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Mar 22, 2012, 7:03am   #1's Avatar
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The minty fresh Alexander Wang bags from last week got me thinking – if Alexander Wang can make a pastel bag, and if I can find something to love about its utter lightness, then there has to be a pastel bag out there for everyone. Many of you weren’t as enthusiastic about the Wang bags as Megs and I were, but that’s ok; if I can come around to the idea of pastels, so can anyone. If you want to, that is. If not, I won’t blame you for sticking with brights or black or whatever your signature look might be.

For those of you whose interest might have been piqued by the idea of paleness for spring and summer, though, we’re way ahead of you. After the jump, you’ll find our favorite pastel bags at a variety of price points and in a variety of shades, all the way from colors that somehow find a balance between pastel and neon to those that are so light, they’re barely perceptible. Check ‘em out and let us know your favorite in the comments.

The 3.1 Phillip Lim Lark Satchel is my favorite pastel bag of the season. Not only is the color a beautiful, not-too-light buttery yellow, but the modern shape keeps the bag from looking too twee. The perfect option for a girl who wants to try the trend without forsaking her normally non-pastel style. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $875.

Balenciaga is known for producing its bags in season rainbows, and this Balenciaga Classic Velo in a light greyish-purple is perfect for the transition to spring. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1545.

By now, the Mulberry Alexa is a contemporary classic. If you want your pastel purchase to have longevity beyond the trend, a neutral nude tone is the perfect choice. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1250.

If you want an inexpensive, versatile entré to pastels, try the blush pink Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Percy Bag. Not only is it priced just south of $200, but the crossbody strap detaches, leaving you with a casual clutch or pouch. Buy through ShopBop for $198.

Pastels are such a soft, ladylike trend that we had to pick at least one crazy bag to spice things up. The Versace Quilted Leather Shoulder Bag definitely fits the requirements. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1695.

This Reed Krakoff Boxer Tote might not be strictly a pastel, but it looks a bit softer in non-photographic lighting. Either way, both the color and bag are great. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1090.

The color of this Jil Sander Market Tote is so perfectly, icily pale I think I cooled off a few degrees just by looking at it. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1350.

Is it blue? Is it purple? I’m not entirely sure, but the Chloe Marnie Mini Shoulder Bag sure is cute. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $665.

The Diane von Furstenberg Adele Embossed Clutch lets you kill two birds with one stone – colorblocking AND pastels. Buy through ShopBop for $395.

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Mar 22, 2012, 7:54am   #2
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The Bal is the nicest.
Mar 22, 2012, 8:42am   #3
Gurzzy's Avatar
Wow I love all of them!
Mar 22, 2012, 9:06am   #4
Samia's Avatar
Easily Distracted!
My choices:
1. Balenciaga Classic Velo
2. Chloe Marnie Mini
3. Reed Krakoff Boxer Tote

And that color on the Alexa is just killing a beautiful bag
Mar 22, 2012, 8:37pm   #5
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Trying to b good ^_^
I like the Chloe and the Phillip Lim best.
Mar 22, 2012, 10:19pm   #6
poopsie's Avatar
How Sentimental
while there isn't a single one that I would carry, I can still admire them for being quite lovely
Mar 23, 2012, 2:12am   #7
nygrl's Avatar
all you need is love
Love! The Chloe bag looks so cute!
Mar 23, 2012, 2:31am   #8
I love all these colors!
Mar 23, 2012, 3:14am   #9
noon's Avatar
*Sun in my eyes*
The Bal and Mulberry are my favs.
Mar 23, 2012, 4:35pm   #10
karo's Avatar
Love Chloe and Balenciaga. The others are great too
Apr 4, 2012, 5:21am   #11
My vote to Balenciaga :)
Apr 4, 2012, 4:52pm   #12
Soccermom99's Avatar
Originally Posted by noon
The Bal and Mulberry are my favs.
Mine too! But pastels don't look good with my skin tone so I would pass up the pastel trend. I would go with a creamy neutral
Apr 4, 2012, 5:45pm   #13
chunkylover53's Avatar
Like quite a few of these, although the Mulberry is my favourite since I actually own it (it's much more peachy pink in person).
Apr 8, 2012, 10:53pm   #14
Originally Posted by nygrl
Love! The Chloe bag looks so cute!
I'm with you!
Apr 18, 2012, 2:54am   #15
PinkPudding's Avatar
I love pastel colors but none of those bags caught my eyes
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