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Handbags You Need ASAP

by Lindsay Ware

Between the lip gloss, wallet, and phone, purses are a necessity for us girls. Whether you lean more towards minimalistic clutches, practical backpack-style sacks, or statement handbags, this season has so much to offer to appease your purse desires.

Backpack trend - Teen Vogue photograph

Backpack Trend – Image via Teen Vogue

Multi color clutch - Marie Claire, spring clutch trend

Multi color clutch – Marie Claire

One of the hottest looks right now is the bucket bag. Similar to an oversized coin purse, the bucket bag made a huge appearance this season with designers like Ralph Lauren and Nina Ricci sending them onto the runway. Perfect for day or night, the bucket bag is an easy, totally doable handbag choice.

If you’re a student or business professional, a purse is just not going to cut it. With books and electronics, you need something bigger (and more comfortable) than a shoulder strap. Enter the backpack trend. Gone are the days when backpacks were only for practicality, not fashion purposes.

For a more feminine flair, the tight shoulder bag is a no-brainer. Instead of having your purse rest on the hip area, the tight shoulder bag sits right underneath the arm pit. What could make this trend even easier? The fact that chances are, the purse you have already can be adjusted to mimic this trend, or you can just switch out the strap. Currently loving the tight shoulder bag with button down shirts and chunky knit layers.

Feeling wild? Why not give the faux fur handbag a try! Last year, we saw fur vests literally take over during the fall and winter seasons. This year, transition your love for fur into an accessory. Ultra-chic with a flowy blouse and some knee highs, or cozy casual with a sweater and your favorite jeans, this new trend is spot on.

If you often find yourself transitioning from work to cocktail hour, this one is for you. Clutches have been around for ages, but they are drawing a lot of attention this season because of their versatility and size. Rather than lugging around a cross body without much content inside, many women are opting to take the clutch instead. I mean, if you have your credit card, what else do you really need?

Which bag style is your usual go-to?

Tory Burch bag in tan leather, simple handbags

Tory Burch bag

Rebecca Minkoff backpack in cream leather

Rebecca Minkoff backpack

KENZO backpack with sequined embroidery and black leather

KENZO embroidered backpack

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