Fashion trends: Linen shoes and bags

Mar 2, 2008 at 1:17 a.m. ET

March is here! Tuck away your tweed coats, wool sweaters and sheepskin boots, we can soon enjoy cotton, silk and one of my favorite fabrics - linen!

Linen is an elegant, durable fabric that can be used in nearly every type of clothing from pants to dresses to suits. Linen is made from flax and is the strongest of the vegetable fibers. Naturally, linen is an off-white color, varying from creamy white to light tan. However, it can be dyed any shade and the color won't fade when washed. What's great about linen is that it's a cool, breathable fabric that is perfect for warmer months. Though it does wrinkle easily, linen presses easily as well.

This season in addition to beautiful linen skirts and dresses, look for an array of stylish linen shoes and handbags. Here are a few of our linen favorites.

Linen Shoes

1. Kate Spade Hart Metallic Linen High Heel Pump
These sophisticated shoes come in a metallic linen fabric that is perfect for an evening affair. These sexy pumps have an open toe, slingback buckled strap and 3 3/4" heel. You can order them right now at from $295.

2. Cole Haan Air Nellie OT Linen Slingback Flat
Can you believe these chic shoes are actually made with the same Nike Air cushioning found in sneakers? Now you can be both comfortable and fashionable. The slingback style and open toe makes these cute shoes easy to wear. These flats are $175 at

3. Via Spiga Ceon Taupe Slingback
The combination of satin and linen creates a very elegant shoe. These slingbacks from Via Spiga are perfect for a night of dancing or a special date. You can find these shoes at for $188.95.

4. Isaac Mizrahi for Target Linen Kitten Heel
These inexpensive shoes are ideal for the office. The brown linen fabric will coordinate well with almost anything in your wardrobe. Both sexy and sensible, these kitten heels are a great buy at just $29.99 from

5. Joie Metallic Linen Flat
These adorable flats come either gold or silver metallic linen. With just a bit of shimmer, these wonderful shoes have an open-toe and cute contrasting ankle strap. These flats are available at for $255.

6. Stuart Weitzman Linen Peep-Toe Pump
These simple but stylish pumps feature a crisscross vamp and a 3 1/4" stacked wooden heel. These shoes come in both beige and black linen. They are perfect for everyday wear. These Stuart Weitzman peep-toe pumps are $285 from

Linen Handbags

1. Stuart Weitzman Sway White Cruise Linen Handbag
This bag is funky and fun. The multicolored pattern is perfect for the warm-weather months. These bold, bright colors are a great way to liven up a neutral outfit. This bag is a little pricey at $395 from

2. Sigrid Olsen Britta Linen Tote
This adorable shoulder bag is made from linen fabric with leather trim. This bag is a great size. It's big enough to hold all your essentials, but not oversized. You can get this bag on sale at right now for $169.60.

3. Dolce & Gabbana Linen & Patent Tote
This tote bag is definitely a luxury choice at $920. Featuring a combination of beige linen and white patent leather, this designer bag is perfect for springtime. Order it now from

4. Lauren Merkin Louise Glittered Linen Clutch
Though this handbag offers a simple shape, it also has a lot of style. The clutch features a pleated front and comes in natural tan, turquoise (pictured) and hot pink glittered linen. It's perfect for a spring party! You can get this bag at for $180.

5. Gustto Estiva Linen Beach Bag
Carry this bag to the beach, shopping or just about anywhere else. The drawstring style, leather trim and goldtone grommets add a little flavor to this linen bag. You can order it right now at Bloomingdale's for $360.

6. Eileen West Lucia Linen Tote
Made from linen accented with black leather, this handbag is perfect for everyday use. It features double handles, outside pockets and plenty of room inside. Also included is a coordinating change purse that tucks inside on a chain. You can get this simple yet stylish bag at for $328.