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This season's bags are colourful in all shapes and sizes.
If you carry day-to-day essentials, why not brighten your load by choosing a new bag that's sure to embellish your personal style?
"Spring-summer handbag trends are all about floral, striped, polka dot and exotic snake and python prints in bright, pastel and neon colour palettes," says Lea Monaco, a national spokesperson for Aldo.
Follow the lead of designers such as Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade and others and stash your necessities in messenger-style bags, oversized clutches, satchels and totes in vibrant hues of red, orange, emerald green, fuchsia, lemon, lime and cobalt blue.
If you're feeling especially bright, go all out for colour with high-voltage neon and colour-blocked bags, many of which also combine mixed materials and other fancy features, like decorative chains and zippers, fancy locks and other hardware accents.
If you prefer a more understated look, soft colours and icy hues also speak to the trends and tie in well with fashion's penchant for sherbet, pastel and nude colours.
"This season we're seeing a lot of neutral tones such as cimento (an ashy, concrete colour), ice and light camel in both leather and fabric, which helps to keep your look light and refreshing for the hotter months," says Johanne Boivin, the designer of Quebec-based JOANEL bags. "My customers increasingly request the quality and environmental sustainability of leather bags and also asked for smaller, lighter bags made of materials like fabric and linen this spring and summer."
Other light bags include those in pastel shades of mint green, seafoam blue and blush pink, as well as a full range of sherbet like orange and lemon shades. Candy coral and bright rose are also on cue, with many of the season's favourite colours appearing in two-toned and colour-blocked bags of all shapes and sizes, which are also seen in modern, offbeat colour selections such as apricot and mint or beige and turquoise. Classic duo-tones such as black and white or brown and black also retain currency.
"Our spring (bag) colours are light, fresh and bright. Pastel shades including apricot, baby pink, pale green and lake blue are part of the equation, as are fluorescent decorations and special patterns, including colourful python and floral prints," says designer WeiWei Chang of Gaya, a Vancouver-based bags company.
According to Chang, Gaya's spring collection is inspired by the casual, playful 1960s fashion scene.
"Geometric shapes and colours have found their way onto our totes and shoulder bags, satchels, handheld bags and clutches," adds Chang.
Utilitarian shoulder and messenger bags may be updated by multiple straps and fancy buckles, along with novelty colours and patterns.
Classic woven leather bags with details like ruffled trim, embossed patterns, pleating and gathering are among the many other styles at hand.