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The calendar might read February, but in the fashion industry, spring has sprung. Take a peek in the New Arrivals section of your favorite retailer and you’ll likely see scores of Spring 2016 pre-orders; if you tend to like seasonal embellishments and variations instead of basic black, it’s time to start making some decisions about what your wardrobe will look like in the coming months.

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Before I moved to New York, I didn’t really think of bags as seasonal. Sure, colors might get a little darker when it’s not blazing hot outside, but I had lived circa Atlanta all my life–the practical implications of a real winter were never something I had encountered.

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As 2015 draws to a close, like most people, we start to feel a little contemplative about the year that was. It’s been a big year in accessories, with new creative directors hitting their strides at some of the world’s biggest accessory brands and newcomers cementing their spots in the market.

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We’re racing toward the holidays, and after they pass, the fashion you see on the streets tends to get a little…dark. Black coats, grey sweaters and dark-wash jeans are all solid cold-weather workhorses, but there’s no rule that a practical wardrobe staple has to look boring.

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I hope you’re done with burgundy, because according to Pantone, we’re all going to be moving away from Marsala, 2015’s big color trend, and on to something a little bit softer: Rose Quartz and Serenity. The soft shades of pink and blue are Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year.

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When I think of trends in fashion or accessories, I always visualize them as a swinging pendulum. As soon as something reaches the nadir of cool, it immediately starts its journey back to the other end of the spectrum; some things take longer than others to complete that swing, but in a market that feeds on aesthetic nostalgia, anything that was very cool at one time will almost certainly regain the title eventually, in some form.

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The rich textures that make up a cold-weather wardrobe are undeniably more luxurious than the thin textiles and woven straws of the summer months, but anything that luxe comes with a price. Because we believe in looking for good values even when shopping high-end things, we’re big fans of shearling, and this winter’s crop of bags is full of it.

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Even if you’re not a fan of chilly mornings or pumpkin-flavored things, you have to admit fall’s cozy wardrobe is a welcome change after months in cotton and linen. And we’re not just talking about sweaters and coats; fall bags are a wonderful opportunity to add rich textures to your look, and Amazon Fashion has a wide range of beautiful options, including bags in calf hair, velvet, suede and quilted leather.

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If you’ve made your way to PurseBlog on this day or any other, it’s safe to say that you have champagne tastes, no matter whether you have the budget to match. We know what it’s like not to be able to buy everything you want (we spend all day looking at designer handbags, remember), so today we have some bags that may help.

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Even though not every runway trend makes it to real life (thank goodness), we noticed one from the recently completed Spring 2016 shows that’s as close to a sure thing as it gets: tailored flap shoulder bags of all kinds.

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