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Our Ultimate Spring '13 Bag Guide — See and Shop the Top Trends!

May 3 2013 - 8:56am

No Spring (or Summer) wardrobe is complete without its statement bag, and that's where our ultimate bag guide will serve you well. When our favorite models strutted down the Spring '13 runways, we paid extra attention to their arm candy — every handle, every zipper, every shape — and now we're translating those styles into trends you can shop at all price points. Judging from the colorblocked bags and printed silhouettes to the seriously textured investment and must-have party clutch, we promise there's something in here for everyone. Just click through to find your It bag now.

Printed

Why we love it: Printed bags are a quick and easy — not to mention fun — way to take your look from simple to standout. The best part? There are insurmountable patterns to choose from. Florals, stripes, animal print, and tribal are just a few of our favorites.

How to wear it: If you're a mix master, carry your printed bag with a coordinating patterned ensemble. We love the idea of a floral bag with striped trousers. Or for a more subtle approach, keep your outfit in the solid family.

Pictured: 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2013

Printed

3.1 Phillip Lim floral-print Pashli bag [1] ($795)

Printed

Topshop striped satchel [2] ($68)

Printed

MSGM small fabric bag [3] ($608)

Printed

Opening Ceremony floral bag [4] ($550)

Printed

Proenza Schouler checkered PS1 satchel [5] ($2,995)

Printed

Juicy Couture palm-tree-print clutch [6] ($78)

Printed

Kenzo leopard-print tote bag [7] ($377)

Printed

Loeffler Randall floral-print envelope clutch [8] ($295)

Clear

Why we love it: We can't think of a better way to get noticed than a clear handbag, because let's face it, you don't see a lot of them around. No matter what shape or size you choose, it will add a dose of whimsy to your style.

How to wear it: For daytime, pick a clear big tote; for night, go with a Lucite box clutch. Just make sure you want all the items in your purse displayed. Read: put your feminine products in a smaller pouch.

Pictured: Marc by Marc Jacobs [9]

Clear

Burberry Prorsum clear red Blaze bag [10] ($2,551)

Clear

Juicy Couture Lucite neon minaudière [11] ($148)

Clear

Fendi clear canvas shopping tote [12] ($1,023)

Clear

Kotur glitter globe minaudière [13] ($395)

Clear

Valentino clear studded flap bag [14] ($1,795)

Clear

Alice + Olivia Lucite striped box clutch [15] ($295)

Clear

Marc by Marc Jacobs clear top handle bag [16] ($348)

Clear

Charlotte Olympia green Pandora clutch [17] ($1,255)

Clear

Deux Lux clear tote [18] ($98)

Chain Straps

Why we love it: Chain straps lend a tough edge to any style, and they're a great way to get in on the Chanel aesthetic minus the price. Plus, with these bags, you don't need to wear much jewelry.

How to wear it: Use a chain-strap bag to dress up your daytime ensembles, then come night, tuck the strap into the bag to create a clutch.

Pictured: Kate Spade [19] New York Spring 2013

Chain Straps

Jason Wu mint green crossbody bag [20] ($1,795)

Chain Straps

Milly silver mini shoulder bag [21] ($168)

Chain Handles

Stella McCartney yellow Falabella bag [22] ($843)

Chain Straps

Kate Spade New York Lincoln Square Garrett chain-strap bag [23] ($298)

Chain Straps

Gorjana crossbody bag [24] ($235)

Saint Laurent Betty studded chain shoulder bag [25] ($3,450)

Chain Straps

Rafe New York Lucite floral clutch [26] ($295)

Chain Straps

Victoria Beckham white two-toned bag [27] ($3,653)

Chain Straps

Tory Burch Maddie pink tie-dye shoulder bag [28] ($595)

Printed

Jimmy Choo floral biker bag [29] ($4,695)

Chain Straps

Valentino pink snakeskin lock bag [30] ($2,995)

Backpacks

Why we love it: Backpacks feed into the sporty craze, plus they're supercomfortable, but unlike the ones you owned in high school and college, these have an ultrasophisticated spin. We especially love one in leather.

How to wear it: A backpack is normally a daytime bag, but we love the idea of wearing it with leather pants and heels at night.

Pictured: Hermès Spring 2013

Backpacks

Givenchy paisley print backpack [31] ($1,135)

Backpacks

Tory Burch Pierson backpack [32] ($365)

Backpacks

Neil Barrett triangular backpack [33] ($960)

Backpacks

American Eagle embroidered backpack [34] ($40)

Backpacks

Alexander Wang green leather backpack [35] ($850)

Backpacks

Nasir Mazhar Aztec backpack [36] ($350)

Backpacks

Diane von Furstenberg printed canvas and leather backpack [37] ($135, originally $295)

Backpacks

Jason Wu calf hair backpack [38] ($1,965)

Backpacks

Meredith Wendell coral canvas backpack [39] ($591)

Backpacks

Bark colorblock backpack [40] ($410)

Envelope Clutches

Why we love it: Envelope clutches never really go out of style, but this season, they're particularly fresh. We dig the structured feel and the sharp corners.

