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Top 10 Handbag Trends 2013

Updated on September 10, 2014

Top Purses for 2013

Featuring in this page is a selection of the top 10 handbag trends for 2013. Because of the great popularity of our Top 10 jewelry trends articles we decided to go a step further and keep you updated on the yearly handbag trends as well. Yes you asked... So YOU GOT IT! Feel free to browse this page and indulge on a variety of clutches, wallets, totes, shoulder bags and more.

Be sure scroll down and check out this amazing top 10 handbag trend countdown. But wait... we will release 2 trends every 2 months starting on August 2012. The reason why I don't release them all in once is because I do take a lot of time researching and defining each trend as I analyze fashion shows, collections, magazine trends and more... So stop by as often as you can so you can be on top of 2013 accessories tendencies.

Featuring in this picture is 2 Gold Clutches from Michaels Kors Resort 2013 collections.

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Tiny Messenger Bags Michaels Kors
Tiny Messenger Bags Michaels Kors

10 - Tiny and Dainty messenger bags

The first trend that I noticed for 2013 is the come back of the messenger bags, however this year they are coming back tiny and dainty. This little bags can be very fun and very useful for going out to dance, bars or any other crowded public place where you only need to take few little things like, money, ID, credit cards and few lady items. Very young, this trend is going to catch up really fast with the younger crowd and few moms that are often on the go and need a practical little purse to carry around seamlessly.

In this picture I feature a set of 3 Michaels Kors "Gia" tiny cross body bags that are not only fun but also in trend with its bright colors.

Mulberry Winter 2013 Tassel Collection Handbag
Mulberry Winter 2013 Tassel Collection Handbag

9 - Furry & Cozy Handbags

The start of the year is marked by the winter season and with it comes the winter textures. Fur or faux fur are always in fashion for the winter season, but this year we see that designers are capitalizing on this trend and are creating a full collection of fussy and cozy handbags. If you are looking to update your winter handbag you can most certainly purchase a design that incorporate fur. This year they will see a great selection of fur bags in the classic colors such as black and brown, leopard and zebra, but you will also see that designers have been more creative and are creating fur bags with colorful designs as well. So be sure to grab a purse that will keep you cozy and in style in the year of 2013, since they are classics you can invest on a more expensive piece since you can wear them on winter no matter which year we are. the great thing about 2013 is that you will find an amazing selection of fur bags for you to pick and choose from.

Picture features a Mulberry Autumn-Winter 2013 Tassel Collection Tote bag

2013 Trend Alert

TREND ALERT!!!!
TREND ALERT!!!!
Yves Saint Laurent Clutch pop of color
Yves Saint Laurent Clutch pop of color

8 - Strong Color Contrast

Strong color contrast in a bag is a great way to introduce color to an outfit and in 2013 a color pop in your handbag is simply a must. In addition this season is all about being "matchy" "matchy", so if you purchase a handbag that has a pop of color, you can also pick a show to match or to complement the color of your handbag so you can enhance the "pop of color" look and feel of your outfit. In case you are picking a pop of color handbag, be sure to pick one that has a classic main color such as brown, black, white or beige and that the pop of color complement the main classic tone you pick.

In this picture we feature a Yves Saint Laurent clutch featured in 2013 spring collection. This clutch is a great purse that will transition from day to night as well as from summer to winter as well.

Yves-Saint-Laurent document clutch
Yves-Saint-Laurent document clutch

7 - The Document clutch

Another great handbag trend picking up in 2013 is the document clutch. This oversize clutch is not only an accessory that will give an impact to any simple outfit but also will be able to fit all the goodies you need in the bag, such as your smartphone, documents and credit cards as well as few make up items. Make sure to grab one for the year of 2013 but be sure to grab a piece that can be transformed from a cluth into a purse or shoulder bag. By having the additional straps you can always transform the bag in case you need something a little more practical for the day time. A good suggestion is to pick a more sophisticated piece that can be worn during the day with straps but can also transition into nighttime and without straps could be worn for a party or an event.

In this picture we feature an autumn 2013 Yves Saint Laurent blueberry leather document travel bag found on Blue Fly

Below: Michael Kors Calf Hair Genuine Black Leather Flap Cheetah Animal Print Clutch W Shoulder Strap

TREND ALERT! Hot Handbag Designer for 2013

TORI BURCH

Dolce &Gabbana Needlepoint baroque bag
Dolce &Gabbana Needlepoint baroque bag

6 - Baroque inspired bags

Another amazing trend coming up for the year of 2013 is the Baroque inspired handbags. This type of ornate bags are great for a feminine women looking for a vintage inspired look. Very ornate and often with handcrafted details a baroque inspired bag will give a vintage look to any contemporary outfit. This gorgeous Dolce and Gabbana Needlepoint bag fits with the ornate baroque style and will give an outfit a sweet vintage look but at the same time it keeps it very sophisticated. This gorgeous bag can be found at Nordstrom in both black as well as white.

Channel Huge Hula Hoop Handbag
Channel Huge Hula Hoop Handbag

5. Ergonomic Bags ( Term coined by me, the writer... )

I am truly inspired by the latest Chanel handbag collection that I had to create a whole new category for this one. I call it the Ergonomic bags, simply because the bag itself takes its shape from a geometric form. Very rounded, this bag is meant to fit within a circle and it almost embraces the shape of our bodies. In my opinion there is nothing in the fashion world that as innovative as this Chanel bag can be! This Huge Chanel Hula Hoop Handbag has truly been a great success in the runway shows and I cannot wait for street versions of it to start to Pop out all around in 2013. I cannot wait to get my hands on one.

Check out this amazing bag on The runway!

