Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Trendy Handbags

December 3rd, 2011

One of the major problems I seem to run into when creating our Gift Guides is that my list of wants grows exponentially as I hunt down the best handbag finds on the web. The focus of this guide are trendy bags. There are two types of trendy: wear-once pieces, and fun, yet wearable pieces.

I focused on the latter. These nine bags have all the right touches of current trends while still being great wardrobe staples. From colorblocking, to buckle detailing, to chunky hardware, if you are looking for a trendy bag for yourself or someone on your list our guide will have your answer:

Alexander Wang Kirsten Suede Tote | Price is $661.50 via ShopBop

A funky take on the classic black suede satchel, Alexander Wang spices the design up with buckle strap detailing all over the outside of the bag. Best part is this bag is currently marked down 30%.

Yves Saint Laurent Muse Two Small Tote | Price is $1,895 via Net-A-Porter

The Muse Two from Yves Saint Laurent could easily be put on our Classic Handbags gift guide, but I opted to go for the bold colorblocked version and include it in our Trendy guide. The red, navy, and sand leather will work with blacks and browns and can easily be dressed up or down.

Valentino Rockstud Leather Tote | Price is $2,895 via Net-A-Porter

Valentino decided to take a stab at slice of luxury purse buyers that love structure and class but have a punk rock side as well. I have always adored the shape of this tote and the studding is done just-right.

Givenchy Tricolor Medium Antigona Duffel | Price is $2,410 via Barneys

A great everyday bag, the colorblocking on this Givenchy bag is slight enough that you can wear it for years to come but adds a nicer touch than a simple single colored bag.

Prada Madras Shoulder Bag | Price is $1,670 via Saks

This Prada bag caught my attention because of its mod black plexi hardware. The black goatskin is offset with a coral hue on the front flap.

Chloe Sally Medium Shoulder Bag | Price is $1,995 via Saks

While there is a cloud and black version, the emerald option for this Chloe bag got my heart going pitter patter. Tranquil hues of blue and green adorn this bag that is ideal to sling over your shoulder and get on the go.

Gucci Soho Large Python Hobo Bag | Price is $3,900 via Saks

Python is always trendy, but this year it has been all the rage. Instead of a natural finish, I love how Gucci amped up the aesthetic appeal of this otherwise classic hobo with purple and blue touches.

Theyskens’ Theory Anen Mini Flap Bag | Price is $325 via ShopBop

You have to check out this bag for the crossed strap details! Leave it to Theyskens’ Theory to design a holster like finish to an otherwise simple flap bag. Save this bag for spring and summer to show the linen body accented by patent leather trim.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Bob’s Memphis Trip Shoulder Bag | Price is $298 via Saks

This bag is fun, young, and totally rocking the colorblocking trend. Marc Jacobs designed a bag that is big enough for day and small enough for night, in two colorways that are just right.

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