Here's a look at some of the most fab bags this spring.
ann taylor leather strap clutch
A personal pick of Ann Taylor spokesperson Kate Hudson, this updated twist on a classic clutch is one of our most-coveted bags this season. The clean, understated look with a tucked belt strap is so super-chic and totally in synch with the head-to-toe neutrals we’ve been seeing everywhere.
Get it now: Ann Taylor leather strap clutch (8”h x 11”w), $119.99 at anntaylor.com
madewell crossbody bag
A new neutral, blush pink is one of spring’s prettiest go-to hues. We love how this crossbody applies the feminine shade to the utilitarian styling of a classic, worn-in mailbag silhouette. You’ll almost forget that you haven’t owned it forever.
Get it now: Madewell ‘Mini Mailbag’, $118 at madewell.com
kipling print duffle bag
Up your fashion game with a structured duffle, another key handbag shape right now. Abstract art prints are another look we’ve been noticing, and this adorable bag combines two trends in one. Offset the relaxed sporty vibe by pairing it with ladylike styles.
Get it now: Kipling ‘Itksa’ duffle bag, $109 at kipling-usa.com
gigi new york clutch
We just can’t inject enough orange into our wardrobes (must be the sunny disposition we’ve been having lately), especially with the fashion-meets-function argument this multi-use bag makes. It hits on two key shapes in one. Unfold it, add the long shoulder strap and it’s a practical crossbody tote; then clip off the strap, fold it over and voilà... a chic clutch.
Get it now: Gigi New York crossbody clutch, $155 at graphicimage.com
target xhilaration woven bag
Bags with laid-back, woven textures look updated in newly refined silhouettes like this one. Amped up with cheery orange patent trim, this stylish crossbody bag fits in equally well at work as on the weekend.
Get it now: Target Xhilaration orange flap crossbody bag, $15 at target.com
kate spade faux grass bag
Here’s a lawn party to go! This timeless tote has been reinvented with its very own patch of summer-green grass. It’s teaming with texture and appropriately lined with a trellis-print fabric. Now all you need is a little spot of sunshine.
Get it now: Kate Spade ‘Hold Court Quinn’ bag, $298 at katespade.com
tommy hilfiger bermuda bag
Nothing says country club cool like a wood-framed canvas Bermuda bag. It’s so quintessentially timeless and traditional, with a nostalgic retro vibe that feels so right now. The bold fun of a sharp geometric print loosens up any formality.
Get it now: Tommy Hilfiger ‘Bermuda’ bag, $88 at tommy.com
topshop clasp purse
Put up your “gone fishing” sign, grab this whimsical little clutch, and you’re off to have some summer fun. The graphic shark-and-palm-tree print is so playful that it’s simply irresistible. Ocean-inspired patterns are something we’ve been seeing a lot of this season, and we’re ready to dive into the trend.
Get it now: Topshop clasp purse, $16 at topshop.com
ann taylor wristlet
Punchy primary colors can brighten up everything in your closet. Trust us, this little leather wristlet can have a whole lot of impact on neutrals and ho-hum outfits. It captures all the exuberance of summer with a pop of neon.
Get it now: Ann Taylor neon leather wristlet, $58 anntaylor.com
leifsdottir shoulder bag
Refresh your warm-weather accessory wardrobe with a ladylike white bag that goes with everything. By the way, a chic new way to wear the shoulder bag is in the palm of your hand, clutched against the body or under the arm. This style’s absolutely perfect to get that look, as you can wrap the necklace-like chain-link strap around your wrist like a bonus bracelet.
Get it now: Leifsdottir ‘Malmo’ shoulder bag, $298 at anthropologie.com
kage for sole society ikat tote
We’ve always had a secret love affair with vibrant ikat prints (they inspire our inner wanderlust), so how happy were we to spot this cheerful, multi-functional carryall in our favorite global pattern? The fresh color combo feels like a sunny day by the pool. P.S. This design is an exclusive by New York accessories label Kage for Sole Society and offered at a specially discounted price.
Get it now: Kage for Sole Society ikat tote, $60 at solesociety.com
topshop snake-print bag
A structured bag is a fast way to keep any look from getting too casual. Pair it with everything from shorts to your most dressed-up styles. The classic shape, uptown snakeskin texture, and easygoing crossbody strap make it the perfect high-low hybrid style to work wonders on almost anything in the closet.
Get it now: Topshop green faux snake twist-lock bag, $50 at topshop.com
guess shoulder bag
Beautifully understated, the classic saddlebag has a laidback ‘70s vibe that we love. This silhouette is back with a vengeance and here it’s refreshed in pale pistachio green and creamy gray, with the bonus of feminine floral lining.
