The best bags this season are taking a turn for the ladylike. No more slouchy hobo shapes. Your wrists will get a break from clutches in favor of arching handles. And the bag swinging by your side or across your body will now offer a more structured shape that keeps the essentials inside more organized and looks great with spring's more relaxed, undone looks. Instead of something trendy, these pieces are ultimately throwbacks you'll appreciate for years to come; designers, after all, are the first to swing back toward sophisticated when things get a little too busy.
While often tucked under the arm, or slung saucily on the shoulders from many spring runways, these bags all seem slightly smaller than seasons past — a good thing, as tiny packages give you a bit more leeway to play with color, texture, and hardware. Whether it's Fendi's uptown-inspired neoprene tote or Topshop's mini leather purse (in a great, bold orange), here are twenty choices that will have you looking toward the future while nodding at the past.
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