10 Most Fashionable Handbags this Spring

From classic totes and satchels to over-size clutches and cross-body styles, we’ve picked out the best on-trend bags from the high street and online this season.

With so many looks to choose from, the only problem you’ll have is choosing which one to buy.

 Ever since the Cambridge Satchel Company launched their fluro range (seen on the arms of celebs like Alexa Chung and Rita Ora), the neon bag has become a must-have for spring.
Wear with this season’s monochrome styles for an all-eyes-on-me shot of colour.Shop the trends: (From top) Green fluro Cambridge Satchel Company bag, £125, Selfridges; yellow neon satchel, £30, Simply Be; pink cross-body bag, £45, House of Fraser.

 Over-size clutch bags are huge this season. Take your lead from Victoria Beckham, Louise Roe and Olivia Palermo and tuck a large clutch under your arm for instant style kudos. Choose one in raffia and work two trends in one.Shop the trends: (From left) Black woven and patent clutch, £20.00, Wallis; zebra print raffia clutch, £22, Next.

Butterflies are set to be the theme of the season. If the new Willow tote from Mulberry with its pretty appliqué wings is out of your budget, work the trend with one of these instead. From pretty pastels to monochrome, catch them while you can.

Shop the trends: (From back) Butterfly bag, £19, Kaleidoscope; butterfly shoulder bag, £24.95, Harrods; Oriental print clutch, £95, Karen Millen; mini butterfly bag, £4.50, Accessorize.

Monochrome has taken the catwalks and high street by storm. Give your wardrobe an instant style update with a black and white bag – be brave with stripes and sixties-inspired checks or keep it simple with understated colour blocking.

Shop the trends: (From top left, clockwise) Monochrome checked bag £35, Marks & Spencer; Tabby monochrome stripe clutch bag, £15, Boohoo; black and white bag, £35, River Island; monochrome bag, £79, House of Fraser.

Tap into spring’s pastel colour trend with some gorgeous arm candy in ice-cream shades. Think baby blue, mellow yellow and powder pink – or go for an on-trend colour block style and wear several shades at once.

Shop the trends: (From top) Yellow bowling bag with zips, £39.99, Zara; blue satchel, £28, Topshop; pink mini satchel, £32, Warehouse.

From Valentino’s small see-through shoulder bag to Charlotte Olympia’s Perspex and bamboo clutch, transparent accessories have enjoyed a major presence on the catwalks. If the idea of putting everything on show is too much, work the Perspex trend in tortoiseshell instead.

Shop the trends: (From top) Clear Perspex hard box clutch, £12.99, New Look; Perrine Perspex tortoise shell hard clutch, £125, Reiss; Marc by Marc Jacobs Clearly Colorblocked crossbody bag, £159.51, Nordstrom.

Add some tribal style to your spring/summer wardrobe. Think Aztec-print designs, ethnic embroidery and fringe detailing.

Shop the trends: (From left clockwise) Fold-over canvass bag, £35, Oliver Bonass; David Jones Nanon bag, £26.20, Spartoo; tribal handbag, £69.99, Mango.

This season’s love affair with nude hues and clean lines has made its way to accessories. Think pale washed-out leather in buff, blush rose, apricot and off-white. Pale and interesting has never looked so good.

Shop the trends: (From left) Nude double pocket bag, £149, Mint Velvet; F&F nude tote bag, £15, Tesco Clothing; Grace Patent clutch bag, £22, Littlewoods.

A favourite on the spring/summer 2013 runways, snake-print is now making its mark on the high street. Give a nod to the trend with a stylish clutch bag, tote or shopper.

Shop the trends: (From bottom left, clockwise) Snake print bag, £18, Barratts; white snake print hard bag, £14,Fashion Union; black leather clutch, £33 Oasis; snake print structured clutch, £8, Matalan; Reptula printed canvas shopper, £49, Ted Baker.

They may be small but mini cross-body bags are big on style this season. Stay on-trend with a colour-block style or turn up the fun factor with a cute and kooky design.

Shop the trends: (From top, clockwise) Paul’s Boutique Hetty Lips cross body bag. £32, Asos; Desigual Pretty cross-body bag, £49, John Lewis; colour block across the body bag, £15, Barratts.


March 26, 2013. March.

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