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    >>> this morning on "bobbie's style buzz," handbags off the runway, and we found some affordable options in the store. "today's" bobbie thomas is here with her picks of the season. bobbie, good morning.

    >> good morning.

    >> i love this every year but this year more so than any other year because look at the colors and patterns on the table. this is unbelievable.

    >> you can't afford color in the stores. and the designers really pushed the envelope and went to the ex- extre extreme.

    >> what you're seeing in clothing, you're seeing the same trends in handbags.

    >> some of the bright neons, for example. chanel has put forth. this is kind of a first look at these bags. these are nylon bags from chanel, and they're neon.

    >> bright.

    >> an iconic shape and really bright statement. of course, jimmy choo , python bag in electric blue . and bergdorf goodman . this jason wu all on trend with just a little bit of the trend. you can get something that doesn't have to scream but just a touch.

    >> the bold and sporty look, too, we're also seeing and more affordable options now that you scouted out for us.

    >> i love this. this is a fantastic bag. we actually have a picture of this bag on somebody that i pulled off the street. lynn, i met her in union square .

    >> there you go.

    >> i just wanted to show how a bag like this can be wearable.

    >> to make an outfit.

    >> at any age to really make an outfit.

    >> this was the before.

    >> this was the before.

    >> you see how that totally vamped up the look.

    >> exactly. if you don't want to go neon, you can still find sporty options. and color comes back about this time every year. what's new is really the sporty factor. this is only $19.95 at old navy.

    >> a great tote.

    >> it's a great tote with the double color combination on the colorblock trend. some affordable options with the orange trim and the blue at h&m, very affordable. and joe fresh, a fun bag with stripes. and rachel roy at macy's, another one of my favorite picks, a great tote.

    >> when you're wearing a bag like this, you can get away still with wearing --

    >> anything.

    >> -- colorblocking outfits as well.

    >> anything. you can wear neutrals like yourself, plaque and white like me. even if you're wearing color, some of these with the multicolors will work better than --

    >> than others.

    >> than a brown or black bag .

    >> why not?

    >> absolutely.

    >> on the other end of the spectrum from the color to bright white which we love. we've got great styles and the trends we're talking about. great designers.

    >> this is valentino, givenchy. it's that crisp white. every neutral is in right now. but if you really want to do something that's going to instantly update your look, a white bag can work. a big question i get often, though, is can you keep it clean, you know.

    >> we get that all the time. especially with kids.

    >> there's so much texture available right now. this is a great tote that's inexpensive. that's crackled leather that won't really show scuffs. but one of my favorite bags, sondra roberts is so smart when she makes her bags. she has the option of keeping it in the shape that you see here or unzipping it so it can pop out to a bigger tote.

    >> good travel bag .

    >> and this is nylon. and it's washable. you can take this out in the rain.

    >> wipe it down with a cloth.

    >> wipe it down if you're using it with the kids. top shop 's got something great. and then this bag --

    >> this little clutch.

    >> from buddha, great for summer evenings. it has the chains so you don't have to hold it.

    >> saying how much it looks like a bottega voneta. you updated kelly's style.

    >> i loveder hair and her green jacket .

    >> this is before.

    >> this is before. she had this great basic brown bag and the white bag really helps it pop. it updates it and makes it spring.

    >> makes it much more modern. this is a trend i just love. we're seeing it all over the place. not just on the runways but also in handbags.

    >> everywhere. this is such a great season to get a bag that says who you are. so don't be afraid of a statement bag. it actually is your signature. i love this harper connect bag from diane von furstenberg . it's leopard print hair. but on the back, you can see that there is a hidden ipad carrier.

    >> wow, that's cool.

    >> she makes it in the leopard but also basic colors like tan and black. also fendi, this colorful studded bag. it's such a hit on the runway.

    >> that's fun.

    >> it's been in so many magazines.

    >> really cute.

    >> rebecca minkoff. i'm a huge fan of her trends in neon. it's a textured tote bag.

    >> some silk.

    >> and vince komuta. it's $150 but you get the clutch out of it and it can be a great shoulder bag .

    >> that's beautiful.

    >> you can use it during the day or at night. every single one of these, this nine west and all of these are on the website. i have listed every single one. i've done the homework for you.

    >> also, you found a woman, whitney, and you updated her style with a patterned handbag. let's see how she looked before. sort of a gray outfit, wintry.

    >> i wanted to give her that instant pop with a signature bag. so fun. again, all the bags aside from the designer ones on the runway are under $100. you really can find something that you like.

