Summer stripes anyone? This recurring nautical trend is always on the top of my list around this time of the year. I can never get enough of it.
This on-the-go Michael Kors wristlet clutch is made of Saffiano leather and accessorized with gold colored hardware.
What’s great about this clutch is that it’s not just a plain pouch. The interior features internal pockets and card slots for easy organization.
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Right now beach totes can be found in abundance but very few can actually exceed the cute margin and into the mesmerizing phase. Say hello to this ultra chic Piazzato Tote by Emilio Pucci. I’ve always been a fan of Pucci’s vibrant prints on clothing and accessories but when found on oversized summer ready totes, they’re even more electrifying!
Corn is an odd thing to talk about, especially on a blog dedicated to handbags. What do we know about corn? It is okay to eat, I suppose. Most people don’t realize it isn’t a vegetable, although it is advertised as such. Corn is a C4 plant, which simply means it can conserve water by taking in carbon dioxide at night. Plus corn is used to make all sorts of things from diesel to plastics. And now… handbags? Well, sort of. Meet the Rebecca Minkoff Corn Husk Boyfriend Tote!
While browsing the web looking at handbags (what else, right?) today, I started to notice something odd. There are a lot of perforated handbags floating around right now. Is this a new trend or something? If so, I don’t think I received the memo. I guess when I think about perforated bags, I flash back to Louis Vuitton’s perforated collection from a few years ago. There weren’t too many perforated bags to speak of after that. Now they are suddenly popping up everywhere. What gives? Oh well, I suppose I can give this trend a chance. After all, some of the styles might actually be cute. Just be careful though. I think this is a very tricky trend to pull off. Bright colors or bright white keep this look fresh. I picked out a couple pieces that I like, just so you can see what I’m talking about. Enjoy!
Furla Perforated Brooklyn – $498
You don’t see Furla too much anymore, but this designer really seems to be making a comeback. This shoulder bag is nice. I like how it is slouchy at the top, but it still has a somewhat structured bottom. The tiny perforations are perfect for someone wishing to try this trend without getting their feet too wet. The crisp white is great too, pairing nicely with just about anything.
Straw handbags are everywhere right now. But I suppose that is to be expected, given the fact that summer is just around the corner. When it comes to straw handbags though, they typically come in the form of a beach tote. Surely, there is nothing wrong with straw beach totes. It’s just that it’s more fun to see this material being used in more unexpected ways. That’s why I’m loving the Anya Hindmarch Ipanema Straw Clutch!
Hearts, grapefruits, cotton candy, Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), and cute little bunny noses. These are the things that come to mind when I think of the color pink. It is probably one of the cheeriest colors I can think of. Right now, it would seem that a lot of handbag designers agree with this sentiment. Wait, I thought the hot color for Spring 2012 was yellow? Don’t worry, it still is! But pink is going to be a hot color this season too! Pink is already popping up everywhere. Sure, pink isn’t a novelty when it comes to handbags like yellow is. The color is still pretty though. I, for one, am happy to see its return as a color trend. You really can’t go wrong with this color. Give it a try, you’ll find carrying around a pop of pink has a strange way of lifting your spirit even on the gloomiest of days. Here are a few suggestions to get you to think pink!
Tod’s 24H Shopping Grande Tote in Dark Rose
Bigger isn’t always better. But in this case, it definitely is! This large shopper is perfect for carrying all your essentials.
Reed Krakoff Mini Atlantique Tote in Acid Pink
The Atlantique Tote is quickly becoming a timeless classic. You can never go wrong pairing a bright color with a structured shape.
During those warm summer months, nothing beats a brightly colored straw tote! It is the ultimate summer-only accessory! The only problem is that they aren’t appropriate for all occasions. Sometimes you need a chic style, even a professional-looking one. After all, many of us bagistas have that annoying thing called work that we have to go to and it doesn’t care if it happens to be a gorgeous summer day outside or not. But not to worry, you can still have a summer-only handbag and feel very work-appropriate at the same time! How? Try a classic, structured style in a neutral summer fabric! My favorites are linen and burlap. These fabrics are light and luxurious, yet so unexpected. Pictured below are a few of my favorite styles, check them out!
Rebecca Minkoff Linen Morning After Mini Bombe Bag – $374
A favorite among Minkettes, the Morning After Mini Bombe is a great classic style. I love the oatmeal linen canvas paired with the contrasting black patent leather trim. Sleek and simple, this style is perfect for carrying your everyday essentials!