When it became clear that ivory and pastels were going to be one of the biggest trends of 2012, I felt a bit disheartened at first. Very light colors can be a bit challenging to most skin tones, much more so than brights or jewel tones. Since we’re all basically self-interested people, I feel as though I should admit that they look particularly bad on me, which makes it especially hard to embrace even a subtle and ladylike trend like the largely cool-toned (it makes them less retro!) pastels of the Spring 2012 runways.

That’s the beauty of handbags, though. If you want to embrace a color trend without having to wear it next to your face for an entire day, accessories are the perfect way to do it; when a piece is viewed mostly against the colors of the rest of your outfit, whether or not it looks good on your particular skin tone becomes something of a non-issue. After the jump, we have six of our pastel picks so that you can start wearing the trend before spring’s bags even hit stores.

Miu Miu Vitello Bow Bag, priced at $1495 via Net-a-Porter

MaxMara Bobbio Croc Print Leather Bag, priced at $336 via Matches

Reed Krakoff Standard Mini Shoulder Bag, priced at $525 via Net-a-Porter

J.Crew Edie Bag, priced at $238 via J.Crew

Nina Ricci Liane Tweed Evening Bag, priced at $1950 via Neiman Marcus

Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster Clutch, priced at $1944 via Matches

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