The Spring Handbag Guide 2013

spring handbags 2013

Aside from the breathtaking picture of trees blossoming back to life, each spring comes baring novelty in the guise of exciting new trends, fresh colors schemes and accessories that are meant to uplift your wardrobe and help you transition effortlessly into the new season. For spring 2013, some of the morphing elements were veiled in subtlety, while others embraced a bold, outrageous conversion.

In terms of bags, this season couldn’t have felt more complete or more diverse, as a myriad of new and exciting styles took over the runways before finding their ways into the stores. From classic black and white renditions, to dashing prints and delicate pastels, this season tempts you to reinvent yourself with the help landed by the perfect accessory. Read onto the full report to learn all about the key picks for spring.

Dashing stripes

While they might appear omnipresent and pervasive, bold stripes still make for one of this season’s leading trends and for good reason. If your wardrobe somehow escaped the stripe invasion, it’s not late to cave in to the exciting take on the classic concept by channeling the 1960s, persuading a nautical makeover or going plain Mediterranean.

From left to right, top to bottom: Moschino – Gloria mini briefcase bagMichael Michael Kors – Jet Set Travel medium striped textured-leather shopperDolce & Gabbana – Miss Dolce small striped canvas and raffia shoulder bagMarc Jacobs – Black & White Striped Calf-Hair The Domino Tote

Ornate fantasy

This spring, the new normal is dictated by the presence of bold ornaments and exuberant embellishments on clutches and bags alike, following a direction that turned accessories into pure works of art. If your wardrobe is in need of some playfulness or effervescence, search no more. Seek for beads, glitter and lots of colour.

From left to right, top to bottom: Stella McCartney – Embellished clutchMawi – Crystal embellished glitter clutchFendi – Super Bowl beaded baguetteMatthew Williamson – Embellished suede clutch


The holographic trend managed to make its way into the spring of 2013 by keeping the metallic/iridescent combination relevant and alluring. It’s high time to step away from the monochrome tones and embrace the futuristic twists by the likes of a cutting edge bag.

From left to right, top to bottom: Somewhere Nowhere – Small hologram clutchProenza Schouler – Mini black holographic PS11 shoulder bagStella McCartney – Falabella clutchLanvin – The Happy medium holographic python shoulder bag

Transparent plastic

The transparent plastic trend quickly morphed into a spring essential with PVC/perspex jewelry, shoes and bags signing in for a modern, yet ultra-feminine look. Update your wish list and enhance your neutral outfits this spring with a delicate and transparent clutch or tote.

From left to right, top to bottom: Gucci – Aristographic Perspex clutchValentino – PVC shoulder bag;Charlotte Olympia – Pandora Bamboo Perspex clutchBurberry Prorsum – Watersnake-trimmed PVC tote

Black & White

The black and white combination has never looked cooler. From sporty, to classic and mod renderings, this spring’s key bags made sure to inject the monochromatic motif with a brand new feel. Put a new twist on the timeless appeal that will carry you for seasons.

From left to right, top to bottom: Sportmax – Rubiera bagSaint Laurent – Lulu medium leather shoulder bagVictoria Beckham – Lazer cut out contrast tote bagGivenchy – Braided-effect leather pouch

Metallic accents

The metallic tones are ready to help you make a fashionable statement this spring. Trust the metallic bags to pass over some of their luxurious, edgy and futuristic qualities, without compromising your personal aesthetic. Dare make an impact this season.

From left to right, top to bottom: Emilio Pucci – City Marquise toteBurberry Prorsum – Berkeley metallic leather shoulder bagBalenciaga – Classic Mini City leather shoulder bag

Python-embossed leather

Landing the snakeskin trend with a polished and ultra-modern interpretation, the python-embossed leather bags look bold, despite their minimalist designs. This spring, push the boundaries by choosing a unique bag that captures and reflects your personality.

From left to right, top to bottom: Dries Van Noten – Embossed leather shoulder bagZagliani – Metallic python easy clutchAlexander Wang – Marion python embossed bagDiane Von Furstenberg – Tonda python print box clutch

Bold florals

Embodying the spring spirit and reading pure femininity, the floral bags, clutches and totes are in full bloom this season. Built upon delicate accents, floral bags bring a touch of exoticism to this spring’s outfits. Carrying your essentials in style never looked easier.

From left to right, top to bottom: Dolce & Gabanna – Floral canvas shoulder bagGucci – Floral tote;3.1 Phillip Lim – The Pashli medium floral-print canvas and leather trapeze bagLizzie Fortunato – Floral embroidered clutch

Delicate pastels

This season is all about switching the bold and bright tones with ultra-delicate pastels. Think in terms of dusted pink, peach, mint and baby blue and let your accessories do the talking. Complement the pastel elegance with exquisite designs and dainty details.

From left to right, top to bottom: Valentino – Minaudiere studded box clutchAnya Hindmarch – Bathurst bow large leather shoulder bagMiu Miu – Two-tone leather handbagMulberry – Cecily flower clasp bag

Eccentric prints

Usually during spring, the obsession for whimsical prints gains new proportions. Keeping up with the tradition this season brought along a full spectrum of eccentric prints and patterns, covering everything in between dragonfly motifs and minimalist graphic cubes.

From left to right, top to bottom: Mary Katrantzou – Sorbonne print leather pouchAlexander McQueen – Dragonfly-print mantaray clutchDolce & Gabbana – Miss Glam quilted silk shoulder bagPierre Hardy – Cube-print canvas pouch



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Categories: Fashion

Author:Tamisha Monet

Fashion Editor ( Tamisha Monet calls Oakland home as a Bay Area native but resides in Houston. She's a staff writer for The Rouge Collection magazine, in their Beauty and Style department. She is the art contributor for the West Coast division of F.A.M.E. The Experience magazine. In the blogosphere, she’s worked with Vogue, Lexus, True Religion and more. She works as a Business Life Coach for various fashion and beauty start-ups through her company iStyle Fashion and Beauty Society.


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