It’s spring!! Well, at least in Taipei it is. Flowers are blooming and it’s warming up quickly. Time for some spring bags, right? Well…for some crazy and unknown reason, I moved to Taipei for an entire year with only one handbag  (and a floral backpack, but that doesn’t count). I don’t know what I was thinking, but at least I have an excuse to buy more bags? Not that I needed an excuse. So, these days I spend a lot of time scanning the internet for bags and scoping out handbag trends. There are lots, but I’ve narrowed it to 10 that I really love, so here are 10 handbag trends to try for spring and summer 2018!

1. Keep it simple with white bags


I just picked up a white saddle bag so I’m all over this trend. It’s a great neutral that isn’t black, and lightens things up for spring and summer. Here’s hoping I can keep it clean.

1. Mansur Gavriel,  $890   2. Twinset, $271   3. Topshop, $50

2. Garden party vibes with floral bags


How much more “spring” can you get? Floral says spring, to me and I’ve seen these babies everywhere. Now all I need is a garden party to attend (jk I will wear these anywhere).

1. Tory Burch, $805    2. Kate Spade, $148 (USD)    3. Aldo, $55

3. Channel your inner granny with wicker bags


Who doesn’t think of a granny when they think of wicker? Granny always does seem to know best though, and these give me such a beach-y and summer-y vibe, I want all of them. I just got back from Thailand and they were everywhere there and I’m kicking myself for not grabbing one.

1. Prada, $1,490 (USD)    2. Free People, $125   3. Urban Outfitters, $49 (USD)

4. Cotton candy, dreamy pastel shade bags


If my bag is the colour of cotton candy and ice cream, does it mean I’ll eat less of it? Probably not. Either way, can’t go wrong with pastels when it’s warm.

1. Simon Miller, $610 (USD)    2. Marc Ellis, $243     3. Sole Society, $67

5. Tassels


Tassels just give that extra kick to an otherwise simple purse and keep it fun and interesting. Can we take a sec to look at this Miu Miu bag? I am in love with it and want to marry it. I think it’s probably cooler than me though (not that the bar is that high).

1. Miu Miu, $2,651    2. Tory Burch, $298 (USD)    3. Charles Keith, $59 (USD)

6. Casual and practical bucket bags


Bucket bags have been around for awhile, but they’re still kicking, and for good reason. They’re super practical for the spring/summer season, since they can fit lots, and they’re casual and simple.

1. Simon Miller, $764     2. Matt & Nat, $150     3. Zara, $36

7. Bold, bright red bags


Love a good red bag. I can be pretty lazy about outfits so when I just want to wear a plain white shirt with jeans, a red bag is a needed splash of colour. I really have to give credit to my friend Josianne on this one though, she was on top of the red bags before we started seeing them in stores everywhere!

1. Elena Ghisellini, $791   2. Botkier, $240     3. Zara, $46

8. All that glitters isn’t gold… sometimes it’s an embellished bagchristian-louboutin-essential-antwerp-zara-handbags-purse-embellished-spring-summer-2018

Beaded, sequinned, embroidered, whatever you like, you’ll find. I’ve been seeing embellished bags everywhere and I am here for it. As I get older, I love more glittery things. Go figure.

1. Christian Louboutin, $1,190 (USD)     2. Essential Antwerp, $275     3. Zara, $26

9. Circle bags


Circle bags are everywhere right now. If you’ve been in a store, this is one of the handbag trends you’ve probably seen. For good reason, though. The silhouette is cute and easy to wear with anything.

1. Chloé, $1,525 (USD)     2., $121    3. Zara, $60

10. Super mini bags


You’re not fitting much more than your phone in these super mini bags, but really, what else do you need? When you have less space, you bring less crap you don’t need. Besides, these are so beautiful, I’m willing to forgo some extra space if I can have a cute little cat bag (yeah, I’m a cat lady).

1. Gucci, $790 (USD)   2. Kate Spade, $172    3. Asos, $24

Comment below if you’re already on top of these handbag trends for spring/summer 2018! Do you already have an old favourite bag for spring, or do you like to get a new one for the season?



  1. Felicity Chappell Reply

    Love your review on handbags Chelsea!! This Granny isn’t into wicker but love the glitter stuff!! I would actually love to buy one in each category! Just treated myself to a Coach though so I’ll have to wait a while!!

    • Chelsea Reply

      Oh thank you Felicity! It was fun to look for all these bags! I’ve got my eyes on the Chloe bag. A girl can dream!

      • Felicity Chappell Reply

        That Chloé bag is fabulous! Dream big…you never know!

    • Chelsea Reply

      Thank you! I did try to make it accessible for everyone! Thanks for noticing ❤️

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