Sunday, 14 April 2013

Spring 2013 Trend Report: Structured Bags

Though micro purses dominated the spring shows, a slew of sartorially superior (try saying that five times fast) bags are a game changer for any accessories report. With ample space, modern shapes and a range of different price points, this phenomenon is a must-have for any trendsetter. But when it comes to the actual silhouette, several on-the-pulse brands declare it's fair game. While I'm so smitten with winged totes, the simplified shopper is always a classic. Inspired by this trend, I culled the best picks from the market. Check out my favorite structured bags that would make Mary Poppins jealous.
Saffiano Leather Tote (Prada, $1,960): Goodbye power suit, hello power purse!  Though this find costs a small fortune, you have to admit that Miuccia knows best. Inject this traditional piece into a super whimsy ensemble-- try a poppy sheath or a pair of floral trousers. Businesswoman chic never looked so cool.
Alyson Mini Tote (Chloé, $1,159): Not only is the cream and black color combination to die for, the bag's feminine figure is everything. Can we say, "Parisian chic?"  Let the cream base stand out with an entirely black ensemble: black skinnies, black top and black wedges. C'est magnifique
Tartine Satchel (J.Crew, $325): If anyone can create a zesty bag that's still undeniably versatile, it's J.Crew. Though most fashion groupies will make this bright bag their ensemble's necessary pop of color, why not put your brave face on and pair this piece with a loud ensemble? Take your springtime style to the next level with a printed maxi. Not too crazy about this rambunctious hue? This bag also comes in black and navy. 
Winged Lady Tote (Topshop, $170): Similar to the Tartine Satchel, Topshop's remedition features a delightful fabric duo. With suede panels, this leather tote is perfect for a style maven who needs to give her classic pieces a dash of pizzazz.  Whether you pair it with a denim playsuit or chunky knit, you will be sporting this tote season after season.
Large Shopper (Zara, $80): If you're a structured bag novice, it doesn't get much better than this. The cutting-edge silhouette is perfectly paired with a classic color palette and minimal hardware. The result? The ultimate everyday bag. For a downtown chic look, pair this top with a funky chambray, shorts, and a fun pair of flats.

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