Handbag Trends

Check out the latest handbag styles and trends. From animal print to metal studs, find the perfect purse to accompany your outfit.

Finding a Retro Handbag

Finding a Retro Handbag

When looking for a new handbag with a more retro style it could be a little difficult. Very few brands make a real retro looking handbag. But here are some pointers on where to start looking.

  • Retro print could be concentric shapes, abstract flowers and curved thick lines in warm and bright colors.
  • Patent leather or vinyl materials just scream retro. That ultra shine and easy wipe away fabric makes for a timeless bag that will last a long time, but give you the look of shabby chic.
  • Ball clasps look more vintage than a magnetic clasp or a zipper closure. Many clutches and purses have a ball clasp that will bring you back to the 50’s style of handbags with the styles of today handbags.
  • Few brands make retro styled handbags. Sometimes brands like Banana Republic and Mod make handbag designs that fit the current trend and that could include going back to older styles and patters. But you can always count on Lacoste, Chanel and Prada to keep making the styles that they are loved for. For centuries they these brands have been making the trends as well as keeping older trends alive throughout the years.

Choosing an Affordable Handbag

Choosing an Affordable Handbag

There are many luxury designer handbags that can get away with pricing their bags and purses in the thousands. However the majority of the public will not be able to afford these handbags or be willing to spend the money on it. That is why women everywhere are looking for affordable handbags.

With affordable handbags it is not expected to compromise on style or quality. But frugal shoppers can live without toting a Luis Vuitton purse around. Some people justify an affordable handbag in many ways and one more imprint view is that the handbag is going to be more expensive than the actual contents. This way thieves don’t have to worry about swiping a bag filled with penny rolls versus swiping a bag that alone is worth thousands of dollars.

Luckily, some brands out there make affordable handbags that look as good as the thousand dollar ones. Some of these affordable handbag brands are:

  • Nine West handbags: price range <$100
  • American Eagle handbags: price range <$100
  • Vera Bradley handbags: price range <$100
  • Guess handbags: price range $100s
  • Fossil handbags: price range $100s
  • Hobo international handbags: price range $200s

High Demand Signature Print Purses.

High Demand Signature Print Purses.

Some handbags are so distinct that you know exactly what brand it is just by looking at the print. The idea of using the designers initials as a printed pattern that wraps the bag has been widely implemented throughout the name brand designers like; Luis Vuitton, Coach, Guuci, and Dooney & Bourke. The idea was to create a unique print or pattern that reflects the name of the brand and at the same time creating a signature print that many centuries will refer back to.

Then the question arises as to whom was the first brand that started the initial log look? Back in the 1890s the Luis Vuitton brand printed their LV logo leather print for handbags and since then other brands like Coach and Guicci (1960s) then Dooney & Bourke (1980s) followed afterward with the initial logo printed bags.

Signature prints became a necessity for designers of luxury brands in order to authenticate their products. Sadly many counterfeits use those signature prints in slightly altered ways to sell their products at a smaller discount. In fact the Luis Vuitton brand sued the Dooney & Bourke brand for imitating the LV multicolor Murakami pattern. But the lawsuit was dismissed due to lack of evidence that the colorful D&B print was actually mistaken by customers for the LV print.

No matter what brand you like the most, we must recognize Luis Vuitton for their outward thinking in branding themselves by creating their very own signature print. To read more about the history of Louis Vuitton click here.

Choosing a Murse

Choosing a Murse

The word murse means basically a man purse. A man purse is often similar or identical to a messenger bag. Men who live in the more urbanized areas usually carry these purses. Also, it is said that men who wear a man purse are stereotyped as a metrosexuals, which is not bad at all. Man purses have become a bit of a global phenomenon throughout the world especially on the European nations like in France. If you are liberal and like trying our new trends, here are some great suggestions on different types of murses.

  • Satchels are one of the most popular man purses. These are really generally very stylish and low cost accessory depending on the brand. Satchels go well to any relaxed fashion outfit. Many brands like Nike, Puma, Fred Perry, and Dunlop make great satchel bags for men!
  • Shoppers are man bags that are more like upscale shopping bags. They normally come in a very simple style and have a long shoulder strap. Sometime sit comes with hand grips on the upper scale ones.
  • Holdall bags are generally larger in size. These man bags are great for a weekend away or for the gym. They come in leather or canvas materials.
  • Messenger bags are also the most common among men specially students. Manhattan Portage is a well know bag brand form New York that started the style of the messenger bags. Manhattan messenger bags are everywhere and carried by everyone.
  • Laptop bags are carried by professionals. Laptop bags come in a variety of styles, shapes, and materials. They are almost similar to a record bag/messenger bag in size and have the shoulder strap for ease of carrying. For those men who have more relaxed jobs like designers, you can go for canvas laptop bags; these have a more fashion look!

