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There’s no denying that the past few years have been all about a minimalist attitude--clean lines, barely there hardware, black on black on black. And while those details aren’t going anywhere, a bit of whimsy has also entered the picture, as evidenced by this year’s top five handbag trends. Bring on the tassels, ya’ll.


The Chain-Link Shoulder Bag

If 2105 was the year of the saddlebag, 2016 is the year of the chain-link strap. (Specifically the Gucci Dionysus.) But don?t worry: There?s no need to fork over a mortgage payment to adopt this style. Just be sure to look for a boxy (not slouchy) shape and keep the other embellishments to a minimum (if you?re going the inexpensive route).

Get the look: Zara ($179); Kate Spade ($398); Gucci ($1,650)


The Micro Bag

This one’s quite possibly the least functional bag in your closet--but also 100 percent the most fun. Get your hands on a Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-style handbag in a color you wouldn’t normally spring for in a larger size. Say, bubblegum pink or cool lavender.

Get the look: Forever 21 ($23); Cambridge Satchel Company ($111); MICHAEL Michael Kors ($178)

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The Top-Handle Lady Bag

Although a case could be made that this bag is always in style, it?s particularly prominent this year with the return of ?70s style. Nab a sophisticated, structured purse in a neutral color and be prepared to forever tote it on your forearm. (Never the shoulder. Trust.)

Get the look: Lauren by Ralph Lauren ($298); Tory Burch ($595); Saint Laurent ($2,890)


The Structured Backpack

OK, so the backpack has been around the last few years. But this year it’s finally mainstream enough that you don’t have to have a whole conversation about it every time you bring it to brunch. Still have L.L.Bean-laced apprehensions? Fret not--today’s arrivals are streamlined and grown-up (even if you still decide to get it monogrammed).

Get the look: Matt & Nat ($150); Brahmin ($285); Mansur Gavriel ($675)


Anything With Tassels

Just like those killer shoes you’ve been coveting, tassels are also taking over handbags. Pro tip: Whether you find the trend on a cross-body or a clutch, make sure that the base color is neutral. This way, it will match with more of your wardrobe and you’ll be more apt to carry it all season long.

Get the look: Loeffler Randall ($175); Rebecca Minkoff ($245); Chloe ($2,390)

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