Street Style: Summer 2009 Handbag Trends

The streets of New York make the perfect stomping ground for fashionable sisters to show off their unique style. This week ESSENCE.com hit the streets to find the latest handbag trends for summer.
ESSENCE.COM May, 28, 2009

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The streets of New York make the perfect runway for fashionable sisters to show off their unique style. This week we hit the block to find the hot handbag trends for summer.

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Getting a hot new bag for the summer is an easy and cost-effective way to update your look. Soft leather handbags in a fun pop of color is a big trend this season.

3 of 15 Jennifer Cooper

Name: Dorinda
Age: 21
Area of Residence: Bronx, New York
Fashion 411: “I go for bags that are young and trendy.”

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Name: Bruchin
Age: 24
Area of Residence: Zurich, Switzerland
Fashion 411: “I’m feelin’ the Miami style as you can see by my beach-chic-inspired bag.”

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5 of 15 Jennifer Cooper

Name: Christina
Age: 23
Area of Residence: Westchester, New York
Fashion 411: Fringed bags are a hot trend this summer. Take a cue from this streetwise fashionista.

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6 of 15 Jennifer Cooper

Name: Whitney
Age: 22
Area of Residence: Brooklyn
Fashion 411: Whitney is working the oversized slouchy handbag trend to the tee. Bags in neutral tones like tan, brown and beige are a great investment this season.

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Wondering what bag to take to the beach this summer? Totes created from woven straw materials are not only chic, but very durable.

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8 of 15 Jennifer Cooper

Name: Amma
Age: 40
Area of Residence: New York City
Fashion 411: “I like to keep it whimsical.”

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9 of 15 Jennifer Cooper

Name: Baizy
Age: 23
Area of Residence: West Village, New York
Fashion 411: If your summer is packed with dinners and dancing, then a grab-and-go handbag like the one pictured here is a necessity.

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10 of 15 Jennifer Cooper

Name: Felicia
Age: 43
Area of Residence: Bronx, New York
Fashion 411: “I like big bags with a bold statement,” say Felicia, who is carrying a Coach shoulder bag.

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Name: Nerissa
Age: 22
Location: Brooklyn
Diva-on-a-Dime Style: Reach out and clutch something this summer. One of our top bag picks this season are oversized clutches that are roomy enough for both day and night.

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12 of 15 Jennifer Cooper

Name: Jane
Age: 23
Area of Residence: Zurich, Switzerland
Fashion 411: “I need a bag that can carry a lot of things, so big handbags work better for me.”

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13 of 15 Jennifer Cooper

Name: Vivian
Age: 37
Area of Residence: New York City
Fashion 411: “My handbag needs to be loose and easy,” says Vivian, who is carrying an embossed Liz Claiborne bag.

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Name: Eni
Age: 28
Area of Residence: Toronto, Canada
Fashion 411: “Finding the right casual style will keep your look smart,” says Eni, who shows off the versatility of a bag that has both handles and a shoulder strap.

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Name: Claire
Age: 24
Area of Residence: Zurich, Switzerland
Fashion 411: “Bags with metal accents are cool.”

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