How to wear it: Get one in an oversize shape and bold color, then tuck it under your arm — day or night.

Pictured: Max Mara [41] Spring 2013

Envelope Clutches

Acne Studios white envelope clutch [42] ($400)

Envelope Clutches

10 Crosby Derek Lam lizard-print clutch [43] ($395)

Envelope Clutches

Clare Vivier pochette clutch [44] ($172)

Envelope Clutches

Elaine Turner zigzag raffia envelope clutch [45] ($195)

Envelope Clutches

BCBG Max Azria laser-cut envelope clutch [46] ($90, originally $128)

Envelope Clutches

Gap pink envelope clutch [47] ($40)

Envelope Clutches

Oscar de la Renta green printed envelope clutch [48] ($1,595)

Envelope Clutches

Givenchy Antigona blue clutch [49] ($1,023)

Animal Skin

Why we love it: Honestly, we can't think of a more luxe way to carry our necessities. Between snakeskin, crocodile, and python, you're sure to look like a million bucks (even if it's faux).

How to wear it: Match your animal skin bag with your favorite jeans to give them a posh spin or take it to the office to wow your colleagues.

Pictured: Trussardi [50] Spring 2013

Animal Skin

3.1 Phillip Lim crocodile-embossed 31 Hour bag [51] ($1,195)

Brahmin blue croc-embossed bag [52] ($325)

Animal Skin

Alexander Wang Pelican croc-embossed sling bag [53] ($925)

Animal Skin

Christian Louboutin python bow clutch [54] ($1,295)

Animal Skin

Kara Ross white python clutch [55] ($1,755)

Animal Skin

Proenza Schouler PS1 python tote [56] ($4,825)

Animal Skin

Rachel Zoe Margaux snakeskin minaudière [57] ($375)

Animal Skin

House of Harlow reptile crossbody pouch [58] ($195)

Animal Skin

Stella McCartney blue snake-print foldover clutch [59] ($890)

Totes

Why we love it: Totes are making a huge comeback, and we couldn't be happier — they're roomy enough to fit all of our goods but aren't boring in the least bit. Plus, they're great for work.

How to wear it: House your laptop and folders in your tote bag and take it to the office. Then after work, it'll make a smooth transition to dinner. Don't be scared to work it on the weekend, too.

Pictured: Mulberry Spring 2013

Totes

Balenciaga paper basket tote [60] ($1,273)

Totes

Banana Republic orange leather tote [61] ($250)

Totes

Want Les Essentiels striped shopper tote [62] ($350)

Totes

Givenchy blue Antigona tote [63] ($1,220)

Totes

Pour La Victoire yellow zipper tote [64] ($425)

Totes

Rag & Bone exclusive multicolored tote [65] ($755)

Totes

Saint Laurent reversible tote [66] ($1,471)

Totes

Sophie Hulme striped eel-skin tote [67] ($1,330)

Totes

C. Wonder striped nylon tote [68] ($88)

Structured

Why we love it: Structured bags have the ability to lend instant ladylike glamour — and major polish — to your wardrobe. They offer a vintage touch, too.

How to wear it: Let your structured bag add sharpness to your slouchy pieces, like boyfriend jeans and baggy trousers. It would look amazing with a pencil skirt and crisp blouse, too.

Pictured: Louis Vuitton [69] Spring 2013

Structured

Kate Spade New York mint satchel [70] ($398)

Structured

Marc by Marc Jacobs colorblocked satchel [71] ($525)

Structured

Opening Ceremony red mini shoulder bag [72] ($550)

Structured

J.Crew Edie satchel [73] ($238)

Structured

Coach Saffiano mini satchel [74] ($228)

Structured

Milly snake-embossed ivory tote bag [75] ($775)

Structured

IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson Duane Street bag [76] ($158)

Colorblocked

Why we love it: Colorblocking is one of the most exciting trends — such a great way to put all the colors you adore on display at the same time. With a colorblocked bag on your arm, you'll definitely look in the know.

How to wear it: You'll likely create a clash with your other colorful clothes, but it's to be expected and is actually encouraged. For a less in-your-face approach, stick to dark colors when toting your colorblocked bag.

Pictured: Diane von Furstenberg [77] Spring 2013

Colorblocked

Jason Wu mini colorblock crossbody bag [78] ($995)

Colorblocked

Carven colorblock satchel [79] ($1,050)

Colorblocked

Ann Taylor colorblocked perforated leather clutch [80] ($118)

Colorblocked

Diane von Furstenberg colorblock satchel [81] ($545)

Colorblocked

Milly Kelly colorblock bag [82] ($178)

Colorblocked

Kate Landry stud top handle colorblock bag [83] ($79)

Colorblocked

Paula Cademartori colorblock satin clutch [84] ($1,195)


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