By Bonny Osterhage
Bold pastel may seem like an oxymoron but, rules of grammar aside, it is the only way to describe the look that is sweeping the pages of spring fashion magazines, like this month’s InStyle. Pastel pinks, baby blues, and light lavenders may be soft in hue, but that doesn’t mean they don’t stand out. These eco friendly and vegan handbags are prime examples of how opposites not only attract — they rule!
Navoh Lauren in Mint
Relaxed and slouchy, this oversized vegan bag in cool mint is your go-to for weekend getaways, or those days when you need everything but the kitchen sink. $89 at www.navoh.com. (Click the third thumbnail at the bottom to see the Mint.)
Deux Lux Bowery Hobo in Bisque
Goldilocks would’ve loved this feminine, salmon colored, vegan bag — not too big, not too small and just right for everyday use. The woven exterior is a little bit classic Bottega Veneta. $143 at www.deuxlux.com. (Click the second thumbnail on the right to see the Bisque.)
We love the contrast between the delicate icy blue color and the rugged cognac riveted trim on this vegan shoulder bag. Described as “a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll,” we think it’s a whole lot of fabulous! $125 at www.susannichole.com.
It’s a messenger by day and a clutch by night, thanks to the detachable shoulder strap on this faux leather bag. The deliciously delicate shade of mauve, the sassy tassel, and the low price tag make this a worthwhile and economical investment. $54 at www.amykathryn.com.
We recommend stashing this versatile vegan bag inside your larger daytime purse, and then whipping it out after five as a super stylish clutch. It’s just the right size for your lipstick, keys and phone, and the soft, shimmery Haze hue adds a nice pop of color to that LBD. An economical $38 at www.pansymaiden.com.