Friday, December 23, 2011

Winter 2011 Handbag Trends

Winter 2011 Handbag Trends

Kate Spade cross body - Essex Scout
$395 -

Kate Spade clutch - Summit Brynn
$295 -

Big Buddha hobo handbag
$95 -

Looking around lately I've noticed the four biggest trends in arm candy right now.  The first one is color blocking, as shown on the beautiful satchel above.  It's a great blend of rich colors like mustard yellow, coral red, and black that would do well as an every day bag for work and school.  I especially love the gold buckles running down the front flap.  Asos is a totally affordable brand at only $127 for genuine leather.  

Clutches and cross body satchels are really big right now, especially ones with bold colors that really make a statement.  Kate Spade, one of my fave designers never lets me down.  I love her Brynn clutches and Essex Scout cross body satchels.  The clutches are large and roomy and mean to be carried underneath your arm or make use of the cute chain attached to sling over your shoulder.  I'm featuring Summit Brynn above but this style clutch comes in many more colors.  Oversized clutches are great for parties, dates and nights out with the gals.  The gold sequined detail is perfect for holiday parties which need a little bling in the outfit.  The cross body satchel is a little more casual.  This Kate Spade design is roomy and comes in many different colors and sizes.  It's perfect for running errands because it leaves your hands free.  I love the magnetic flap so you don't have to fool around with any buckles.

The last trend I'd like to mention is fur (faux).  Whether you want to go bold and opt for a purse that is completely covered in fur, like the one pictured above, or enjoy the subtlety of one with just the trimming, you can see that the Big Buddha handbag above is a great choice with a nice price.  It's been so cold everywhere lately that may have influenced all the fur accents in clothing and purses.  Not only can you bundle up in fur-lined boots, fur-trimmed coats and vests, but you can cuddle up with your purse as well!  Fur in anything makes me feel decadent and certainly gives the wearer a sense of luxury.

It is no secret that I am a big lover of handbags.  I believe they make or break an outfit.  They express your individuality, your style, your personality through the shape, the texture, the material, the embellishments.  I tend to let my handbags do all the talking, especially if they are as bold as the ones above.  My clothes are always basic and dark during the winter months and I prefer my pop of color to come out of my bags, shoes, and jewelry.  I also prefer classic shapes like the ones I chose above because trends will come and go.  Classics are forever.

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