Spring accessories and handbag trends 2013
Handbags: Bright, cross-body bags
Your style won't starve sans accessories, but the fashion feast won't be nearly as delicious. What's on this spring's menu? Seasonal specialties such as bold bags, silky floral scarves and cute chapeaus. — Shannon McCarthy
Bing: Bright, cross-body bags
The easiest way to get that all-important pop of big color into your spring wardrobe is by slinging on one of these bright babies. Choose your mood: Electric neons, darling pastels and punchy candy hues update the super-practical “look ma, no hands” handbag.
Handbags: Shiny totes
Bing: Shiny totes
The utilitarian tote has taken a shine to chic, with patent, plastic and coated fabrics. This runway-worthy update is one of the prime reasons the boxy handbag shape is so much sexier now, so much worthier of wearing with your trendiest togs as well as impressing everybody at the office.
Handbags: Color-blocked clutches
Bing: Color-blocked clutches
This spring, grab ahold of a hot handbag trend inspired by color-blocking couture. While clutch purses are a glam nighttime staple, we’re talking larger, day-ready versions here, such as oversized envelope clutches. They not only carry your workday essentials, but are also the perfect canvas for color-blocking’s charm.
No sunglasses style radiates more mojo than the classic aviator. Although it’s trend-right this spring, its cool is so eternal you’ll wear your new pair for years to come. The latest tweaks include metallic gold or pastel rims and polarized “flash” or Hollywood-hip ombre lenses.
Retro shades are having their day in the sun, and the most wearable of those peeper picks is the uber-flattering Wayfarer. They have a subtle shape – unlike some of the supersized ’70s styles we’ve seen – and a chunky enough frame for designers to add fun pops of hue and pattern.
Sunglasses: Colored frames
Bing: Colored frames
Transparency is clearly a fave designer trend this year, and that’s reflected in spring’s new sunnies. Acetate frames are washed by gentle pastels and ’80s-style neons alike. We’re seeing these translucent tints on otherwise modest, small-scale sunglasses and all the way up to those gargantuan, glam pairs loved by celebs.
If you can’t get enough of the gently femme pastel trend, add a budget-friendly addition to your spring wardrobe with a soft scarf. Lemon yellow, washed minty green, a perfectly subtle turquoise: All of these hues are effortless and elegant when worn in scarf form to complement your white outfits or wake up neutrals.
Scarves: Watercolor florals
Bing: Watercolor florals
Color-crazy prints are huge this season, sometimes literally so, as with the head-to-toe pantsuits the couture crowd is crowing over. But when you want to mix just a small, chic touch of this extroverted trend into your outfits, choose a breezy scarf printed with bright, bold, painterly florals.
Scarves: Snakeskin prints
Bing: Snakeskin prints
Animal prints are trend-proof: We can’t remember the last season they weren’t in. What changes is the nature of the beast. This spring, the big creature to feature is snake. We think this fierce print is most chic -- and most versatile, equaling more bang for your buck -- on accessories, especially a long length of sleek scarf.
Hats: Straw fedoras
Bing: Straw fedoras
Finish off your spring-right style with the proper topper: Hats are where it's at, and fedoras are still the hippest choice around. This beau chapeau is made more femme-friendly with short brims, silky hatbands and casual, spring-right fabrics such as straw or cotton instead of wool.