It has barely started to cool off around here (in fact, yesterday was the first day since April where I went outside and didn’t immediately want to stab Mother Nature right in the face), but fashion works on a six-months-early schedule and pre-orders for Resort and Spring 2011 accessories have begun to pop up as the last wave of fall’s new garments heads toward retail.

One of the first trends to become apparent is the importance of color in spring’s dressing, and chartreuse sits firmly among the most notable of those colors to show itself in the season’s handbags. Designers as varied and powerful as Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Prada saw fit so include chartreuse in some of their first 2011 offerings, so rest assured that this is no flash in the pan. Once is a fluke, twice is a coincidence, but three times is a trend.

I’ve had something of a love affair with chartreuse for about a year now, and my current bed linens are chartreuse and graphic white over black sheets. Having lived with the combination for quite a while, the upbeat nature of the color has only grown on me and I’d highly recommend finding a piece or two in one of the color’s widely varying shades to add to your wardrobe.

A handbag is a great way to work with colors that have strong yellow undertones because a bag won’t be near your face like a dress or sweater would, which means that the exact hue doesn’t need to compliment your skin tone. Also, the smaller scale and traditional shapes of these bags help town down the overall effect, which makes them perfect for color novices.

Burberry Pilgrim Leather Mini Bag, $995 via Saks.

Bottega Veneta Small Nappa Leather Shoulder Bag, $980 via Saks.

Prada Vitello Shine Satchel, $1395 via Saks.

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  • shueaddict

    Yuk !!! Looks like Mother Nature just got morning sickness. As a brunette I really really hope this trend meets a swift end. I tried Marc byM Jacobs shoes in this color a few years back and it was still too offensive.

    Blonde ladies, some of you may enjoy

  • Stacy

    Love the color. Can’t wear the color next to my face but using it in/on an accessory is perfect. The Bottega is a must have for me.

  • Mochababe73

    I guess that I should pull out my chartreuse Michael Kors handbag from two years ago.

  • laura

    Can’t stand this color and I am tired of green bags in general. It has never gone with my hair, it will never go with my hair. Go away chartreuse, and take all of your green cousins with you.

  • Jen

    I generally like the color, but again? Wasn’t this hot something like a mere 4 years ago and everyone was setting out bowls of green apples as decor? I wouldn’t mind a mossier, antique gold type of chartreuse, but this one is kind of hurting my eyes.

  • kemilia

    This is one of my favorite colors. Not to wear as an outfit but as a handbag or flower arrangement or pillows–yes. I tend to love the colors that kinda hurt the eyes.

  • Bagolicious

    I’m really glad the color is going to be one of the spring colors for 2011. I bought a gorgeous, chartreuse, Coccinelle handbag in Venice back in the spring of 2009, but still haven’t used it. I bought it in a size smaller than I usually carry at home. I travel with small handbags, but at home use larger ones.

    However, I will definitely take it out of its dust protector and include it in the handbag mix for Europe in spring 2011. I forgot about the handbag on this recent last trip. But, it will add a nice pop of color to the mix for this coming spring.

    I’ve always loved chartreuse and now will probably buy a larger chartreuse handbag that I can use more easily here at home.

  • Staci

    I really like chartreuse but none of the bags are calling me. I’ll take a BV any day! ;-)

  • Beth S.

    Okay, I happen to love green in many of its variations, especially the limes, but I also very much dislike yellow and these greens are looking very, very yellow-y (at least on my computer screen.) However, I recently snagged a beautiful 2010 Balenciaga SGH City in Light Olive, and I’m thinking while it might be too light/bright for wintertime here in the Northeast, if these are the colors that are showing for Spring 2011, then I will be just fine!

  • Barb

    SO not for me! Don’t like the color or the bags!

  • JenG

    I like them all, but I like the Prada Vitello Shine Satchel best.

  • Lianne

    Ooh, lovely. Definitely would carry the Burberry or the Botega Venetta in a heartbeat if I had the money to spend right now.

  • ping

    I love this color, but not crazy about any of these bags. Like any other color, it’s how one carries them off that matters. I also love Olive, but it’s not one of the palettes that suits my skin tone. Like anything else, a bag color is personal. I have a messenger bag from Hermes that is similar to this color and I use it often. A good bag is timeless.

  • Anne

    For some reason I think this color is better for home decor, but I wouldn’t mind it in a smaller handbag. I am excited about the orange trend for spring. I never do much color with my clothes but it is always fun for accessories!

  • restless57

    In light of the economic downturn, I’ll use my MJ multi pocket in Cucumber from many years ago. (close match to chartreuse, – honestly? you can’t tell the difference)

  • gatsby

    The color is bright and happy but I would not spend handbag dollars on such a trend. Maybe a cashmere cardigan but not a handbag.

  • Stylista

    Mmmm….I’m not really liking the colour. It’s not fresh, soft, glamourous, or any other sensation that a good colour can evoke. It’s just bland. Although the Bottega Veneta is ok.

  • Michael

    Stylista, you’re an idiot. Chartreuse *is* a fresh color.

  • Jelita78

    we’re calling this “chartreuse” ?
    it’s hard enough for me to educate hubby about mauve and taupe.. wait till he hears this! let me get the aspirin ready.. bwahahhaha (ipad)

  • Julia

    i like the prada, but i don’t know if i could pull of the chartreuse. (ipad)

  • helen

    Ha Chartreuse. I’m uncertain about this color. I think it might look better in real life. So I hesitate to say much about it. I like the looks of the second bag. (ipad)