Whether you're off to work, meeting friends at Bistro 20, heading to Sudbury Farms, or attending a warm-weather wedding, handbag choices this season are endless. As with all accessories, a great bag can turn any outfit from plain to perfect.
Whether you like to fill your burberry bags with just money and a lipstick, or fill it with everything but the kitchen sink, you're sure to find the bag that works for you.This seasons bags can range in price from $10 to more than $1,000, depending on what you're looking for. If you're willing to pay top dollar, consider a bag from designers such as Fendi, Burberry or Coach. If you're like me and are looking for a great bag without spending a fortune, look no further than stores like Sudbury's TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, DSW and more.
Now, let's talk about the real fun stuff — bag styles! Here are some of this season's great styles and they come in a wide variety of colors and sizes:
Satchels — Poppie Jones beaded satchel at DSW for $34.95, or an SM large purple satchel for $69.95. Saddle Bags — Big Buddha, Saddle Buberry Cross body Bags at Macy's for $95 Back Packs — Cute and practical. Try the Sak Ventura backpack at Macy's, on sale for $88.99. Vera Bradley Fabric backpacks for $88 at The Paper Store. Casual Totes — Available in natural fibers, such as a Calypso Natural Straw tote at Target for $24.99, a Gap "sequin strap tote" canvas for $44.95, or a Graphic canvas tote at Express for $49.90. Hobo & Shoulder Bags — BCBG leather shoulder bag for $159.95 at DSW for a splurge. Red by Mark Ecko Hobo for $49.95. Or Straw Shoulder bag from Express for $39.90. Crossbody bags — Nine West Mini Crossbody bag at DSW for $19. Or a Steve Madden Handbag, BTmara Convertible bag for $59 at Macy's. Clutches — Metallic foldover clutch from Express for $39.90. Expressions NYC, satin and polyester woven clutch for $58 at Nordstrom.
Wristlets — Straw square ring wristlet at Express for $19.90. Animal print wristlet at Ann Taylor Loft for $16.90. Style & Co. handbag at Macy's for $32. Mini bags — Carry all your essentials in one easy place. Check out the chic mini satchel from JC Penney Liz Claiborne 'Little Ones' for $27.99. Or a Fossil leather mini bag, Convertible Mini for $65 at Macy's.
Often, it's the details that make all the difference such as:
Colors, colors, colors — Try bright and bold colors such as the DKNY $265 leather hobo with a woven handle in bright green. Or a floral pattern such as Giani Bernini Handbag on sale for $50 at Macy's. You could try a bag in metallic, or of course go with the classic black, neutral tones such as the White House Black Market, Raffia and faux patent leather bag for $48. You can also try a fresh white bag for the season such as the Mossimo White Satchel at Target for $29.99. Simple details — Try beads on the Lulu Beaded Box Clutch at DSW for $39.95, gems, sequins, stitching, multiple pockets, mixed hardware or even embroidery. Textures or prints — such as a TJ Maxx, faux leather snakeskin bag for $16.99.Accessorize your handbag by tying a bright scarf on your bag as a fun accent. Handbags with chain-straps, leather, ribbons, or even rope handles add a little something to the look.
Whether you're wearing jeans and a pair of comfy sandals or a sundress and wedges, you can complete any look with one fantastic bag. Why not add a pop of color to your spring wardrobe with a bright bag in a cobalt blue or cheery yellow? Or perhaps you could try a statement clutch to add some pizazz to an otherwise simple outfit.With so many amazing handbag choices, it can be a daunting task to search for just the right one. Follow your instincts and let this season's bag help show your personality and unique style.