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Monday, March 30th 2009

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All winter I’ve been carrying my same old black handbag and black wallet. Yes, they’re classics, and yes, they’re functional, but I’ve been thinking about diversifying with something a little brighter, something with more personality. I came across a NYT article that sings the praises of candy-colored and floral-printed wallets for spring, and the featured See by Chloé wallet (which could double as a fun clutch for evening) inspired me to finally buckle down and scope out some other equally functional yet playful possibilities.

Handbags that can pull double duty as totes and shoulder bags have been pouring into shopbop lately, perfect for my summer self who loves to carry a book for spontaneous stops in the park and a lightweight cardi for cool evenings. The Foley + Corinna Mid City Tote is a classic favorite, and the tie-dye version plays with spring’s printed handbags trend (its refined take on the boho print will look great with a crocheted dress, or a lightweight blouse and faded flare jeans). An equally cheerful option is the Classic Q Huge Hillier Hobo (one of a passel of convertible Marc Jacobs bags in bright shades), which will help schlep all my stuff this summer and really pop against my black wool coat come next fall.

--Tonya

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