    >> you did our shopping for us this morning. thank you so much. for more information on the handbags, you can also find it on bobbie's

TODAY contributor
updated 3/28/2012 5:48:54 PM ET 2012-03-28T21:48:54

From trend-setting totes off the runway to affordable options in stores, TODAY Style Editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas shares the best in spring handbags.

Bold and Sporty
This season is all about color, color and more color! Want proof? Chanel, normally known for its dedication to neutrals like navy, black and cream, is offering their iconic flap bag in matte nylon neons, while designers like Jimmy Choo are turning up the volume with vibrant hues, from electric blue to shocking pink. Beyond the catwalk, you’ll find bold bags that pop at every price point and even if you're not out to glow like Times Square, you can still get in on the fun. Designer Jason Wu offers up a basic black satchel that's trimmed with in highlighter yellow, while other brands offer sleek and sophisticated bags in bright punchy tones that allow color to steal the spotlight.

Chanel Neon Bags $1800-2000, 800-550-0005

Jason Wu Colorblock Messenger $1595, Bergdorfgoodman.com

Rosalie in Cobalt Blue $1495, Jimmychoo.com

Natalie Cross Body & Gianna Neon Satchel $79-99, Meliebianco.com

Rachel Roy Large Striped Tote $99, Rachelroy.com

Davina Satchel; Mia Shoulder Bag $88-$98, Danielle-nicole.com

Cooperative Mixed Media Bag $59, Urbanoutfitters.com

Stripe Tote, $49, available in May at Joe Fresh; 212-366-0960

Striped Barrel Bag $34.95, Hm.com

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Color-Blocked Faux-Leather Tote $18, Oldnavy.com

Bright White
If you're anything like me, you crave a crisp, new handbag as soon as spring's warm temperatures start to roll in. Not only does a white bag instantly update your look, it's also a great way to maximize your current wardrobe, allowing you to wear your darker winter items further into new season. If you're looking for inspiration, structured satchels from Valentino & Givenchy are polished and pretty, with feminine frames and dainty top handles; these classic silhouettes are perfect for channeling the glamour of decades past, and will withstand the test of time. And for those who are wary of white for fear of dirt, consider choosing a wipe-able patent or faux-leather purse, or a bag with texture that can easily camouflage minor scuffs.

Studded Flap Top Bag, White Leather Demetra $1795-2295, Valentino.com

Givenchy White Leather Antigona bag $2085, Bergdorfgoodman.com

SR Squared Nylon Overnighter & Perforated Patent Clutch $99, Sondraroberts.com

Melie Bianco Daphine Shoulder Bag; Luisa Tote $95-118, Endless.com

Maddi Clutch $75, Bigbuddha.com

White perforated Crossbody Bag $68, Topshop.com

Steve Madden High Tide Sunset Top Zip Clutch  $58, Macys.com

Mondani Top Handle Bag Delano $50, 800-847-0072

Stylish Statements
Last but not least, a handbag round-up wouldn't be complete without a few signature statement-makers! This season, designers indulged in details, from colorful studs on Fendi’s One + One bag to Diane von Furstenberg’s clever Harper Connect bag that features a special built-in iPad sleeve for easy access on the go. Florals are blooming everywhere, and handbags are in on the garden party. If you’ve been afraid to wear the trend, try a colorful carry-all. When it comes to evening bags, special styles with mixed materials, such as sequins, beads, or studs are a plenty and are all wise investments. While you may think a quirky clutch can be hard to incorporate, pretty patterns and woven bags can sometimes be the most versatile, pulling together almost any outfit with a fresh, fashion forward twist. So don’t be afraid to invest in a signature bold bag and add a touch of ‘you’ to any ensemble.

Fendi Studded One + One Drawstring-Top Satchel $3670, Neimanmarcus.com

Harper Connect Printed Pony Bag $1200, Dvf.com

Rebecca Minkoff Coral Lovespell $385, Bloomingdales.com

Dara Brandy Clutch $178, Vincecamuto.com

Cosmic Love Duffle $85, Deuxlux.com

Betsey Johnson Playground Clutch $78, Betseyjohnson.com

BCBGeneration Leather Foldover Clutch $78, Macys.com

Jewel Note Clutch $69, Ninewest.com

Kaleidoscope Straw Wristlet $68, Oliviaandjoy.com

Devoss Crossbody Floral Bag; Froberg Top Handle; Beaded Pattern Hobo $45-$55, Aldoshoes.com

Stephanie Nicole Stripe Rhinestone Chain Handle Tote $39.99 Strawberrystores.com

Small But Might Gold and Black Purse $42, Lulus.com

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