Get it now: Guess ‘Alfie’ flap bag, $108 at guess.com
linea pelle clutch
The of-the-moment streamlined, oversized clutch gets an edge with brass zipper trim. In exquisitely soft, enzyme-washed Italian leather, it’s worth holding on to. You can also choose from black with a purple flap or emerald green with tan. Any which way, it’s almost impossible to leave home without it.
Get it now: Linea Pelle ‘Dylan Pochette’ clutch, $195 at lpcollection.com
kimchi blue lace-trim backpack
Lightweight, fashion-forward backpacks are having a moment, as part of the sporty-chic style movement. One key piece is all you need to join the team, and this knapsack could be it. We like to think of it as modern romance, like the coziest sweatshirt we’ve ever owned dressed up with pretty lace trim. Dress it up with a flouncy skirt or pair it with jeans. We love how it balances the load in back, while keeping hands free.
Get it now: Kimchi Blue lace and jersey backpack, $49 at urbanoutfitters.com
mango drawstring bag
A slouchy, low-slung suede drawstring bag with a single strap has laid-back bohemian allure, à la Ali McGraw, that’s just right for spring and summer weekends. Tassels add texture to an otherwise unfussy style, and the earthy color is so rich.
Get it now: Mango suede hobo bag, $129.99 at mango.com
madewell striped mailbag
Utterly practical, yet entirely posh, the classic mailbag gets a makeover in colorful stripes, with luxe leather handles and a detachable canvas shoulder strap. It could swing city or country: Wear it with everything from tailored suiting to a relaxed floral dress. The large size makes it super-functional, so you’ll end up toting it a lot. It makes a great summer travel carry-on, too.
Get it now: Madewell striped ‘Caravan’ mailbag, $82 at madewell.com
iman colorblock tote
Opposites attract on the new colorblock bags that are right in line this season. Leave it to sophisticated supermodel Iman to design a perfectly refined leather hold-all, in a rich cognac and red blend, that keeps you always looking completely pulled together.
Get it now: Iman Platinum Collection colorblock tote, $169.95 at hsn.com
juicy couture tote
Who says that an everyday tote has to be neutral? Leave that to your coat. There’s no missing this pick-me-up leather tote in our favorite hot fuchsia and tomato-red mix. Large enough to fit a laptop, makeup bag, and your entire stash, it comes in three other fun colorways, too.
Get it now: Juicy Couture ‘Mimi’ leather tote, $265 at juicycouture.com
bcbg red studded clutch
This red-hot suede clutch sizzles in the sunshine or after dark. Studded trim adds instant edge to anything you pair it with: We suggest the contrast of pretty pink or any of spring’s new neutrals.
Get it now: BCBG ‘Crystie’ studded clutch, $108 at bcbg.com
kate spade ship clutch
Say “bon voyage” to that boring black bag: You’ll be in ship shape with this frame clutch, shaped like a vintage cruiser. Sure to be a conversation starter, the playful patent bag is trimmed with enamel “steam stacks” and 14-karat gold plated hardware.
Get it now: Kate Spade ‘All Aboard’ clutch, $250 at katespade.com
loquita chain-print tote
We’re not going for the Newport nautical look here. This is one completely cool new take on maritime style. The cotton carry-all (a generous 18” x 18”) makes a sleek statement in a bold chain print with leather trim and the surprise punch of fluorescent piping. Both edgy and elegant, this one’s, um, in the bag.
Get it now: Loquita “East West” chain-print tote, $195 at isaay.com
topshop snake-trim satchel
This completely utilitarian take on the classic top-handle satchel relaxes with an easy shape in a fun, sunny shade of coral. A touch of exotic faux-snake trim on the flap kicks things up a notch, as if to prove that basic never has to be boring.
Get it now: Topshop satchel with faux snake trim, $64 at topshop.com
jeffrey campbell fringed bag
In a vivacious color combo, with decorative whip-stitching and a sweep of fringe, this free-spirited suede bag conjures up all the globe-trotting fun of discovering far-flung destinations. Its bohemian vibe says you’re always ready for adventure.
Get it now: Jeffrey Campbell fringed crossbody bag, $149 at urbanoutfitters.com
sos fabric envelope clutch
The season’s new super-sized clutches are roomy enough to manage all your daily essentials, yet the clean envelope shape of this bag still looks chic enough for evening. This one’s in full bloom, and the black background and tailored leather trim keep it from feeling too precious.
Get it now: ASOS leather-trim fabric envelope clutch, $64.46 at asos.com
call it spring bobbitt bag
A structured top-handle bag is always a ladylike classic. While it may be proper, it’s more powerful than prim in bold black and white, finished with an elegant tassel. Use the adjustable shoulder strap to keep hands free, as anyone carrying this is obviously multi-tasking.
