Thank you to the Anonymous question from a reader... she asks "Any tips on bags/purses for Spring?!"
GREAT QUESTION!!Handbags, purses and clutches are accessories that can be used to appropriately enhance your wardrobe. For example, a zebra print handbag looks best against a toned down outfit and may clash with other animal prints or colors you're wearing. Similarly, an elegant satin clutch doesn't pair well with a hobo-chic ensemble donned while errand-running.
With the following trendy bags for 2012, any woman will have a bag that will fit her requirements...
Color Blocked Satchels
A satchel is a handbag that's carried on the shoulder. It typically has a flap, sometimes secured with a clasp, other times with a buckle. The satchel silhouette is pretty classic in terms of purses and handbags, which makes a color blocked satchel new and interesting. It's the juxtaposition of archetypal form with flashy, unexpected color combinations that makes this handbag trend a must-follow for spring 2012.
Western Cross Body Bags
Last year's Western trend continues thriving in the fashion world. Throughout spring 2012, you'll continue to find a plethora of cowboy-chic apparel and accessories, including always smart cross body bag. From leather bags with funky inlay designs to colorful, intricate beading to the stud-adorned variety, you shouldn't have a problem finding something that fits seamlessly into your current wardrobe. FYI: Cross Body bags get their name because of their long straps, which cross over the chest and allow the bag to hang around your waist or hips.
The feminine among us shall now rejoice, for pastels and lace are a mega "do" for spring 2012. The more ice cream and Easter-inspired the hue, the better. Think sherbet orange, minty green, cool gray, bubblegum pink and soft, butter yellows. Don't be afraid to layer the pastels, either. Designers didn't shy away from pairing and overlapping pastels with other pastels on the spring 2012 runway.
Some seasons, prints just don't seem to pair well with on-trend apparel. The clean palette of spring 2012, on the other hand, lends itself very well to big, boisterous, look-at-me-prints adorning handbags, clutches, wristlets and coin purses. For example, the Dolce & Gabban's spring 2012 collection showcased bags with unexpected prints, including bags with onions and other foods. Fendi's spring 2012 collection also showcased modern, abstract prints that popped against clean ensembles. From floral to polka dot to abstract and beyond, printed bags will spice up any outfit.
The hottest trend for handbags is a flood of colors; bold, bright colors. The color trend broadens to include not only solid colors but a combination of bold colors in one handbag. Colors and animal prints are also seen in sync in some fantastic combinations.
Another hot handbag trend for 2012 are vintage handbags or handbags inspired by handbags popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s. This includes shoulder bags, clutch bags and top handle satchels, three of the most foremost handbags of those decades. But one thing noticeable about the shoulder bags for 2011 is the length of the straps. If in years past, shoulder bags were designed to fit right under the armpit, the 2012 shoulder bag has longer straps. In fact the straps are long enough to reach the hip and can even be used to cross the body.
A big handbag trend for 2012 is the hobo bag. A hobo bag is typically large and crescent shaped with a long strap designed to be worn over the shoulder. Hobo bags for 2012 come in a wide array of colors and patterns with plenty of decorative features such as buckles, outside and inside pockets and even matching wallets. They are also made out of a wide range of materials, from the very elegant leather and suede to the more casual vinyl. Hobo handbags are the ideal handbags for women who are always on the go and needs a roomy bag for all the items she needs for her busy life.