Ask any stylist about the one element in a woman’s wardrobe that tells the story of who she is and they will likely say: “her handbag.” You can throw on a pair of old sneakers, jeans, and a tee-shirt, but add a great bag and suddenly your entire look is elevated. Even a well-loved high-quality bag says, “luxe.”
Always go for the best handbag you can afford. This is one of the few items that will likely be in your wardrobe long after you’ve turned over almost everything else. As for color, you’ll probably want the one you use most often to be in a neutral, one that works with the majority of your wardrobe. That doesn’t mean you must have a black, tan or even a mono-colored, every-day bag. For spring, a navy or white or even a coral might be one of your best neutrals.
The good news is that you don’t need dozens of them. Realistically, few of us swap out our handbags on a regular basis. Although designers are constantly adding elements to bring them fashion forward, the basics stay they same. Seasons past, handbags were getting smaller and smaller. But according to the runways, bigger bags are making a comeback.
For your everyday bag, function and comfort should be your first consideration. And then, just as with your clothing, proportion and size should always be considered. You don’t want your bag announcing itself before you do, or being so petite as to be inconsequential. It has to make a statement about you, one that is flattering.
Best Handbags for Spring
: There are lots of new trends this year. Some are remake of years past, but many are really fresh and will update your wardrobe without buying another single thing. Some of the trends we liked best are: bucket bags, mini palm bags, crossbodies, crochet bags, oversized bags, briefcase style bags, heavy metal and crescent moon bags.
Since budget is usually where you start, we’ve grouped our handbag choices for Spring by price.
Just one final point: since you’re going to be spending a little more for basics, make sure you take good care of them. That means pre-treating with stain guard if necessary and getting them repaired or polished as needed. With just a little maintenance you’ll have a great handbag wardrobe for a long time.