel, $68, Urbanoutfitters.com; Racer Tote, $62, Jcrew.com; Kid Suede Clutch, $59, Bakershoes.com; R&Em Penny Crossbody, $58, Macys.com; Rebecca Crossbody, $56 lulu-nyc.com; Shoulder Bag, $52, Chocolatehandbags.com; ASOS color block flat lock bag, $36, Asos.com; Essex Scout, $395, Katespade.com
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