These practical fashion accessories are getting a makeover for the spring/summer season.
By Ashley Probst
Handbags are a must-have accessory for bustling fashionistas. Luckily, an abundance of shapes and styles have been seen all over runways for the spring/summer season.
“The best thing about a great handbag is that it can work with any outfit,” says April Rand, stylist at the Elyse Walker shop at Lido Marina Village. “Whether someone is ready to perfectly complete a bold new look or fun pattern, or if they would rather lean into a more neutral style and let the handbag speak for itself, it’s always a win.”
High-end designers have featured the likes of woven shoulder bags, vegan leather pieces, crescent moon shapes, oversize totes, metal hardware detailing and vintage-inspired looks. Another trend that has caught the eye of Bernadette Bowman, personal stylist at Macy’s Fashion Island, is bright colors, especially in totes, backpacks and crossbody bags.
“As the personal stylist, this is a fun way to encourage my Newport Beach clients to step out of the box and take the plunge into color, especially with spring and summer just around the corner,” Bowman says. “… Handbags have become a statement all their own and my more traditional clients love having more fun by becoming bold in their choices.”
Out of all these trends, Bowman is drawn to crossbody bags, which she describes as convenient, stylish and versatile. She also personally loves to use a backpack for business meetings, a large tote for beach days and a classy clutch for date night. Rand also turns to the latter two—as well as micro bags—for running errands or to elevate work outfits.
“Every look deserves a handbag, which is why there are so many great styles from which to choose. It completes the look,” Rand says. “Invest in your accessories, especially your handbags. A well-made bag will last for years.”
When it comes to styling these accessories, Bowman advises finding balance by pairing more delicate handbags with chunky shoes like lug-sole boots or platforms, which are also on-trend. That said, she doesn’t believe there are any specific do’s or don’ts when it comes to modern fashion.
“We can express and own our individuality through our style. I’ve seen flowy sundresses paired with a backpack—guilty—[or] oversized flannel shirts, boyfriend denim and lug boots with a pop-of-color crossbody,” Bowman says. “… Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Start with a new, bold handbag and work your way up to more pieces of your wardrobe. It’s fun.”
Regardless of your taste or the occasion for which you’re styling an outfit, there is certainly a handbag that will serve as the perfect accessory for your ensemble.
Newport Beach shops offer options for on-trend handbags and totes.