April 14, 2016
By Leah Melby Clinton
3 HANDBAGS YOU NEED NOWSHOP HANDBAGS
Beyond swapping out boots for slides and tucking the coats far back into your closet, the start of spring and summer is a perfect opportunity to introduce a new bag to your rotation. Whether it’s about investing in a classic shape that will easily segue into next fall or experimenting with trends that read best in balmy weather, this is the ideal time of the year to find a new favorite. A steady flirtation with maximalism in the way of Gucci’s Alessandro Michele has meant chic arms everywhere are toting styles brimming with quirky accents. There’s even more personality to be found in the way we’ve abandoned gigantic totes in favor of tiny miniatures, a must-have for any oft-photographed street style star. Finally, round out this season’s trend report with a retro classic that’s having another moment in the sun.
The chief example of this category belongs to the aforementioned Michele, whose reign has seen Gucci jump back into the buzziest of territories. The coveted Dionysus shoulder bags showcase the house’s monogram alongside whimsical insects, blossoms, and more. If the animal kingdom isn’t quite your space, look for options done in funky shapes and bright colors, or meant to evoke a major imagination trip (like Fendi’s fur monsters, a bold look that’s shown staying power).
Adorable Mini Versions
As we slough off winter’s bulkier clothes, we’re perfectly positioned to reach for the pint-sized purse. The tiny style that would have looked out of place dangling from a wool sweater’ed wrist feels perfect for filmy blouses and floaty sundresses. Pare back to just the essentials required for a sunny day spent nursing an iced coffee (little more than a credit card and cell phone, to be fair), and enjoy the freedom that comes when not weighed down.
The most laid-back of the shoulder bag family, the saddle bag reemerged with a chic vengeance when Chloé began introducing modern updates to the 70s style. The rounded silhouette feels fresh again and hasn’t lost any of its original, practical appeal.