How to Wear Spring 2012’s Bright Bag Trend

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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.

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  • Beth

    I am so glad that bright colors are in! Just got a colorful spring handbag and I am excited.

  • I think bright bags for the spring is an absolute must for a fashionista! You make a great point when you say that one shouldn’t be scared to pair a bright bag with a bright ensemble. I personally like to use the color in the hand bag that is represented the least amount and revolve my outfit around that color to make it really pop and stand out in the handbag! For example, for this Banana Republic colorblock bag I would wear a dress or blouse in the peach color around the buckle to really make the color stand out.

  • That’s a hot handbag. I love the colors and the price is right