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Best handbag shapes to try for spring 2015

By: Julia McEwen

Author: Canadian Living

Fashion

Best handbag shapes to try for spring 2015

By: Julia McEwen

Although it's officially spring, let's be real: There's a good chance Canadians will be wearing winter coats for a few more weeks. But all is not lost. No matter the temperature, make it feel like a new season by swapping out your go-to winter purse for a new spring handbag. From playful circle bags to generous bucket bags, there's all manner of shapes to choose from.
Handbag shapes - circle bags
The shape: Circle
The circular bag trend gives a nod to the swinging '60s and '70s. The unexpected shape is fresh and playful while still looking sophisticated. Try a clutch or cross-body style to add interest and a sporty spirit to your everyday look.
 
Sunday Best Zafon cross-body bag in Prima Pink, $65, aritzia.com. Kenzo small circle shoulder bag, $280, ssense.com. Topshop snake print coin bag $53, shop.nordstrom.com.
Handbag shapes - Bucket bags

The shape: Bucket
The bucket bag has the sophistication of structure while still looking slouchy and effortless. Designers have elevated this style for spring with perforated leathers, fringe and tassel accents, and high-shine leathers, truly redefining this silhouette.
 
Helens bag in turquoise, $188, roots.com. Auxilary Chromy backpack in cognac, $350, aritzia.com. Milly Small Essexy Fringed leather bucket bag, $365, shop.nordstrom.com.
Rectangle handbags

The shape: Rectangle
Simple, lean, clean and totally rectangular sums up the boxy bag trend. Available in the always-convenient hands-free cross-body style, the shape also works in a refined clutch for evening.

Editor's Pouch in yellow and grey micro perforated, $198, elabyela.com. Fossil Preston cross-body bag, $115, thebay.com. North/South swing bag, $145, coach.com.
Tote bags

The shape: Tote
If you're looking to invest in a style that has staying power, then get tote-ally devoted to this bag shape. A vinyl or leather top-handled bag with ample space to stow your on-the-go life is a must, especially if you're a commuter.
 
Tassel leather shopper, $129, zara.com. Faux leather shopper, $40, hm.com/ca. Isbell Crosshatch leather shopper in Bright Pink, $275, tedbaker.com.

Duffle bags

The shape: Duffle
Not just for hitting the road or the gym, the elongated, closed shape of the duffle bag keeps your gear safer than an open-topped tote. Found in supple leather and in more petite sizing, this year's duffle is more polished than your gym bag ever will be.
 
Zara Terez Bumballz duffle bag, $86, shop.nordstrom.com. Cole Haan Isabella duffle satchel, $270, thebay.com. Vegan leather stud duffle bag, $50, dailylook.com.

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