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Bold, bright, and stylish handbags for spring

From trend-setting totes off the runway to affordable options in stores, TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas highlights the hottest handbags for spring.
/ Source: TODAY contributor

From trend-setting totes off the runway to affordable options in stores, TODAY Style Editor and '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,

Rosalie in Cobalt Blue $1495,

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

Rachel Roy Large Striped Tote $99,

Davina Satchel; Mia Shoulder Bag $88-$98,

Cooperative Mixed Media Bag $59,

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

Striped Barrel Bag $34.95,

Color-Blocked Faux-Leather Tote $18,

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,

Givenchy White Leather Antigona bag $2085,

SR Squared Nylon Overnighter & Perforated Patent Clutch $99,

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

Maddi Clutch $75,

White perforated Crossbody Bag $68,

Steve Madden High Tide Sunset Top Zip Clutch  $58,

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,

Harper Connect Printed Pony Bag $1200,

Rebecca Minkoff Coral Lovespell $385,

Dara Brandy Clutch $178,

Cosmic Love Duffle $85,

Betsey Johnson Playground Clutch $78,

BCBGeneration Leather Foldover Clutch $78,

Jewel Note Clutch $69,

Kaleidoscope Straw Wristlet $68,

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

Stephanie Nicole Stripe Rhinestone Chain Handle Tote $39.99

Small But Might Gold and Black Purse $42,