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.
Lucite clutches are (clearly) having a major moment in the spotlight — all you have to do is zoom in on the red carpet for further proof. First spotted on the Spring '13 runways at Gucci and Chanel, these Lucite handhelds have made their way to the Hollywood circuit, and with that comes even more inspired ways to wear them. Solange Knowles is the proud owner of not one, but two styles, while Sophia Bush and Olivia Palermo have both sported brighter neon versions. Step inside to get a closer look at how the stars are styling their Lucite clutches and score your own.
Plus, you can shop our editors' (other) clear-bag picks directly from the ultimate Spring '13 bag guide.
Designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, and Chloé featured colorblocked bags all over their Spring runways, and today, we're showing you our top five picks for the season. Whether you decide to go casual with a bold neoprene tote or opt for a more chic, work-appropriate silhouette, there's no shortage of styling possibilities for you to try out all season long. From Pierre Hardy's neon-injected shoulder bag to Rebecca Minkoff's hands-free fun, see our favorite colorblocked bags in the video, then shop exact and similar items below!
Not only are celebrities wearing Spring's hottest black and white trend, they're also carrying it. Here's proof: Jessica Alba's blue and black outfit wasn't complete without her black-and-white Roger Vivier bag — here's a larger version ($4,089). Diane Kruger's Alexander McQueen Heroine satchel ($3,450) dressed up her gray tee and pink Current/Elliott jeans, Amanda Seyfried's oversize bag was a chic complement to her laid-back daytime style, and Gwyneth Paltrow's colorblocked Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 satchel ($495) lent a little flair to her otherwise basic travel style. Need any further proof of the black-and-white bag craze, then behold the trend's other selling points: the color combo is a classic, which means you can wear it long after this Spring — plus, it's safe to say this color scheme is easy to incorporate with the rest of your wardrobe. Sold? Then shop our editors' favorite black and white bags below.
It's not often that we get an It bag that rings in under $200. But with its classic, bookish silhouette, Cambridge Satchel quickly became the bag to have after gaining popularity with the street-style crowd and cool girls like Alexa Chung. Since the label launched in 2007, it has continued to deliver the same iconic style finished in a wash of rainbow hues. For Spring '13, those colors are a range of pretty pastels, or what founder Julie Deane calls a "Chelsea Flower Show makeover." The four fresh hues are named after flowers you'd find strolling the British gardens in Spring and Summer — namely Crocus, Honeysuckle, Lavender, and Sweet Pea — giving each bag not just a covetable Spring-perfect pop, but also a bit of quintessentially British heritage. And, if you're looking for a shade maybe a tad more brilliant, the company has just released two very on-trend emerald and sapphire bags for Spring. Click through to see every new color, and then click over to The Cambridge Satchel Company to shop your favorite style (and take advantage of free worldwide shipping in March!).
It may be over, but there's no harm in taking one last look — especially since the Paris Fashion Week street-style set brought their A-game styling to every Fall '13 show and afterparty. And despite less-than-ideal weather conditions, these ladies proved that a little rain wasn't going to stop them from showing off their finest wares. Not only were we treated to a bevy of gorgeous outerwear and statement separates, but the accessories were just as intriguing. From furry, colorblocked scarves to iridescent clutches and stunning jewels, see over 100 snaps of the best of the best from the PFW street scene right now.
Gwyneth Paltrow arrived at LAX to catch a flight in her signature casual-meets-cool travel outfit. And while we can't deny the classic appeal of her gray tee, faded jeans, and gray booties, we couldn't help but zoom in on two noticeably new additions to her jet-set getup: her black-and-white bags from Alice + Olivia's Spring 2013 collection and her bird tattoo. OK, so technically that's three new things to take note of. Neither Gwyneth's satchel nor tote is available to shop yet, but we don't — and shouldn't! — have to wait to get in on the sleek dual-tone look. What we love most about black-and-white bags is that, besides the fact that black and white are the hottest color couple right now, they feature two neutral hues that will go with just about anything in your closet. Plus, they're the easiest way to add instant sophistication to any piece, especially with your go-to denim. Thus, taking a cue from Gwyneth, we hunted down 17 equally fabulous black-and-white bags to add to your closet now.
With January in full swing, there's no time like the present to reflect on all the gorgeous accessories we saw on the Spring 2013 runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. When it came to bags, we saw all shapes, sizes, and colors, from the structured, ladylike satchels at Louis Vuitton and Bottega Veneta, to flirty floral-print bags at J.Crew, Mulberry, and more. It's time to drop your jaws and start saving your pennies — just click through to get your fill of the best bags for Spring '13 right now.