Mini bags have been making waves in the handbag world for a while now, and I hope you love the trend, because it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. After the short-lived trend for massive, overly heavy, totally unwieldy oversized bags, the trend pendulum swung toward minis, and all of our arms and shoulders rejoiced.

I love everything about mini bags, from the compact size, to the long shoulder strap, to the fact that my favorite designers have all designed pint-sized version of my favorite bags. With summer here, a mini bag is even more important as you spend more time out on long summer days.

I rounded up the 18 Best Mini Bags of Summer 2014 in the best shades to add the perfect bag to your wardrobe. Good luck not wanting them all!

Two’s a coincidence, three’s a trend. It’s not just a saying – it tends to be true, especially when the “three” in question is a trio of handbags from major luxury designers that all share the same sort of peculiar detailing. In this case, it’s snakeskin handles against a bag that’s largely made of regular leather, and Dior, Balenciaga and Givenchy have all bought in. (more…)

Whether you’re a Coachella die-hard or a casual concertgoer, one thing we can all agree on is that there’s nothing worse than having to fuss around with your bag when all you want to do is dance. While crossbody bags and backpacks leave your hands free for taking pictures and enjoying an ice cold beer, they can sometimes get in the way of your ridiculously good dance moves. Hence, I’ve turned to the belt bag. (more…)

For those of you who wanted one, it’s probably time to come to terms with the fact that you’re not going to get a Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag for spring. (Add it to your wishlist at Net-a-Porter, though – a friend who did so fairly recently saw it show up in her shopping bag last week.) That’s a bummer, but the good news is that Mansur Gavriel was on the front end of a trend that has since become huge – bucket bags are spring’s biggest handbag shape trend, and the brands entering into the fray include everyone from Opening Ceremony to Hermes. (more…)

Spring has barely taken hold, but our favorite online haunts are already fully stocked with warm-weather goodies. Every year at about this time, we start planning our beach wardrobes, with include the typical items: swim suit, sunglasses, cover-up and the perfect summery bag. Straw bags gain popularity every summer, and it seems straw has taken center stage for this season’s batch of bags.

When most people think of woven bags, an oversized vacation tote comes to mind, but the material goes far beyond that. From the cutest straw clutch (Marc Jacobs, I’m talking to you!) to an elegant straw tote, we rounded up the best straw bags of the season below.

While Mother Nature keeps playing with our start to spring, the calendars alerted us that spring arrived a week ago, and with it came a new crop of handbags. One of the biggest trends for spring is fringe, which graced some of our favorite spring runways, and thankfully, those bags are finally hitting stores. Fringe on handbags tends to look very boho, but this season, the trend offers a variety of fringe, from extreme luxury to the perfect festival bag.

With the trend in mind, I scoured the web to find the best fringe bags for Spring 2014. Gucci and Valentino took to the trend with many of their accessories, so you will see quite a few options from these two brands. Overall, though, the bags range in price from $38 to $2,995, which means there is a bag for every occasion and budget. (more…)

Don’t say we didn’t warn you, but over the next month or two, something confusing is going to happen: your favorite brand is going to try to sell you a backpack. Even if you’re not a student. Even, in some cases, if you haven’t been a student in several decades and you thought the designers you prefer knew you wouldn’t ever need one again. Whether or not you’re receptive to their pitch is up to you, but it’s coming. If you’re a contemporary customer, it’s already here.

When we’ve written about backpacks in the past, readers have seemed split in the idea, at best. Now that the trend has reached critical mass, with backpacks (or the euphemistically termed “sling bags”) appearing in Spring 2014 accessories lineups at virtually every level of the price spectrum, we want to hear if your opinions have changed or softened at all. Before you answer, take a look at the nearly two dozen backpacks below; some are brand new designs from brands who have gone all-in on the trend, others are familiar bags with double straps added by designers who seem to be hedging to see if backpacks are nothing more than a passing fad. (I’m betting on “fad.”)

Yesterday was a truly dreary and bitter day in New York City (as they all have been lately, except for Super Bowl Sunday, because Pepsi paid for it to be warm, or something), but because fashion lives in an alternate universe, I was met by nothing but bright, eye-searing neon yellow when I opened up my browser to begin compiling post topics for the week. If you thought that, after season upon season of fluorescents, we might be on to something else by now, I have some bad news for you. (more…)

If you’re not a person who keeps a tidy handbag, skip this post entirely – you don’t want the world to see the various and sundry receipts, loose change and tampons you have floating around down there. (I know what’s in there because I am guilty as well.) For the rest of you with better cleaning habits than us, clear handbags are back again for one more season of see-through fun.

We had almost put the nail in the coffin of this trend, but then PVC got super trendy for shoes and everyone from Chanel to Tory Burch has gone clear for one more season. Thankfully, the PVC panels help prices take a bit of a nosedive, but whether that’s a fair tradeoff for showing your stuff to the world is up to you.

We briefly touched on the trend of miniaturizing successful bag designs last spring, but now that we’re in the back half of January and it seems like warm weather may one day come again at some indeterminate point in the future, it seems like the number of designers who have decided to make everything tiny has expanded exponentially. In fashion, unlike literally every other facet of human life, the warmth of spring doesn’t make things grow – it makes bags get smaller. Below, you’ll find over a dozen mini designer handbags to lighten your load, now and in the future. (more…)

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