With the right on trend bag you can easily update an entire look for spring/summer 2014. Find out which bags are in and which are out in the following months and you’ll be on your way to getting a fresh look that really works for you, but still feels news and exciting.

Discover the most important spring 2014 handbag trends and figure out how to include them in your new looks for the season. If you’re lucky, you already have all the handbags you need to showcase the fresh trends and always showcase your style the right way.

White Bags

If you love a pristine looking handbag, you’re in luck. While is one of the biggest spring 2014 handbag trends. 

White Chanel Bag
White Bag Trends 2014

Featured in Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Mulberry, Michael Kors and many more important collections, white bags in all shapes and sizes are a must. If you’re not really into all white, go for a black and white combo, as seen in the runway show of the Victoria Beckham S/S 14 collection.

Boho Bags
Boho Bags Spring 2014 Anna Sui
Boho Bags Spring 2014 Tory Burch

Big enough to fit all the things you need to carry around, but still stylish and fresh, the boho bag has really made a big splash for this season. It’s been the star of collections from designers like Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs and Tori Burch. Go for pastels or prints if you really want a statement piece. Another big trend is the prominent top handle (or even double handles).

Large Clutches
Maxi Clutch Spring 2014 Fendi
Large Clutch Spring 2014 Helmut Lang

One of the biggest spring 2014 handbag trends is the large clutch, usually colorful and with a slight matchy-matchy look. If you’re looking for a feminine but structured look, this is a right choice. Seen on the runway as part of Fendi, Nina Ricci and Helmut Lang collections, large clutches are the right way to go this spring.

Embroidered Clutches
Embroidered Bags Spring 2014 Mulberry
Embroidered Bags Spring 2014 Nina Ricci

If you’re looking for that special statement piece in evening wear, embroidered clutches are your best bet this season. Featured in Chanel, Mulberry and Nina Ricci collections, delicate embroidery turns any handbag into a stunning accessory that you want to wear every day, despite the limited room for the things you actually need to carry in your bag.

Shoulder Straps
Shoulder Straps Spring 2014 Gucci
Shoulder Straps Spring 2014 Chloe

Even though top handles are one of the biggest spring 2014 handbag trends, designers have really pushed functionality this season by adding the detachable shoulder strap even for bigger bags. As seen on the runway in Gucci, Chloe and Junya Watanabe collections, shoulder straps are trendy again, so don’t miss out this spring.

Soft Clutches
Soft Clutch Spring 2014 Burberry

If you were never a big fan of the structured clutch, you can enjoy a different look this season. Fendi and Burberry Prorsum have showcased the slouchy clutch, but you don’t have to go for a truly shapeless bag. Simply go for a softer edge for clutches, including softer fabrics that really turn this accessory into a special way to get a trendy look.

Bold Colors
Radiant Orchid Spring 2014 Max Mara

If white and black aren’t your thing and pastels for spring feel obvious, you can go for a brighter and bolder look. Start with “Radiant Orchid”, Pantone’s Color of the Year, or go even more edgier with hot orange, bright green or other warm and bright shades. While Michael Kors and other designers have gone for the green and yellow looks, bright reds are very much a part of the spring 2014 handbag trends.

Bucket Bags
Bucket Bag Spring 2014 Moschino

The slouchy trend isn’t just clutches. If you like duffles or bucket bags you’re in luck. Wear them on your shoulder for an easy going look that’s still sophisticated. Look to Karl Lagerfeld and Victoria Beckham for inspiration when it comes to these trendy pieces.

Exotic Animal Skins
Exotic Bags Spring 2014 Dior

Keeping your fashion cruelty free doesn’t mean that you have to give up the beautifully embossed look featured on the runway by Anya Hindmarch and Dior, among other big names. Go for faux and choose the more exciting and exotic looks if you want to sport one of the big Spring 2014 handbag trends.

Printed Handbags
Printed Bag Spring 2014 Chanel

Whether you’re going for satchels, totes or smaller clutches, don’t be afraid to try a bold print. Make a statement with your bag or go for the exotic look without the faux animal skins, by choosing a bag in an unusual print. For maximum impact, go for a jungle theme, like the bags seen in the Hermes S/S 14 collection.

Photos: WWD