Carry The Rainbow: The Handbag Color Trends You Need To Know

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
We like to think we shop with our brains, aware of the holes we need to fill in our closets and the statements we'll be making with our purchases. But then sometimes we come across a truly irresistible hue or pattern, and something else entirely takes over. "ME WANT," it says. "SO PRETTY."

But our mind and our senses don't necessarily have to be at odds. While we're in the market for a new fall bag (and jacket and party dress...) the last thing our wardrobe needs is another black satchel or brown tote. Instead, we're going for the unexpected pop of color that'll dress up even our most lazy-day outfits — and this year there's a veritable rainbow of fresh hues to pick from.

There's the lilac paving the way for fall pastels, the blush that's giving proper pink a break for the season, the burgundy that's richer and more vibrant than the shade of oxblood you remember, and the mustard that's not only a great condiment but also a great complement to our existing wardrobe. We rounded up the six handbag hues you need to know next season. And take our word for it: Color-coordinated shopping is very satisfying.