When Spring 2012’s shows were done and it had become clear that pastels were one of the biggest trends in accessories that the season had to offer, I was somewhat disappointed. Pastels just didn’t feel as exciting or vibrant as spring trends usually are, and back then, I made a mental note not to buy in when it came time to make my purchases for the season. And then I saw the Alexander Wang Donna and Brenda Bags in mint leather, and my mind changed entirely. Who would have guessed that prince of darkness Alexander Wang would bring me over to the light side?

The leather may be light, sure, but something about how these bags are dyed makes the color seem bold and vital instead of cloyingly and overly feminine. This is a pastel that even a lifelong lover of black could learn to love, and when you combine the perfect color with the spring-like weather we’re having in New York all week (plus the extra daylight in the evenings!), all I want to do is deck myself in light colors and pretend that it’s warm enough to eat dinner on the stoop of my building. (It’s not, but it will be soon.) Because of the light shade, I’d feel a bit guilty sitting either of these bags down next to me, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

Alexander Wang Brenda Bag, $725 via Net-a-Porter

Alexander Wang Donna Hobo, $795 via Net-a-Porter

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