The Oversized Clutch Trend

The Oversized Clutch Trend

Oversized clutches have been sported by many celebrities like Ashlee Simpson, Katharine McPhee, Mary Kate Olsen, Hilary Duff, and Nicole Richie and many more. One reason why the younger celebrities seem to like these oversized clutches could be because the large bag creates the illusion that they are more petite. But another reason could simply be that the smaller clutch just doesn’t hold all of the tech devices, makeup and other personal stuff that these celebrities need for a night out.

Since celebrities have more disposable income they buy the name brands like Fendi, Prada, and YSL. But for women not in the spotlight, style is more important than the brand. Here are a few oversized clutches with extreme style that make up for lack of a luxury brand name.

  • Miu Miu Oversized Clutch – Miu Miu makes a soft and simple 17.5 inch oversized deerskin clutch with flap and turn lock closure that keeps your contents safe. The best part about this bag is that there is a hidden detachable shoulder strap that can help out when you need your hands free.
  • Rampage Oversized Clutch – This oversized clutch is 14 inches of brightly dyed Italian leather with a metal clasp to keep the flap closed. Coming in six colors this bag is the perfect bag for a girl’s night out on the town and can even be used as a wristlet with a small hidden strap.

Coordinating your Handbag with Your Outfit

Coordinating your Handbag with Your Outfit

A wardrobe is not complete without all the complimenting accessories. Since most people carry an extra bag with them the work, school and to special occasions it is important to make sure that that bag compliments the outfit you are wearing.

Many people have their own theories on how to match a handbag to an outfit. These tips are not completely wrong, but some tips are more valuable to some people more than others. Here is a list of handbag matching tips that you can choose from. These tips have been taken from runway fashion and tested styles on the street.

  • Match the bag to the shoes. Matching the shoe color and possibly also the fabric is a very old and reputable matching scheme for both men’s wallets and women’s handbags.
  • Match the bag to the belt. This tip is more focused on men where their belt brand and color should be the same for their wallet.
  • Match bag hardware to jewelry. For a more subtle but cohesive look the bag fasteners and hardware should have the same metal as your necklace, bracelet, and earrings.
  • Match the bag to your clothes. Another old tip is to match the main or secondary color of your dress or top with the color of your handbag.

Choosing a Brightly Colored Handbag to Add a Splash of Color

Choosing a Brightly Colored Handbag to Add a Splash of Color

The easiest way to make a statement in your wardrobe is to add a splash of vibrant color in the form of a handbag. Either you use a daytime bag or a special occasion bag you can always add some bright colored handbags. The key to picking a purse with bright colors is to look at the wardrobe colors you already have or are planning on wearing for an event. If you want to wear this bag as a daytime bag for work and school, pay attention to the color of your pants and shirts you normally wear. Or the color of dress or suite you will wear for that special occasion.

The best way to pick a complimenting bright color for a handbag is to take a look at a color wheel. Fashion designers use the color wheel to find the prefect color families that are either on the same side or on the opposite to add more color to a boring outfit.

Let’s say you are wearing a navy blue dress or blue jeans and you want a brightly colored handbag to complement it; looking at the color wheel the opposite color of the blue (20) is a (2) yellow orange lemon or maize color. A good bag that fits this color is the yellow Kooba handbag called Ryder.

Handbags with Metal Stud Accents

Handbags with Metal Stud Accents

For an alternative, edgy or rebellious look in handbags, metal studs are the perfect fashion statement. Since many people started to embellish their own handbags with studs, designers saw the need for a premade more expressive studded handbag that is ready to be worn right off the shelves. Here are some of the many designer handbags that pre-embellish their handbags for the rebel inside you.

  • Tory Burch handbags – Many of Tory Burch handbags have studs that range from a tote, a satchel and a messenger bag. The polished metal studs are an attention getting bronze color that adds a bit of flare to a simple design.
  • Guess handbags – There are a few Guess handbags that have studs. The Gladiator line of satchel and hobo bags feature nickel colored studs in a variety of shapes and sizes in where the handles meet the bag. The Guess Mererdith satchel handbag is another nickel finished stud bag where the triangle studs line the bag’s opening for a more subtle look.
  • Nine West handbags – The studded handbags by Nine West are used to extenuate the lines of the bag. The Ablaze drawstring bag features nickel colored hardware with bronze colored studs on all the straps. And the Nine West Mylie hobo and satchel features round nickel studs around the rounded pull over flaps to add just a bit of softness to this edgy look.

Choosing an Animal Print Handbag

Choosing an Animal Print Handbag

The style of animal print on clothing, accessories, and home décor is one of the popular trends of today’s fashion. They are seen on magazines and window displays. Many famous designers like Dooney and Bourke, Dolce & Gabbana, and Betsey Johnson have come up with their own animal print handbag’s line. Animal print handbags are fun to wear; it allows you to show your wild side!

Here are some useful tips on the top 6 types of animal print handbags.

