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Which Of These 5 It-Bags Will You Try This Spring?

This season's hottest handbags.

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The SS17 runways brought us all sorts of exquisite bags in a huge variety of shapes, colors and prints. In the months that have passed since the biggest fashion event of the year, we've seen some trends take off and others fall by the wayside: the mini bag was immediately adopted by the fashion set, while other style updates have been more subtle. 

From eco-friendly to OTT, here are the 5 bags we predict will be bigger (or smaller) than ever this summer: 

1) Valentino SS17 (image: Vogue.com) 2) Chanel SS17 (image: Wwd.com)

If you’re the kind of woman who carries around the bear minimum, then this is the best option for you. We saw mini bags on the runways of everyone from Valentino and Chanel to Chloé and Hèrmes, taking the form of tiny, toy robots, matchboxes and lipstick cases – as well as several micro-sized versions of classic designs. You can loop them around your wrist, wear them on your belt or even as a comically small backpack, à la Rihanna

1) Balenciaga SS17 (image: Businessoffashion.com) 2) Céline SS17 (image: Vogue.com)

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the more-is-more approach is perfect for those of us who need to be ready for anything the working week might throw at us – meaning we need to carry our entire lives around wherever we go. Luckily, Demna Gvasalia's first collection for Balenciaga caused a big bag sensation with its luxury laundry bags, and the designer continued to push the maximalist trend with squat, footstool-sized accessories on the SS17 runway last year. Needless to say, it's been a hit with the fashion set and an inspiration to several other designers – we're looking at you, Céline.

1) Seamsforadesire.com 2) Littleblondebook.com

Even though it's only just spring, we've already seen bloggers and influencers sporting a charming basket bag this season – and we're sure the trend is only going to continue as the temperature rises. Whether you prefer an understated, woven shopper style or a pom pom-embellished statement bag, remember that a basket is not just for picnics. 

Marni SS17 (images: Businessoffashion.com)

It's a slow-burner, but with the wave of '00s trends that are coming back into the forefront, we're certain that sooner or later the drawstring bag will hit it big. We spotted several iterations of the classic on the Marni runway that had updated the classically lightweight design with soft leathers and sturdy ropes as the main components. One of these beauties would make a perfect beach companion this summer, with enough room to fit your swimsuit and towel without looking too bulky. 

1) Thom Browne SS17 (image: Vogue.com) 2) Lanvin SS17 (image: Vogue.com)

If you're all about making a statement and letting the world know you're a real fashionista, then this is sure to be your number one bag trend for the summer. For the animal lovers among us, look no further than Thom Browne's dog-shaped handbag, and Moschino's signature teddybear to add to your collection. But if you're looking to make a more refined statement, we saw plenty of jungle prints, chains, fur accents, fringing and tassels in the collections of Lanvin, Monique Lhuillier and J.W. Anderson, to name a few. 

Check out our selection of 19 bags for spring that could be the next big thing:
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Cooperative Icon Pouch - $12
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Foldaway Tote Bag - $20
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Roseanne Straw Bucket Bag - $49
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Kendall + Kylie Blush Top Handle Mini Tote Bag - $398
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Pink Feather Clutch Bag - $45
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Holo Cat Molly Backpack - $55
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7/19
Whimsies Unicorn Balloon Clutch €560.00
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River Island Scarf Print Tote - $61
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Nola Studded Mini Crossbody Bag - $24
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Babou Bag - $92
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Nude Croc Embossed Cross Body Bag - $36
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12/19
Glamorous Straw Bag With Pom Pom Detail - $43
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Unicorn Magic Glitter Clutch - $55
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Londunn + Missguided Black Faux Leather Drawstring Bag - $27.00
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Spice Things Up Camera Bag - €505
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Fringed Leather Bucket Bag - $119.00
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Raey Bag - $96
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Skinnydip Faux Snake Large Tote Bag - $58
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Black Tassel Rita Clutch Bag - $45
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