Purse Picks

By Sharon Mosley

March 7, 2008 3 min read

PURSE PICKS

From mild to wild, it's time for a brand-new bag

By Sharon Mosley

Copley News Service

You don't have to spend thousands of dollars this spring to get a to-die-for handbag. There are dozens of styles to choose from - big, bold candy-colored clutches or artsy totes with multicolored patchwork designs. You'll want several different handbags in your wardrobe for spring. Here are a few that will top the list:

- The bucket bag. First of all on the wish list, a big bag to hold all your stuff, especially if you're traveling. The big bucket, satchel or hobo bag is a great carryall and the perfect all-around handbag.

- The bright clutch. The candy colors are big and beautiful this spring and the oversized clutch is another fashionable way to stash a few credit cards and cash for an evening out. Some of the smaller ones will even fit inside those bucket bags, too.

- The baguette. Inspired by the 10th anniversary of the Fendi classic handbag, designers are chomping down on the famous clutch design in softer and bigger versions. And no, you don't have to pay $2,000 for them either.

- The artsy tote. Designers have become more and more creative with handbag designs, since it seems that many of us just can't resist the urge to have more than a few in our closets. This spring, watch for handbag designs to get even more artsy with colorful and crafty-inspired patchwork combinations.

- The bag with pouches. Don't want to scrounge around inside that big, dark purse? Then buy a handbag with pouches on the outside for all your important must-have items - cell phone, iPod, Blackberry - right at your fingertips in pockets that actually function with style.

- The chain, chain, chain. Yes, it's been a classic feature of the Chanel handbag for years, but now a lot of handbags are getting on the links. Structured frame bags with a retro '70s feel are also getting a handle on things.

- The exotic skins. How about a blue metallic python messenger bag? Or an emerald crocodile slouchy tote? Or a glossy gold ostrich envelope clutch? The more exotic the better this spring - all just a little on the wild side.

? Copley News Service

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