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What’s Hot In Spring?


Fashion victims beware: Accessories, especially handbags, will be colorful this spring. So make sure you look for trendy eye-catchers to accompany your outfit.

Blue snakeskin by Brahmin

This year’s spring season is all about prints, stripes, and bright colors when it comes to fashion, and a matching handbag is a definite must-have.

You can wear any kind of handbag, from clutches to satchels to shoulder bags, hobos and totes, as long as you pick the right color and shape. The 2013 spring/summer season concentrates on mostly single-colored or animal-print rectangular bags in all sizes and various bright colors. You can do both a long strap or short handle, but chain straps and buckles are the height of fashion.


Snakeskin clutch by Roberto Cavalli

Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar show the latest from this year’s spring fashion weeks in Paris, London, and New York and predict all types of green, blue, yellow and red. But as we know, you can never go wrong with black. If you want to make a statement, pick a bag with animal prints, such as snakeskin or alligator patterns. For evening bags you can go with silver and gold to make an iridescent appearance at every party.

Carnaby patent leather top handle by Marc Jacobs

Two stores where you can find a great selection of quality bags, wallets, and other accessories are: Bag and Baggage, Inc. in Greenville, Del. and Anni Prue Ltd. located in Glenn Mills, Pa. Both stores are family-owned businesses with years and years of experience within the field of fashion and designer accessories.

Bag and Baggage’s owner Jim McKenzie says, “The big trend this season seems to be color. Bright colors, blue, lime green, orange and animal prints. Snakeskin and alligator patterns are very popular. Also the cross-body style is very popular; it makes traveling or shopping much easier. Women want stylish, lightweight and durable handbags.” The store carries Brahmin, Baggallini, Eric Javits, and other well-known brands.

Bright bit patent leather top handle tote by Gucci

Stephanie Jablow, owner of Anni Prue, agrees with bright colors, saying, “green, yellow and light blue” and adds, “Clutches are a must-wear with summer dresses, and in general small handbags with short handles are also trendy.” The upscale ladies’ boutique carries head-to-toe dressing and bags from Jazzd, Vera Bradley, Sorial, and others.

So get out your colorful handbags and enjoy spring!