Get it now: Call It Spring ‘Bobbitt’ handbag with tassel trim, $40 at jcpenney.co
inge christopher minaudiere
Talk about tempting. We’re in Garden-of-Eden-inspired paradise with this luxe little bag in the palm of our hands. In exotic, snake-patterned leather with a pair of Swarovski crystal-eyed serpents coiled up on top and sleek satin lining, it’s hard to resist. A slinky gold shoulder chain makes it ever-versatile. We love it with jeans, a tee and biker boots.
Get it now: Inge Christopher ‘Marguerite’ minaudiere, $210 at ingechristopher.com
mango saddle bag
We’ve got a blue crush. Oceanic tones of azure and upscale crocodile texture refresh the classic saddle bag. The strap handily adjusts, so you can wear it a myriad of different ways: clutched in the hand, over the shoulder, or across the body.
Get it now: Mango ‘Messenger’ handbag, $34.99 at mango.com
whiting & davis mesh clutch
Yet another must-have clutch, the classic wood frame bag is ingeniously reinvented in mesh, a Whiting & Davis signature. The tranquil, sea-blue shade of turquoise shimmers glamorously, grounded by down-to-earth wood trim so it’s ultimately wearable anytime, anywhere.
Get it now: Whiting & Davis ‘Heidi’ mesh clutch, $170 at whitinganddavisbags.com
kage for sole society clutch
Embellished clutches are another must, and we couldn’t keep our hands off this unique leather-trimmed ikat bag with a standout beaded peacock feather. Hand-embellished in India, it’s another exclusive style for a steal by New York designer Kristin Gish’s label Kage for Sole Society. The eclectic mix of pattern and texture make it an ultimately unique extra.
Get it now: Kage for Sole Society beaded ‘Peacock’ clutch, $89 at solesociety.com
tory burch raffia tote
Like a tiki hut on your arm, this tote lets you take that summer vacation feeling with you wherever you go. A style statement with layers of texture-rich raffia, a braided handle, and printed silk lining, it’s also completely practical for stashing everything under the sun. We also love that it’s handcrafted by artisans in Madagascar.
Get it now: Tory Burch raffia tote, $275 at toryburch.com
bcbg textured tote
The new neutrals are all about an interesting combination of textures and tones, so add this lacy, laser-cut tote into the mix. Its intricate cut-out pattern elevates everything from khakis and a tee to a swimsuit and flip-flops. (Yes, it’s wonderfully waterproof.)
Get it now: BCBG ‘Hayden’ laser-cut tote, $198 at bcbg.com
mara carrizo scalise bag
Red alert! An everyday handbag packs a punch in crimson red. Why not? This one is completely handmade of luxuriously smooth, texture-rich Italian lamb leather, with cool decorative side lacing and rich gold hardware details. Choose from nine standout colors.
Get it now: Mara Carrizo Scalise ‘Aria’ bag, $320 at maracarrizoscalise.com
target bird-print wristlet
We love the crazy-cute bird pattern (our feathered friends are making a fashion impression lately) combined with the latest wristlet style. One of spring’s most-wanted bag shapes, the wristlet pouch is perfect for running around on weekends or evenings. Plus, this one’s so inexpensive you can tell yourself that you almost can’t afford not to get it.
Get it now: Target ‘Natural Bird’ wristlet, $9.99 at target.com
talbots oversize tote
This is that can’t-live-without-it tote that hauls your entire life around all summer long. It has room enough for beach towels, a cover-up, your waterproof radio, and all your essential pool accessories. In cool cotton canvas with a geometric print that has big-time personality, it’s also just uplifting to have by your side.
Get it now: Talbots diamond-print beach bag, $58 at talbots.com
tory burch handbag key fob
Just in case you need one more tote to carry with you absolutely everywhere, as a permanent reminder of your handbag compulsion, here’s the thing. How cute is this itty-bitty luxe leather carry-nothing? While it doesn’t hold all that much (believe it or not, it actually does open up and even boasts hot pink lining), it someone just makes us feel safe. Wait, is that weird?
Get it now: Tory Burch ‘Robinson Small Tote’ key fob, $55 at toryburch.com
This bag’s one part sweet and one part practical. The tried-and-true satchel shape, as functional as a briefcase, looks new in a wash of the season’s creamy sorbet pastels. The soft color-block mix is like a candy-land confection.
Get it now: ASOS color-block ‘Smart Bag,’ $81 at asos.com
lancaster paris metallic mini satchel
From nail polish to handbags, flashes of shimmer are one of our favorite looks right now. This traditional top-handle satchel in luxurious lamb leather gets a Studio 54 makeover in seven vibrant metallic shades. A super-long strap lets it double as a cross-body bag while you dance.
Get it now: Lancaster Paris ‘Disco’ satchel, $198 at lancaster-paris.com
top shop tropical-print bag
Spring’s bags are blooming with exotic floral bouquets -- sure to get you in the mood for an island getaway. A lush tropical print, paired with sophisticated black leather trim, looks easygoing yet tailored enough for city streets.
