3 Handbags You Need Now

Words by Leah Melby | 4.14.16
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.

Personality-Injected Styles

Street Style: February 29 - Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016/17

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).

Fendi Micro Monster Baguette, $1,245

RealStyle_bags_582x360_1 2Loewe Flamenco Knot Bag, $1,195

RealStyle_bags_582x360_6 2Gucci GG Supreme Dionysus Bag, $2,800


Adorable Mini Versions

Street Style: February 24 - Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2016/17

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.

RealStyle_bags_582x360_3 2Louis Vuitton Argent Epi Petite-Malle Bag, $4,600

RealStyle_bags_582x360_4 2Hermès Mini Kelly 15, $4,800

Chanel Mini Crossbody Bag, $695


Classic Saddles

Street Style Day 2 - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul Autumn/Winter 2016

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.

RealStyle_bags_582x360_8_Chloé Medium Marcie Saddle Crossbody Bag, $995

RealStyle_bags_582x360_5 2Hermès Vintage Saddle Bag, $1,495

RealStyle_bags_582x360_2_Louis Vuitton Flore Chantilly Bag, $1,095


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