Karl Lagerfeld's Newest Chanel Bag Looks Like A Hula-Hoop. Take a look at his runway 2013 show and check out his innovative handbag creation.

Chanel Hula Hoop Handbag - Small Version so Hot for 2013 - I want it!!!

Chanel Hula Hoop Handbag - Small Version so Hot for 2013 - I want it!!!
Chanel Hula Hoop Handbag - Small Version so Hot for 2013 - I want it!!!
Tory Burch 2013 Megan Sanchel
Tory Burch 2013 Megan Sanchel

4. Handbags that incorporate Metals Chain and Straps

In 2013 metals such as gold, rose gold and silver are being incorporated into belts, handbags, shoes and other accessories and you can be sure to be in trend by purchasing a handbag that has some sort of metal detail. A metal clutch and a day bag with metal chains or handles are a must! In addition the presence of large metal buckles and logos are also so in. No matter which metal element or color you are looking for, be sure to grab a bag that has this type of detail and wear it with other accessories that will complement the piece to draw attention to pieces.

In this picture we feature a Megan Sanchel Handbag from my favorite handbag designer of the year Tory Burch.

3. Geometric Handbags

For 2013 Geometric fabrics, textures and shapes are back. You can see a geometric and graphic influence not only in fashion but also in accessories and home décor as well. Repetition of shapes, strong angles and curves are one of the ways you can incorporate a geometric feature into a handbag. So be sure to grab a handbag that has a geometric feature for 2013 and you will be totally in trend.

In our picture we feature a great geometric handbag designed and created Proenza Schouler. You can find her 2013 collection on her official web site: Proenzaschouler.com

Geometric Handbag
Geometric Handbag
Mark Jacobs quilted bag
Mark Jacobs quilted bag

2 - Quilted Purses

The classic channel quilted elegant look is always in if you are a Channel fan, but these days you do not need to spend a fortune to enjoy this elegant and recognizable look as many designers are creating their own versions for 2013. In addition to having more options when it comes to price point you will also see the quilted purses in a variety of colors, shapes and details that we have never seen before. In this picture for example we feature a Marc Jacobs Quilted Westside black handbag that is considerably more affordable than the classic Channel and still has the quality in finishings that you are looking for

1 - Equestrian Influence in Bags

Equestrian trends have always influenced shoe and hat designers, but for 2013 the Equestrian influence has transcended into the world of purses and handbags. Deep earth tones, animal textures and metal finishes that resembles objects that you find in a stable are among the ways designers are incorporating the equestrian look into their handbag designs. If you are looking for an equestrian inspired bag you will need to pay attention to the details and most importantly the structure of the bag. In addition the equestrian design bags are simply great for winter as you can often complement the look with a matching equestrian boot and leggings.

In this picture we feature Reece Hudson Spring 2013 Hanfdbag

Which one is your Favorite handbag trend for 2013?

Which one is your Favorite handbag trend for 2013?

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      Michelle Mafra 3 years ago from Corona CA

      @anonymous: Thank you very much for your complement. I am so happy you found it useful, that makes me really happy.

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      Michelle Mafra 3 years ago from Corona CA

      @momsANDkids: Thank you. As long as you have few classic pieces you are good to go!

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      Michelle Mafra 3 years ago from Corona CA

      @Jamesto233 LM: Thank you!!!!

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      Michelle Mafra 3 years ago from Corona CA

      @anonymous: You are welcome. So happy you enjoyed it!

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      Michelle Mafra 3 years ago from Corona CA

      @anonymous: Thank you!

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      Michelle Mafra 3 years ago from Corona CA

      @coyahud: Glad you do:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a great collection. I'm going to try some of these color combinations at carrylovely.

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      bagbag lm 4 years ago

      I like this lense

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great article for assessing what to buy.

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      momsANDkids 4 years ago

      Great collection. I like the baroque inspired the most.

      I do not buy new bags often though and I do not keep many, three is enough

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      Jamesto233 LM 4 years ago

      Love to read this

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good to read about the latest trends. Like those smaller messenger bags.

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      @anonymous: Thank you! still working on it and making sure that all trends are captured. Already gathering material for 2014.

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      @gracelowau: You are welcome! I am happy you liked it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      good article. thank you for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Lovely article

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love most of the bags especially the little messenger bags. Good article!

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      @bagbag lm: Thank you!

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      coyahud 4 years ago

      i like about women stuff

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      gracelowau 4 years ago

      A very nice showcase of bags. Thanks for the beautiful lens.

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      @mari-jungstet: I know! Me toooo! i always end up buying a few each season :)

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      @anonymous: It is almost there! 1 more trend to release only!

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      @Sisi-cfield LM: Glad you liked it!

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      happy20091010 4 years ago

      love the bags, want to custom bags on http://www.fashionhandbagsline.com??

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      @anonymous: Happy:)

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      @anonymous: Thank you! I am glad you let me know. i just corrected that one typo:)

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      @anonymous: glad you liked it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Layla-burker: chanel

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      bagbag lm 4 years ago

      oeh nice lens

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      mari-jungstet 4 years ago

      oh lovely, getting itchy over here!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I can't wait to see u release all collection!!!

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      Sisi-cfield LM 4 years ago

      cute

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      @anonymous: I am glad you liked it! I can't wait to release all the trends

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      Michelle Mafra 4 years ago from Corona CA

      @Layla-burker: Thank you for the Tip! Loved the bag:)

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      Layla-burker 4 years ago

      There is a new handbag in 2013 of chanel coming out, called the hula loop bag. Is actually a big round bag.

      Layla

      Chanel or Hermes?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love it:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      good info!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      good, Very useful!