  • Leopard print is one of the most poplar animal prints used on handbags as well as on other wardrobe accessories. The best leopard prints come in realistic shades of brown, black and tan while tempting our sense of touch with synthetic fur. Ed Hardy handbags have a whole line of animal print handbags in brightly colored and decorated leopard print.
  • Giraffe print is one of the popular animal print styles. Most designers have this print on wallets, satchels, totes, bags, and hobos.
  • Zebra print handbags are another popular animal print trend. You will find this animal print on different handbag styles like totes, hobos, wallets, duffels, and clutches.
  • Tiger print is another animal print style that can look very realistic if great attention to detail is taken. Using different shades of orange to imitate the bangle or the unique markings of the white tiger is also a highly sought after luxury handbag print.
  • Ostrich print handbags is another sophisticated animal print. You can find this animal print on clutches, bags, wallets, laptop bags and shoes.
  • Reptile skins, like snake and crocodile, have been used for years to make sophisticated luxury handbags, shoes, wallets and luggage sets to complete who whole ensemble.

Classic handbags are back

Classic handbags are back

Classic handbags are back, but then again, when were they ever out of fashion? Certain handbags seem to tide over numerous seasons and remain as popular as ever. These timeless handbags have certain common aspects. They are all elegant, practical and mostly in neutral colors so as to go well with most dresses. They encompass design elements that will never go out of style, for example the bow tote.

One handbag style that has remained a favorite with women over the ages is the classic tote bag. A tote is practical and chic. It enables you to carry essential objects without having to sacrifice on the style quotient.

If you want to get yourself a handbag that will endure the variations in fashion, remember the following tips.

  • Buy a superior quality bag, even if you have to spend a bit extra. The idea is to choose a bag that is durable and will last through many seasons or even years.
  • Choose a design that has a classic appeal, not one that follows a trend likely to get outdated the next season.
  • A bag in neutral shades like black, brown or beige will always be in vogue and coordinate with most of your dresses.
  • If a purse looks great but is not convenient to use, you are likely to discard it soon. So check if the bag that you are selecting has plenty of room to organize and carry all your basic items such as the phone, cards, keys, make-up and any other necessity.
  • Try the bag out to see it is comfortable to carry.
  • Choose a purse that suits your body shape and personality.

A classic handbag is worth the investment that you make on it because it will be your faithful companion for a long time to come.

How to choose a perfect hobo bag

How to choose a perfect hobo bag

The hobo bag is one style that will always be trendy. Hobo bags tend to be large and slouchy. Its popularity can be attributed to the fact that it is usually spacious and can store all the essentials that a lady may want to carry. Hobo bags come in various sizes, colors, materials and styles. When you set out to buy the perfect hobo bag, keep in mind the following three factors:

  • The image you want to portray: Hobo bags are generally unstructured and complement the casual look very well. They go particularly well with informal dresses, denims, capris and slacks. Fabric handbags with fun, bright prints are perfect for those who want to sport a bohemian look. If you are going to a formal event, then small leather hobo purses designed with a more structured style and in a neutral shade will be perfect.
  • Size of the bag: The size of the hobo bag that you carry is of crucial importance. If you are petite, you should opt for small purses as oversized handbags will make you look even smaller. Similarly, if you are tall, choose a large handbag.
  • Length of the handbag: Attention is automatically drawn to the area where the bottom of your handbag falls. Thus, if you are heavy around the hips, avoid buying a bag that rests around that area. A handbag, which falls around the mid-torso, will emphasize the curve of the waist and therefore is quite popular.

    When you see a classic hobo handbag that is suited to your personality and body shape, and falls within your budget, you will know that you have found your perfect hobo bag.

Handbag trends for 2010

Handbag trends for 2010

2010 is a year of rejuvenation in fashion and fashion for women is truly incomplete without the right accessories. Handbags are the most important of all accessories for a woman. Handbag trends this year have been ditched for a menagerie of eclectic and embellished chaos. Though handbag styles and purse trends are a very personal preference, there are some hot trends this spring that every woman would crave. This year these hot trends include soft embellishments, jeweled tones, multiple pockets, double-carry options, oversized bags and classic shapes.

Personal tastes dictate what bag style you choose. A bag adds a lot to a woman’s style quotient. It’s the little details that make a huge difference – a handbag is that little thing that can make you stand out in the crowd. Here are a couple of very stylish and very hot handbag trends this spring.

  • Patent leather handbag: Leather has always added a classy feel to your outfit. A patent leather handbag will remain in fashion as long as handbags are loved by women. A classy lady needs a classy look – a patent leather handbag will give her just that. These bags look extremely stylish and also very royal. Perfect for a formal dinner or an evening out with friends, this bag will grab all the attention.
  • Snake clutch: Animal prints are back in style. Be it Jimmy Choo or Prada, a sexy snake clutch is loved by all fashionistas. It comes in beautiful snake skin prints and exotic colors. You might even find them embellished with stones or jewels for that contemporary look. With a snake clutch in your hand, you can now dare to walk on the wild side.
  • Small sized bags, long shoulder straps, pouchettes, over-sized hobos like the Chloe Marcie large hobo, clutches, fold-over wallets, handheld bags, and briefcases are the biggest trends of 2010. Grab them all at www.become.com. 2010 is your year to look stylish!