We’re at no loss for purse trends this season, but what are the looks that will catapult your spring and summer wardrobe into 2012? Luckily, we’ve got you covered, and instead of using the same tried-and-true bag you’ve been carrying all winter, take a look at the following purse trends and see what will work for you best.
1. The classic handbag
Channeling Mad Men has never been easier thanks to spring/summer purse trends that see traditional handbags staging a comeback. Whether in tones like feminine pastels or vibrant brights (thanks to Prada and their wide variety of shades), you can find a purse to suit your ensemble whether worn at the office or for drinks at night. Pair this purse trend with a pencil skirt and sorbet-toned blouse, or dress up a black shift dress with a bright handbag to create contrast. And if you’re really daring? Attempt a wicker style for a totally summer-inspired look.
2. Envelope bags
While clutches are one of the foolproof purse trends, spring/summer 2012 sees envelope bags (larger clutches shaped like envelopes) as a way to dress up an otherwise casual outfit. To combine seasonal colour must-dos with spring and summer’s purse trends, pick up a two-toned envelope bag by Celine (or one that looks close enough to it) and use it as part of a vibrant outfit. Or, use a black or neutral style to help anchor prints or louder tones.
3. Cross-body bags
We saw cross-body bags help define 2011 purse trends, and 2012 is no different. Capitalizing on a penchant for vintage, oversize straps “ that can be worn across your body “ are part of an ideal travel purse, especially since you’ll prevent shoulder strain or having to shift your bag from side to side. Designers like Ralph Lauren tied this purse trend into an overarching 1920s look, while Rebecca Minkoff used reptile prints to add a much-needed edge.
Satchels maintain their momentum when it comes to purse trends this spring/summer 2012, especially thanks to brands like Cambridge, who featured the look in bright, neon tones. A staple bag, you can pair a satchel with a crisp button-up for a collegiate-inspired look, or wear it with a vivid print sundress for a ˜70s vibe. Just remember that satchels aren’t usually dressy, so opt for a handbag on formal occasions.