The minty fresh Alexander Wang bags from last week got me thinking – if Alexander Wang can make a pastel bag, and if I can find something to love about its utter lightness, then there has to be a pastel bag out there for everyone. Many of you weren’t as enthusiastic about the Wang bags as Megs and I were, but that’s ok; if I can come around to the idea of pastels, so can anyone. If you want to, that is. If not, I won’t blame you for sticking with brights or black or whatever your signature look might be.

For those of you whose interest might have been piqued by the idea of paleness for spring and summer, though, we’re way ahead of you. After the jump, you’ll find our favorite pastel bags at a variety of price points and in a variety of shades, all the way from colors that somehow find a balance between pastel and neon to those that are so light, they’re barely perceptible. Check ’em out and let us know your favorite in the comments.

The 3.1 Phillip Lim Lark Satchel is my favorite pastel bag of the season. Not only is the color a beautiful, not-too-light buttery yellow, but the modern shape keeps the bag from looking too twee. The perfect option for a girl who wants to try the trend without forsaking her normally non-pastel style. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $875.

Balenciaga is known for producing its bags in season rainbows, and this Balenciaga Classic Velo in a light greyish-purple is perfect for the transition to spring. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1545.

By now, the Mulberry Alexa is a contemporary classic. If you want your pastel purchase to have longevity beyond the trend, a neutral nude tone is the perfect choice. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1250.

If you want an inexpensive, versatile entré to pastels, try the blush pink Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Percy Bag. Not only is it priced just south of $200, but the crossbody strap detaches, leaving you with a casual clutch or pouch. Buy through ShopBop for $198.

Pastels are such a soft, ladylike trend that we had to pick at least one crazy bag to spice things up. The Versace Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag definitely fits the requirements. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1695.

This Reed Krakoff Boxer Tote might not be strictly a pastel, but it looks a bit softer in non-photographic lighting. Either way, both the color and bag are great. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1090.

The color of this Jil Sander Market Tote is so perfectly, icily pale I think I cooled off a few degrees just by looking at it. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1350.

Is it blue? Is it purple? I’m not entirely sure, but the Chloe Marnie Mini Shoulder Bag sure is cute. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $665.

The Diane von Furstenberg Adele Embossed Clutch lets you kill two birds with one stone – colorblocking AND pastels. Buy through ShopBop for $395.

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  • KC

    Hard to choose, but I love the shade of the Balenciaga!

  • I love the quilted Versace!!!


  • suz

    These are nice bags and nice pastels…..a bit toned down…..classier and less Barbie-doll bright….

  • I would love me some Balenciaga

  • RR

    I love the Lim lark zip

  • Marie

    Very pretty bags, but I’m in love with the Chloe :) 

  • Rashida

    Not a fan of pastels…

  • Karin bag4bag

    The soft pastel colors look soft and calm and they have a certain dignity in their softness (well maybe not the  Reed Krakoff Boxer Tote but I love its construction).  I don’t know if the Balenciaga is winning me over with its color or just my love of its design ? Whereas I love the color of the ice blue Jill Sander Market tote but the design leaves me cold… 

    The Diane von Furstenberg Adele clutch is gorgeous.

  • Faithwokie

    Love the color of Chloe Marnie Mini Shoulder Bag> yes not sure whether its Purple or Blue thats probably why its so lovely.

  • Can’t believe it, a Versace I actually kinda like!

  • Bir

    Call me crazy but I kind of like the Versace !!!

  • Michelle

    I own the Balenciaga in that Glycine color and it is gorgeous!

  • Paradise

    I purchased the Versace bag and look forward to seeing it in person!

  • mireya

    Love the nice Spring pastel colors.

  • 19yearslater

    Love the lilacs and yellows. Those are pastel shades I can get behind. 

  • NotHappy

    Don’t like pastel bags but I like the Diane von Furstenberg is cute.

  • I am the fan of Pastel Bags and love the lilacs and yellow color its is gorgeous.

  • Michelle

    Oh my! Such a awesome selection of pastel! Love the Versace and the Chloe:-)