Handbag trends for Spring/Summer 2012

If you’re anything like us, you’re currently in the process of building a sweet summer wardrobe. Here’s a little inspiration to get things started.

The Spring/Summer 2012 runway shows were held last October, while we were stocking up on cozy sweaters and warm boots. So we think it’s time for a little refresher course.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing our top five picks from the S/S 2012 collections to help get your fashion juices flowing. This time around, we’re honing in on bags.

Sure, some ladies will pluck these luxe accessories right off the runway. But for those looking to pick up their new bag at the mall (or of course, on BTR), we have a few pointers to capture the catwalk look.

For silhouettes, go for structure all the way. Satchels and totes ruled – there wasn’t a slouchy hobo in sight. Clutches of all sizes had a very strong presence, so if your lifestyle allows it or if you’re willing to skimp on practicality, snap one up.

Snake print was absolutely everywhere, with alligator and croc coming in at a close second. Seen in both realistic colors and unexpected hues like lime and turquoise, reptile print is the look to go for this season, hands down.

Many designers went for mixed textures and materials – wicker, leather, and fabrics were blended in many collections. Choose a piece using this concept for a whimsical, unique look.

Check in with us next week for more up-to-the-minute trends that’ll have you looking divine as the temperature climbs!

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