Spring & Summer Bag Trends for 2015
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
What are the new spring and summer handbag trends for 2015? I’m looking around for a new bag. It’s not that I don’t love my blue Marc by Marc Jacobs hobo from last year. It’s just that I want something a little lighter and brighter for spring. At this point, I’m just browsing, but I’m already sick of winter, so it’s fun to look.
What did the designers show on the catwalks?
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I am not a Saudi princess or a trust fund brat. So, I’m always looking for something that’s a good buy. My favorite purchase is “anything that looks more expensive than it is”.
Even if I had a million dollars to spend on clothing this year, I would still have this same philosophy.
Of course, I don’t have a gazillion dollars to spend on a purse. Some of my bags come from Target. Others are made of beautiful leather and were bought in Florence. But, I always look for the same thing, whether I’m getting a fake leather bag or a real leather bag: I want something that looks like it cost more than it did.
Handbag Trends for Spring & Summer:
I’m not very concerned about trends when I’m buying a cheap little handbag from Target, but most of the time, I want something that looks like it’s going to be in style for more than one year.
Hey, I wear my purses forever and ever, Amen. So, the most important thing is that I like my bag. If it’s not “in style” who cares? On the other hand, if I can find something that makes my outfits look a little more up to date, why not? Staying stuck in a style rut is extremely aging.
So, I went through website after website after website… until I couldn’t take it anymore… and the main thing I noticed was that structured handbags are beating out hobos and unstructured bags in a contest that’s not even close.
Here are the main trends I saw on the runways:
1. Structured Bags with Handles:
There are many different names for these bags: satchels, doctor bags, bowling bags, duffle bags, or lady-like bags. Try imagining a handbag from the 50s or 60s and you’d be pretty close to what these bags look like. Most of the bags were rounded, but not round. Some were more square. Others were square with “wings”.
Some of them were teeny-weeny tiny, some of them were smallish, and others were mid-sized. The most versatile ones had a shoulder strap along with a regular purse handle. Structrured bags almost always look good with color blocking (another big trend for spring and summer).
2. Box-Shaped Handbags & Clutches:
Rectangular box-shaped bags, sometimes called suitcase bags, are hot. The newest and trendiest ones were quite small and they wouldn’t look right on me, but they would look amazing on most of you… and on my two grown daughters.
Some of the bags were sharp-edged boxes that were either meant to be worn as shoulderbags (often with chain straps) or meant to be held as clutches (often with a hand strap or wrist strap). Other types of boxy bags were softer, and I think more practical, even though not as trendy.
I have to admit that these handbags were really cute, even though most of them aren’t big enough for me. Well, I might get a cheap box-style bag to use as an evening bag. The other ones just wouldn’t hold enough junk for my needs.
If I were skinnier, I would absolutely try one of the small boxy bags with a chain. When you see them you’ll think you’ve been transported back to the Mod Sixties. And, this new style of handbag would really give a nice, polished look to your outfit. If you see a small box bag in the store, try it on in front of a full-length mirror… and see what you think.
3. Round Crossbody Handbags:
I haven’t seen that many round handbags on websites, but small round shoulderbags and round clutches were all over the runway. I found one round bag called a Heritage Tambourine on Nordies, but I have a feeling it’s more than you want to spend ($725.00). There was one a while back on M&S in leopard, but it’s no longer online. So, I wouldn’t spend a ton of money on a round bag, although it might be worth your time to look on discount sites. Oh, I just found another round floral bag from D&G, but it’s almost $900, so I’d just wait this trend out. Round purses may be a trend that will show up later in the year, probably closer to summer, if they do catch on.
On a separate note, there were lots and lots of crossbody handbags of all sizes. And, you know I love those.
4. Geometric Architectural Bags:
There were all kinds of weird geometric shapes designed by high end fashion houses. Here is one example that is made for regular people who can't afford haute couture... the type of bag made for mainstream gals. Some of the fancy-dancy purses had round or square handles. Some of the bags were soft sided, some were hard sided, and some were just uniquely shaped... and I don't know how else to explain them.
5. Bucket Handbags:
Bucket bags usually have an open top and a drawstring closure. However, there were all kinds of variations. Some were metallic. Some had laser cutouts. Many of them were white. Actually, white bags were big on the runways. However, I'm liking yellow or chartreuse. Yellow was big, too. ps I know people who call this type of bag a satchel, but I call it a bucket bag.
6. Shopper Tote Bags:
Totes were all over the runways. They were metallic, normal colors, crazy colors, and everything in between. Some were zippered, but most were open. If you like totes, this is a good year to find the exact style that will perk up your tired old wardrobe.
I know there were other handbag trends. I saw some hobos, envelope clutches (with and without chain straps, soft boho hippie bags with fringe, and a lot of weird little quirky bags shaped like animals and fruits and flowers and God knows what. However, if you want to go trendy this year, I think two of the main details to consider are structured (frame) bags with a retro 50s look and/or boxy handbags with chain shoulder straps, a style that was big in the Mod 60s. If you're not that into trends, just have fun looking around until you find a handbag you can't live without.
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Photo Credits: Prshots.com.
- Main Photo: All handbags are from House of Fraser. HOF has international shipping (including the US). Some bags in this article are not available until January, February, March. As far as I know, all bags can be shipped to US and most parts of the world. (Brands include Biba, Michael Kors, Armani Jeans, Furla (love 'em), Vivienne Westwood, Portas, Love Moschino, Dune) I think you can only get Biba bags at House of Fraser. Remember Biba from Carnaby Street days? Let's party like it's 1967.
- Structured Handbag Trend: HOF (same as above).
- Structured Handbags for Spring & Summer: Nude handbag HOF, Pink bag Simply Be, Color-blocked bag Dune, Orange bowler Debenham.
- 2 Kinds of Box Clutches: Hard sided at Monsoon, Soft sided at M an Co.
- Architectural Handbag: Dorthy Perkins US Site.
- Yellow Bucket Bag: New Look. It might be easier to shop on Asos.
- Shopper Tote Bags: Dune.
I've shopped at many of the stores above when I've been in Europe. I won't link to any websites I don't trust.
What do you think of this article? Are you ready for a new handbag? Are you ready for spring and summer? Leave a comment at the bottom of the page so I don't get lonely.