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5 Must-have bags for spring

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Essential spring handbag styles

Spring is here, and with it comes a big change in fashion: Hot pants, jumpsuits and ruffled dresses are on trend this season. Complement these pieces with accessories in bright hues, unique fabrics and cool prints. A new handbag can update your look instantly. This spring, shop for one of these hot handbag styles to give your wardrobe a lift.

Mid-sized shoulder bagsEssential spring handbag styles

If you have grown tired of oversized satchels and teeny-tiny clutches, you're in luck. This season, the mid-sized shoulder bag is a must-have. These bags are perfect for everyday use. And just because they're practical doesn't mean they aren't stylish. Look for shoulder bags and hobos in glossy patent leather, funky floral prints and rich perforated leather.

(Pictured: Botkier, $177)



Denim handbagsEssential spring handbag styles

Denim isn't just for blue jeans this spring. Denim bags are trendy now in every shape and size imaginable. From distressed leather clutches to dark denim hobos, women will be embracing the denim trend from the boardroom to the beach. Designers including Lanvin, Valentino, Botkier and Prada have created beautiful denim hobos, totes and shoulder bags.

(Pictured: BCBGeneration, $118)



Tribal inspirationEssential spring handbag styles

The tribal trend hasn't really gone away, and this spring, it is at the forefront once again. Look for handbags with beading, tribal patterns and lots of fringe. In fact, fringe will be everywhere again this season. Look for slouchy hobos with fringe accents and large totes with allover fringe.

(Pictured: Diane Von Furtsenberg, $675)




Straw bagsEssential spring handbag styles

Straw handbags are perfect for springtime. And this year, it's not just casual straw totes: Look for more sophisticated styles in straw, such framed clutches and satchels. Natural straw bags are the most versatile choice, but also consider colored straw in bold shades of yellow, orange, green and pink.

Pair these purses with casual wear (hot pants and tees), pretty white eyelet dresses and floral print frocks.

(Pictured: Kate Spade, $245)



BackpacksEssential spring handbag styles

The backpack is back! And not just for students and tourists. Some of today's top designers are creating city-chic backpacks from spring. From the Louis Vuitton runway to the Scottsdale city streets, we'll be seeing backpacks in rich leather, fun colors and unique prints. One big advantage of the backpack is that you can keep your hands free. They're also a terrific alternative to the diaper bag for hip moms.

(Pictured: Prada, $585)

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