I feel like spring truly starts when you change out your handbag. I purchased this Clare V. Midi Sac Grommet Shoulder Bag in anticipation of the new season. I love the grommet details, the light shade of leather, how it hits right at my hip when I wear it crossbody-style. It’s the perfect spring bag for me.
The possibilities for bags & totes in spring are endless. Are you into print? Bold color? Rattan? Unique shapes? I’ve spent hours scouring the internet for the best spring bags and found a myriad of sizes and price points. Hopefully, there is something for everyone here!
01| Logo Mini Egg Metallic Leather Hobo Bag by Bruce Glen
Metallics are still having a moment, and that’s OK by me. This Logo Mini Egg Metallic Leather Hobo Bag is by Black-owned business, Bruce Glen, which is run by two dynamic fashion designers. They’ve launched celebrity brands for Beyonce, so…I stan. This bag is eye-catching in its sportiness. It’s great if you’re not fully sold on the fanny pack, but still want a hands-free bag experience.
02| Leslie Leather Tote from Free People
Show me anything with the barest resemblance to mint green and I am in. This Free People Leslie Leather Tote is the mother of all totes; lined, inner zip and slip pockets, zip closure, detachable shoulder strap. I am a sucker for a big bag, and this is a gorgeous spring color. If you aren’t feeling green, there are several other colors from black to a dreamy buttercup.
03| Social Distancing Straw Tote by BTB Los Angeles
I love a sassy, yet informative, bag, and this Social Distancing Straw Tote accomplishes both. It could be viewed as a bag for a specific time in life that maybe we don’t want to revisit, but honestly, this bag would also come in handy for an introvert at any time. Plus, what better way to politely tell people to step back than with pearls?!
And, if sass is not your style, here’s a sweeter option: their Be Mine Straw Tote.
04| Lyra Rattan Crossbody Bag from Anthropologie
I was feeling the Lyra Rattan Crossbody Bag’s circular shape, rattan material, and long strap, but that nautical-striped interior liner?! SWOON. What says warmer temps. more than blue and white stripes? I need this bag, a picnic basket and the French countryside STAT. It also comes in black and white, the white having the most adorable cotton candy striped interior.
05| We Are Chic Vegan Leather Top Handle Crossbody from House of Want
I’m naming this We Are Chic Vegan Leather Top Handle Crossbody Bag the “Brunch Bag.” Keys, cards, a mask, your phone, wait what’s that errant infant sock doing in here? and you are good to go. I’m feeling the lavender for spring and the chain-link strap is an adorable detail. It’s made of vegan leather and also under $100!
06| Kira Chevron Leather Small Camera Crossbody by Tory Burch
Give me ALL the color. This Kira Chevron Leather Small Camera Crossbody is a delightful, sunny yellow. How can you not smile whilst donning this bag? This’ll get you through several springs to come.
07| Vera Sigrid Scarf Clutch from Anthropologie
There’s something about a scarf clutch or bag that says, “I’m going out and I’m not sure if I’ll end up at the Kroger’s or cruising down the southern coast of Italy in a top-down convertible.” One never knows, it’s easy to get lost on these Texan roads. The Vera Sigrid Scarf Clutch is fresh, fun and functional. Again, you never know when you’ll need a scarf. Another under $100 find! (Truthfully I could have done an entire post on Anthropologie bags. I also had my eye on this Apres Swim tote, this Hotel Magique Tote, and the Meredith Woven Clutch because DUH best name ever.)
08| The ReNew Transit Bag from Everlane
**sustainable pick** Looking for something a little more functional? The ReNew Transit Bag is sustainably made from recycled plastic bottles, has space for a 13′ laptop, snaps on to rolling luggage, has water bottle holders and more. The warm quartz is a gorgeous, soft color as well. If you need something bigger there’s a 15′ ReNew Transit Bag or the ReNew Transit Bag that can be worn crossbody or as a fanny pack.
09| Ark Mini Bamboo Belt Bag by Cult Gaia
Fanny Pack But Make It Fashion should be the tagline for this Ark Mini Bamboo Belt Bag. It is JUST SO CUTE. If I didn’t have to bring swim diapers, a vat of sunscreen, a pop-up tent, sand toys, and 2 years’ worth of Cheddar Goldfish to the beach, I would rock this bag on the boardwalk. Looking for something else? Check out this Fan Ark Medium Bamboo Bag (that shape!) or this showstopping fringe clutch. Cult Gaia bags are seriously unique and worth a look.
10| Katie Shell Clutch from Anthropologie
I have ZERO need for a Shell Clutch but DANG DO I WANT IT. Yes it’s over $300, but it’s glorious. If you’re having “Under the Sea” themed parties on the regular, or have a shore home, or an actual mermaid trying to retrieve her voice, please get it and wear it in my name. (It also comes in pink and white.)
Spring is a time for whimsy and play. I know a lot of us don’t necessarily know how “normal” our spring will look, but I think a new handbag, on some level, speaks to opportunities for adventure and a return to living. Even I, a self-professed homebody, am eager to grab my Clare V. and meet my closest friends for dinner outdoors, catch a drive-in movie, walk around a farmer’s market and enjoy spring this year.