Spring's bucket-bag trend is a slam dunk in our style book this season, and here's why. Striking an even balance between casual and chic, this classic silhouette can look just as cool with your pretty printed dresses as it does with a pair of laid-back jeans. Depending on how you wear it — we love them worn crossbody — bucket bags inject an effortless aesthetic we're all want to channel on our more relaxed styling days. What's more, this medium-size bag is perfect for any (and all) of your upcoming music-fest outings and warm-weather adventures. From 3.1 Phillip Lim's floral Scout bag to Baggu's neon yellow minimal masterpiece, shop our top picks below.
>> The Meredith Wendell Spring 2012 lookbook is in, and it's just the thing to perk up any dreary day.
"Spring 2012 was inspired by super-sporty '80's elements: sneaker materials like grosgrain canvas mixed with metallic leather, fat shoestrings, and neon," explains designer Meredith German. Sure enough, colorblocked shoulder bags are punctuated by citron snakeskin, sleek patent totes are adorned with vivid straps, and thick belts are woven in eye-popping leathers.
Click through to peek the entire lookbook, which was shot at Chapel Beach Club in New Jersey and — as usual — is so super dreamy it's likely to make you want to hop the next plane to somewhere beachy ASAP. "Our shoot inspiration is always a bit resort-ish," German says.
>> Accessories line Meredith Wendell is relatively new — but its colorblock bags, quirky-chic belts, and geo-pop baubles are already regular fixtures on the pages of Vogue, Elle, W, Harper's Bazaar, and Marie Claire. Created in 2008 by husband-and-wife duo Meredith and Wendell German, the line features strong silhouettes, luxurious textures, and richly-vibrant color combinations — a sporty-luxe aesthetic that's right in step with the mood of recent seasons. "The color inspiration comes mainly from The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. I spent my childhoods there, and the Dorothy Draper-designed interiors are so vibrant and dynamic, it’s hard not to become inspired," Meredith explains. In fact, In fact, the Greenbrier is such a strong influence that in recent seasons, the Germans have traveled to West Virginia to shoot the line's lookbooks — lushly styled by friend and creative collaborator Beth Fenton — on the grounds of the storied hotel.
Here, a look at the current collection — including images from the Chris Brooks-shot lookbook, and a selection of pieces (priced from $220 to $1,900) currently available to shop online.