Spring fashion is finally here! We’re so excited about all the light, color and fun prints across the board, but when it comes to handbags there’s a lot to covet. We saw bags of every shape and size at the Fashion Week spring shows, and we can't choose just one favorite.
Mini Mobile Bags were seen at almost every show, but our favorites included those that were whimsical at Lanvin and the boho-chic at Chloe. Go preppy with one from Cambridge Satchel Company, or simple with a pouch-like bag from H&M. Feeling more bohemian? We love the ASOS Mini Lace-Up Duffle Bag with a ‘70s-inspired outfit, or one from handbag queen Rebecca Minkoff for a pop of color. And just like the one from emerging designer Sophie Hulme says, you can “Go Bananas” and try a mini-version of her popular larger bags.
The Top Handle
Top Handle, as seen at Miu Miu and Prada, along with many other of the usually ladylike collections, are the practical bags of the season. This shape hardly ever goes out of style, and it’s a great option for both work and play — we like the juxtaposition of the structure with an a more relaxed and casual outfit. Try Phillip Lim’s silver version, a more modern take on the trend, or one in a more traditional shape with cool colors. Ready to go wild? Try the funky, striped one or this mustard one from Valentino, and if you’re ready to go all in and splurge, take a peek at Gucci’s Classic Blooms Bamboo Bag.
Get those Tide pens ready, ladies, because white bags are back in. Louis Vuitton did it in an unusual shape and Balenciaga had an entirely cloud-like and dreamy show. If you’re ready to try the trend, you’d be great to start with a simple backpack or crossover bag. Going on vacation? Why not take a patterned clutch? A great day option is Time’s Arrow with a mini top handle, which combines so many seasonal trends. And get ready to fall over: Tom Ford's Sienna Python is the bag of your dreams.
All About Chains
No (chain of) fools here! Chain bags, which have been a staple for the last few years, are still going strong. We are particularly obsessed with the ones at Marni and Calvin Klein for their modern take. At Calvin, even the sneakers had chains! We love Moschino's petite heart bag for a night out, or a chain tote for a carry-all day bag. Want to get noticed? The Jerome Dreyfuss Popeye bag will definitely do it, as will this classic cool girl bag from Alexander Wang. If you’re more inclined to try something totally new, look to Luana Italy's bag, whose chain is more rectangular than the classic circle.
We’re over the moon with the half and full-moon bags that suddenly cropped up this season. Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and Chanel are three of the shows with the most enviable examples, but there are plenty of options to choose from since these two are hot, hot, hot right now. Go more evening with Kate Spade, or join the fashion flocks in their love of Mansur Gavriel bags. Love the athleisure look? Pair it with this silver McQ bag or this moon from Paco Rabanne. And if you’re still dreaming about that Chanel hula-hoop bag, try the mini version from H&M.
What Anya Hindmarch and Kate Spade started is now a total trend to itself. The quirkier the bags, the bigger chance you’ll be good street style bait. We particularly love what Kate Spade did this season, and are totally enchanted by Thom Browne’s fish bags. It doesn’t all have to be totally bonkers, though — this Kaya Blue Luna Bag is a great introduction to the trend. Cat person? Try to resist that Karl Lagerfeld cat clutch. We love the playfulness of the Perspex lips and the cool collab between Opening Cermony and Fossil, and we definitely just put this Mad Men inspired throwback on our wish list.
Still feeling the ‘70s? Good, so are the runways. Everyone from DVF to Tory Burch and beyond are still really grooving on this decade. Start simple with Milly’s or Target’s version, or go for broke with this interesting fringe tote or croc-embossed bag. And the queen of vegan fashion, Stella McCartney, has the perfect bag for those not looking to sacrifice ethics for fashion.
Grab and Go
Stay with us, we're going a little oddball. “Grab-n-Go” is a mini-trend that popped up for spring — bags that encourage you to do just that, showcased at Libertine and Alexander Wang. Hold the bag however you like or by any means necessary — it’s okay to just scrunch it up in your fist, sling it over your shoulder or even loop it through your wrist. It Girl brand Hunting Season has a darling python pouch, as does cheeky designer Charlotte Olympia. Like a more literal interpretation? Check out the Opening Ceremony Athena Pebbled Lunch Bag or Chiyome Grey Large Tote. And here’s a secret fashion insiders have known for years — the ultimate down-low designer bag is a surprisingly affordable MM6 Maison Martin Margiela Denim Tote.