I had a couple people do a request for some spring bag suggestions, and it made me think– how many of you buy “trendy” or “statement” bags? I for one, never do. Remember in the Sex and the City movie when Carrie buys Jennifer Hudson’s character a Louis Vuitton bag for Christmas? I was HORRIFIED that she didn’t get her a standard brown pattern Louis! Like, that goes with nothing! NOTHING! And is so expensive! Am I alone here in my bag anger???
When I buy a new bag, it is almost always a chestnut leather color. I have a couple black bags and one greige bag (my Hermes cross body which I love and was worth the splurge given how much I use it, but I do kind of wish I had gotten a browner version…) And for spring and summer, I only use paler toned neutrals and lots fo raffia and woven totes (which are HUUUUUUUGE this season, if you have not noted yet). I barely use black in the spring/ summer- even when wearing black. And you know me, of course I have some leopard bags- specifically the Clare V. clutch below that I’ve had for years and use more than any other clutch I own!
So here is my round up of spring bags– some very affordable, some a little more of an investment. Click images for links, except those that have letters next to them . Those links are below the collage!
aw, i loved that bag then and still do now! i see accessories as art and prefer mine to be a unique expression…patricia fields was an absolute artist.
Love the Mansur Gavriel bucket bags – black with red interior for winter and canvas with brown leather trim for summer. Never change ‘em.
Neutral bag girl here, too! Although I have branched out over the past few years — and added a couple of deep navy bags (they are truly year-round bags) as well as an orange LV Epi Neverfull to my collection. BTW, the Epi leather is incredible — so durable and well worth the investment — my bag looks brand new.
Thanks for this post! It was a nice, calming distraction from these crazy times.
I almost always use a neutral bag, though for me, shades of blue have become neutrals too. I love my Sea Bags tote from Maine, which is covered in a map, and that is my summer bag. Seems to go with everything! Otherwise, if I am spending a lot, definitely neutral. (Doesn’t Sex and the City seem like ages ago?!)
OMG! So glad I’m not alone with my anger on that bag scene- I actually have to fast foward that part when it’s on!
I love all of your bag choices, have you seen that Coach brought back the classic styles? They are so refreshing!
I also hated this bag as a gift. I have always only bought neutrals since my first splurge bag, but as I get older, I wish I’d gone with some fun colors instead. Now, I am considering a pink or even a blue (which at least tends to pair nicely with denim).
I also like the Kate Pade Marguax in a neutral color, either the Mini or Medium. Kate Spade is not a brand I normally buy, but this is my one Spade bag. I keep thinking the Medium could make a great essentials only diaper bag.
Clearly meant Kate Spade. I have stressed out Friday afternoon mushy brain.
Remember that Patricia Fields was the costume designer for Sex in the City. Subtle and classic she wasn’t! She was a master of over the top. Beautiful neutrals like you featured on the blog today would never grab eyeballs the way she wanted them to…
Since I love neutrals, I’d definitely play on Team Erin…
I always try and keep things classic. That LV bag is an eyesore. If you are going to spend that much money, it better be something versatile!
OMG it’s like you’re reading my mind! Thank you for the round up!
You’re not alone. Loved Sex and the City but that bag was hideous. Just too much going on. My bags are always black or neutral. They just make life easier. Just grab and go. thanks for the inspiration
Thank you, thank you, thank you! This is exactly what I need right now. And I am a neutral bag girl as well.
You are not alone in your bag anger (banger?) about the SATC bag. That was a truly hideous choice – looks more like a white elephant gift than a gift from the heart. LV must have paid them a boatload for that placement.