Our clothing choices change according to the seasons, so naturally our handbag styles should as well. The light colors and gauzy fabrics of summer give way to thicker layers in autumn and heavier coats in winter, and it’s important to keep up with the seasonal style factors with a bag that reflects your unique style and good taste. There’s no better gift for yourself or a friend than a beautiful handbag, but it’s important to make the right choice. Read on to find out more about the best options for every season.
Bags for Autumn
We’re just going into this transitional season, and that means it’s time to trade those fun summer bags for something a bit more refined. Go with slightly darker colors and fabrics that are just a bit heavier. Tweed and canvas are great options. You’ll also want your handbag color choices to become slightly more somber – think dark greens, soft browns and rich blues. Of course you can also take advantage of patterns like plaids, but a single-color bag is much more versatile.
Elegant Winter Bags
Winter is the time to get your biggest bags in the richest materials. Thick coats, jackets and scarves will simply swallow a too-small bag, and you’ll also want to have room to store those extra gloves or warm hats. Go with black or dark brown leather, bags with longer straps and elegant hardware like brass buckles. You may also want to consider a waterproof bag or one with waterproof interior pockets. This is especially important if you’ll be carrying equipment like a tablet or laptop.
Moving into Spring
For many of us, spring can’t come quickly enough. It can feel great to shed a few layers and really come out of hiding, and this is a great opportunity to add some color back into your wardrobe. Work a jewel-toned or pastel purse into your look. It can be matched to some stylish sandals or pretty flats.
You can also go for spring-themed inspiration, with themes like flowers and birds. These can really offer a great contrast to your drab winter-wear.
Fun Summer Bags
Even if you don’t live in the hottest place in the world or next to a beach, you can certainly take a cue from tropical getaways like Hawaii or Mexico. Grab a large beach tote, or a brightly colored cotton shoulder bag. These can add just the right amount of casual flair. Look for fabrics like light canvas, straw, cotton and hemp. These make for great slouchy hobo bags. You can also really let loose with color during summer – the sky is the limit! This is the only time of the year when bright colors seem to work well on everyone.
For work or to complete a more streamlined look, you can easily turn to white, tan or light grey leather bags to keep you looking easy and breezy.
About this guest author: Sonia Moran is a fashionista and mother of two, with a passion for beautiful handbags and shoes. She is also an image consultant and personal stylist and has worked with a number of A-list celebrities. In her free time she enjoys searching for vintage fashion finds, writing poetry and fashion how-to’s. She is also a freelance writer for www.chapmanbags.com.