Ok, so remember how I said earlier this morning (and practically every day before this since god knows when) that brights are the thing that everyone’s thinking about? Well, people are also thinking about pastels. That’s right, Spring 2012 is so manic that it can’t just have one color trend, it has to have ALL THE COLOR TRENDS. Since brights have been en vogue for several seasons, though, it’s nice to get a small respite from the furious din of neon. As long as the respite is as awesome as the 3.1 Phillip Lim Lark Small Duffel, that is.

I’m not a girly girl by any stretch of the imagination and pastels have never been my thing; I tend to err on the side of black with bright accents. The pastels going down the spring runway didn’t exactly thrill me for selfish shopping reasons even if a little restraint can be lovely sometimes, but I’ve softened to the idea in the past few months. When accessories are involved, trying new color trends can be very easy – you don’t have to worry about making sure a shade is flattering to your skin tone or wondering if you won’t feel like yourself when covered in lavender silk. (I would not, I know that already.)

With something like this genius little Phillip Lim bag, though, the risk of trying something new is relatively slim. Soft butter yellow can be worked into even the darkest of spring wardrobes, and because this color still has a bit of intensity to it, the chances that you’ll feel like you’re carrying around a big leather Easter egg are low. Lim’s signature minimal construction and modern design keep the bag from edging into preciousness. I told you that Lim’s spring bags were among the best collections in all of fashion! Buy through Neiman Marcus for $875.

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