If there is one item that it is perfectly justified for you to splash out a little in the new season, it’s a beautiful bag. Switching your bag can completely transform an outfit – updating it in an instant. So here’s a brief round-up of the 10 best designer handbags for women – 2013
10. Eagle Creek Travel Gear Claudia Cross-Body Day Bag
The messenger bag has come back, only this time it’s little and dainty. These little bags are fun and useful if you’re going out to dance, or to a bar, or any other crowded public place where you only want to have a few things on hand. Perfect for young people and mothers who are on the go – or indeed anyone who just needs a practical little bag that they can carry a few essentials in. This particular brand costs $52.
9. New Brahmin Kelsey Black Leopard Faux Fur Leather handbag
While fur makes most people think of winter, the leather outline on this example of a deep handbag makes it a practical choice for this summer. Its bold colours help make it stand out, while still being smart enough for the office or formal occasion. It costs $100.
8. Gucci Jackie vintage red/black handbag
Strong colour contrast in a bag is a great way to introduce a splash of colour to an outfit, and in summer 2013 a bit of colour in your handbag is simply a must. Though be sure to match this with your shoes, as matching themes are also a big thing this year. This bag costs $380.
7. Yves Saint Laurent Black Patent Leather Clutch
One of the great trends of this summer is the document clutch. This oversize clutch is not only an accessory which gives an impact to any simple outfit, but it is also large enough to allow you to fit all the goodies you need in the bag – smartphone, documents, credit cards along with those essential items of makeup. This also has the advantage of being able to transform into a purse or shoulder bag by the simple addition of a couple of straps – making it practical as well as smart. This bag costs $545.
6. Vera Bradley Little Hipster
One of the must-haves of this year, this designer handbag is inspired by Baroque styles. It is perfect for those who love the vintage look, but require a touch more sophistication to go along with it. It is a wonderfully colourful bag, with brilliant floral patterns on a dark brown background. It costs $43.
5. Chanel Hula Hoop Handbag – small version
I am truly inspired by the latest Chanel range of handbags. The bag takes shape from a geometric form. This is a highly innovative look, and while the large version may be a little impractical for day-to-day use, the small version is absolutely perfect for those occasions when you don’t want or need to be carrying a lot around with you. For the woman who wants to be at the cutting edge of design, this handbag is perfect for this summer. This bag costs $1500.
4. M Missoni Metallic Silver and Beige Chevron Printed Chain Strap Bag
Incorporating metals into belts, handbags and other accessories is a trend which is likely to last throughout 2013, but the extra sunlight during summer gives these bags that extra bit of sparkle. This bag costs $19.49.
Easily deserving a place on any list of the best designer handbags for women this summer, this bag taps into one of the big trends of this year – geometric shapes. Repetition of shapes, strong angles and curves help draw the eye to this catchy bag. It costs $25.50.
2. Mango Women’s Quilted Shoulder Bag
The classic channel quilted elegant look is back, although now you don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy this elegant and easily recognisable look. Perfect for the woman who feels the Baroque style mentioned above is a bit too bright, but still wants to tap into the vintage style. It costs $39.99.
It’s no secret that shoe and hat designers love taking inspiration from equestrian trends. This summer, however, the influence has finally transferred into handbags. Deep earth tones and metal finishes reminiscent of items found in a stable make this bag wonderful for those long summer afternoons at the races. It costs $37.99. Every woman knows that the right handbag can make or break their outfit. So there you have the 10 absolute best designer handbags for women to buy this summer, and for a range of budgets. Just remember to not limit yourself to one. Everyone deserves a touch of luxury in their life!