Get it now: Topshop tropical-print ‘Holdall Bag’, $64 at topshop.com
inge christopher flower clutch
Talk about flower power. Blooming in vivid shades of orange (the color of the 2012) , this boldly romantic clutch is one of spring’s brightest ideas. Crafted of naturally beautiful raw silk, it lends a dreamy garden-party air to whatever you pair with it.
Get it now: Inge Christopher ‘Santa Monica’ flower clutch, $150 at ingechristopher.com
the bare collection bag
A lot of the talk right now is not just about spring handbags, but about all the new ways of wearing them. Bracelet bags are part of the rage, with straps that you wrap around your wrists to double as jewelry. This little pouch bag in buttery Italian nappa leather is meant to be a modern take on the diminutive Victorian drawstring purse; it also comes in pewter or bronze metallic, tan and tomato red.
Get it now: The Bare Collection ‘Slouch Pouch’ bracelet bag, $168 at barecollection.com
c. wonder oversize clutch
A bright striped band adds sporty appeal to the season’s go-to: An XL-sized clutch. Let this canvas maxi bag be the focal point of your look by pairing it with minimalist silhouettes. A win-win extra, it looks equally fabulous with jeans or a dress.
Get it now: C. Wonder ‘Collegiate Stripe’ oversized clutch, $58 at cwonder.com
thursday friday neoprene bag
Like a wetsuit morphed into a handbag, this chic sportif bag in splashy orange neoprene makes some serious fashion waves. The scuba-inspired design, with sporty lines and a color shout-out, coyly transforms a classic handbag shape into standout style.
Get it now: Thursday Friday ‘Dive’ bag, $65 at thufri.com
eesigns by dee ocleppo clutch
Dee Ocleppo (a.k.a. Mrs. Tommy Hilfiger) launched her affordable new handbag line just days ago, and we’re officially obsessed. Inspired by the Bermuda bag, every style in the collection has a wooden frame with interchangeable button-on covers and adorable striped lining, so it’s like getting three handbags for the price of one. How smart is that? A removable cross-body strap and clip-off leather tassel are included.
Get it now: Deesigns by Dee Ocieppo ‘3-in-1 Plaza Clutch’, $99.90 at hsn.com
cc skye suede wrap clutch
Yes, we’re crazy about all the new clutches, but this one hits the top of our list. In a perfectly slouchy, glam-rock shape, it’s both laid-back and luxurious. This is one handbag that you can seriously carry anywhere, day and night, season after season... and you will! No surprise that Los Angeles designer CC Skye has such a devoted Hollywood star following.
Get it now: CC Skye ‘Luxe Riviera’ suede wrap clutch, $350 at ccskye.com
ivana helsinki clutch bags
We hear that the new twinset is a pair of matching or coordinating bags worn together (one inside the other!) and these kiss-lock clutches are a prime example. Known for their standout prints and quality handmade craftsmanship, Finnish brand Ivana Helsinki just opened its first U.S. store in New York City’s trendy Nolita neighborhood.
Get it now: Ivana Helsinki clutch bags, $40 (small) and $80 (large) at beklina.com
pilcro tennis racket tote
Stop making such a racket. This sporty tote will keep your tennis equipment in place, whether you actually play or simply aspire to look like a Wimbledon star. Regardless, you’ll hit on the athletic-inspired looks that are front and center this season. While it looks like denim, the fabric is actually summery raffia: a pleasant textural surprise. Game on.
Get it now: Pilcro ‘Augusta’ tennis racket tote, $168 at anthropologie.com
sam edelman canvas tote
The shopper’s a daily essential, and we can always use a new one, so we’re loving this snakeskin-print canvas carryall that picks up on the wild style that’s so right now. With expandable zippered gussets to accommodate the ever-growing contents of our tote, it has an uplifting surprise inside: sunny yellow lining.
Get it now: Sam Edelman ‘Genevieve’ python-print tote, $98 at bloomingdales.com
j.crew envelope clutch
It’s all about pushing the envelope this season with a sleek clutch that moves easily from day to night. With crisp, black-and-white stripes in preppy grosgrain ribbon, this mini envelope bag makes a major statement. Bonus: There’s a gold chain-link shoulder strap tucked inside that you can wrap coyly around your wrist .
Get it now: J.Crew ‘Invitation’ envelope clutch, $98 at jcrew.com
cooperative neon-trim tote
Basic and bold go hand in hand on this canvas tote with a jolt of neon yellow trim. A seamless blend of sporty and polished, it puts an eye-catching spin on the athletic-inspired style trend. A removable cross-body strap lets you wear it a multitude of different ways.
Get it now: Cooperative ‘Mixed Media’ tote, $49 at urbanoutfitters.com