Handbag Trends

By Sharon Mosley

February 14, 2017 5 min read

Just because you're still slushing through the snow in your trusty Wellies doesn't mean you can't start thinking spring and sunny days ahead. You can always get a head start on the season with a new handbag that will carry you through until you're ready to step out and bare your toes. Here are the best bags the season has to offer:

—Let's get small. The tiny bags are back in a big way and the perfect size for stashing your small stuff like lipstick, cash, credit cards or phones. These little purses are even better when they have long maxi shoulder straps that leave your hands free for more important things than keeping up with a clutch that may not be the best dance partner around. The enameled crossbody cases from Valentino are super sophisticated. The camera bags at Marc Jacobs are for the cool crowd. You can always tuck these tiny bags into another handbag when you need...

—The really big bags. Extra large handbags are a necessity on many occasions and we all know that there are times when we need a lot of stuff. Check out huge bucket bags with drawstrings, oversized shoppers with single straps and slouchy duffel totes. Whether it's for work or for travel, the big bags are getting more attention this spring in eye-popping technicolors...

—And whimsical prints. From Picasso-inspired artwork in Marc Jacobs' accessories collection to mod pastel florals at Tory Burch to bold Asian chinoiserie at Loewe and optic patterns at Prada, prints pack a powerful punch on purses this spring and summer. If you're tired of the same old, same old basic bag, then invest in one of these fun statements. Literally, you will find lots of handbags embellished with expressive words. It may be the only fashion update your wardrobe will need for a new season unless it's...

—An even more whimsical shape. You know designers are getting their creative juices flowing when they send out handbags that borderline on the bazaar: Plexiglas robots at Chanel, teddy bears at Moschino, wicker monkeys at Kate Spade, dachshund dogs at Thom Browne, pianos and guitars at Dolce & Gabbana. These are the bags to buy if you really have more money than you can stash anywhere else but maybe in...

—Sporty backpacks. Backpacks may have started out lugging books to school and climbing equipment up mountains, but this year they are hiking everywhere from city streets to party city. There's a size for every occasion. Hunter has rubberized mini backpacks in pastel hues. Marc Jacobs embellishes his backpacks with larger-than-life graphics. There are even fanny packs making a style comeback with big name labels like Stella McCartney and DKNY giving them stylish cache like they've never had before.

—Then it's time to get exotic. Another exciting way to give your whole wardrobe a little pizzazz this spring without getting too weird with lions and tigers and bears, is to go with shimmer and shine. Metallics, once reserved for special occasion dressing, give daytime clothes an extra dose of glamour in colorful handbags ranging from the ever-popular silver to reds, blues and bronze tones. Handbags also get the exotic treatment with snakeskin textures and faux furs.

—Top it all off. Top-handle bags may be your best bet if you want a handbag that will last you for years. This ladylike classic has been reinvented in boxy shapes (Hermes' dark green alligator is the ultimate); camel saddlebags (Michael Kors); twisted rope straps (Vuitton) and geometric squares and circles (Celine). And the newest way to top off a new handbag? Grab onto the ring handles, hang on and swing right on into spring.

(SET CAPTION) Small is a big trend in handbags this spring. Camera bag embellished with patchwork flowers from Marc Jacobs.(www.marcjacobs.com). (END CAPTION)

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