Life’s always a party when you have a cute bag on your arm. You look brighter, feel better and tend to give off a natural I’m-always-happy vibe. (Maybe not true, but no one needs to know, right?) So imagine the possibilities with the Sensi Studio Maxi Patterned Toquilla Straw Tote slung over your shoulder. A fun zigzag pattern in tropical hues gives it a beachy vibe, while a roomy interior nods to its practicality. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect summer bag. Available for $235 at Net-a-Porter.
If you’re the proud owner of an iPad Mini, you probably already own some sort of protective cover for it. But if you’re still shopping around, the Henri Bendel iPad Mini Carry-All is the perfect option: polished, sophisticated and functional all at once, with plenty of space for more than just your tablet. The interior features card spots and a roomy pocket, perfect for holding essentials beyond tech. Classy and timeless, this bag is perfect for anyone on the go. Available for $198 at Henri Bendel.
Crazy, but true: Apparently I have a thing for plaid handbags. I thought I swore off plaids after I graduated from high school and waved a not-so-fond farewell to my checked uniform skirt. Things do change, though, and it took the Tory Burch Jane Tote to make me realize it. This is one of my favorite spring carryalls of the moment. Awash in bright shades of tangerine and cobalt, it feels both preppy and posh thanks to its demure Tory logo and smart silhouette. And because it’s plaid, you know it will always be in style. Available for $550 at Nordstrom.
Juicy! If you’ve got summer on the brain (I know, we’re not even a week into spring – don’t care), allow me to direct your attention to the new Dolce & Gabbana Crystal-Embellished Raffia Shoulder Bag. It’s right in line with the label’s penchant for glam straw bags, but this is by far one of the nicest they’ve created. I love the juxtaposition of colorful, dressy crystals on the playful orange backdrop. Somehow the two elements work perfectly in harmony with one another. Available for $2395 at Net-a-Porter.
So, everyone wants a Mansur Gavriel bag. You know this if you make it a habit to follow the goings on in bag-land and recall the explosive manner in which the label’s first collection sold out last year. The fall 2014 lineup, which just debuted, is ready and waiting to be scooped up – if you’re willing to put down half of your deposit now, that is. Here are the highlights of the minimally-chic best of the best.
Sharp intake of breath, commence…now! The Mini Camello Backpack is oh so beautiful in an almost ethereal shade of orange that skews metallic and appears far more glamorous than you’d imagine. It’s made of buttery soft leather that will hold up well, so have no fears about grabbing and going with this on your arm.
If you like pink but don’t want to look like Barbie, you could do well with the Large Camello Tote with Dolly Interior. The inner color pops just enough, but doesn’t take away from the exterior’s simple elegance.
Bucket bags are everything this year, so is it any wonder one of the most in-demand labels would produce their own? The Mini Bucket Bag is a little charmer, indeed. It’s made of luxe calf leather and expresses pure radiance and depth thanks to its rich blue color.
Shop the collection at Moda Operandi.
I’m downright charmed by the Prada Tessuto Bow Wristlet. It’s orange, a shade I don’t oft employ in my wardrobe, but I feel like I can make an occasional exception during spring and summer. This dainty bag swings right onto the arm and offers a cute spot for a small wallet, phone, mirror and gloss. Since I’m a heavy packer, this isn’t practical for regular use, but is ideal for days when I don’t want my entire look to be burdened by a heavy bag. Available for $340 at Neiman Marcus.
Let your bag be the main attraction! The Moyna Ikat Beaded Large Clutch is stunning. The color combination of blues and oranges is incredible and the tribal inspired pattern is oh so trendy for the spring season. Clutch has a flap top and a long gold chain strap that can be tucked inside to be held like a true clutch. Step out in style at your next big event armed with this beauty. Visit Neiman Marcus to get yours for $220.
This is why you never judge a book by its cover. Under normal circumstances I would probably shun the Loewe Amazona 28 Small Colorblock Leather Tote without a second thought, but boy, do I love this amazing handbag today! It offers a refreshing change of pace from all of the outwardly runway-driven designs that usually hog the limelight; this, with its offbeat color palette and youthful design, is just fun, unexpected and a bit silly, in a good way. Available for $2150 at Net-a-Porter.
I love flashy yet sophisticated handbags. With that being said, the Kate Spade Pretty Penny Treesh Medium Shopper is on my must-have list. This orange patent leather bag is on trend with the season. The contrast stitches and bright white edges accent this handbag beautifully. It has a magnetic snap closure and numerous pockets inside as well as a dot jacquard lining. Plus it has protective feet to keep this baby in pristine condition. Head over to Nordstrom to get one for $328.