How to Wear Spring 2012’s Bright Bag Trend

Spring runways  saw bright color from nearly head to toe, but working a bright bag into your everyday wardrobe is a heck of a lot easier, not to mention more feasible, than, say, working an all-over color frock into the big picture. The bright bag trend spanned all sizes of the purse spectrum from over-sized hobos to structured satchels, mini-backpacks to small shoulder bags. We’ve got the lowdown on how to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe.

Bags have become as much of a statement piece as a great dress, and can speak volumes about the fashionista carrying them. Daring color lovers can look forward to pairing a bright bag with an equally bright ensemble, while fans of a more subtle P.O.C. (pop of color) can use bags to liven up a more quiet outfit.

Spring 2012’s Bright Handbag Trend


Karlie Color Block Karlie Color Block Small Shoulder Bag, $98 from Banana Republic

Pair color with color to create a multi-dimensional color-blocking look. Where a neutral bag may get lost amongst all-over color pieces, an all-over color bag in a contrasting shade gives a simple outfit bold depth and layers.

Many designers have assisted in the color-blocking process for you, creating bags with contrasting flap colors, stripe designs and more. These are best when worn against a single color like a single-shade dress and when used as a pop in an otherwise basic denim/tank/sweater type pairing.


Melissa is creative communication professional with 9+ years of experience writing for the beauty and fashion industries.