Pantone’s official Top 10 colors for Spring 2012: Add a new handbag in Tangerine or Cockatoo and you’re set!

Pantone's official colors for Spring 2012

Dolce Gabbana leather handbag
£860 – profilebrighton.co.uk

Furla tote bag
€199 – zenggi.com

Pineider clutch bag
$165 – forzieri.com

Marc jacobs handbag
£509 – farfetch.com

Kate spade bag
$345 – couture.zappos.com

Fiorelli green bag
£35 – debenhams.com

If it’s considered a handbag, I’ve got it. Oversized totes, tiny beaded bags, ladylike clutches – I love them all. One of the reasons I am so enamored is the sheer number of options. Should I choose the houndstooth satchel or the mock croc Kelly bag? Decisions, decisions!

The other reason I love handbags is that they don’t need to fit. Trying on clothing is an exercise fraught with difficult-to-answer-questions. Will this jacket cover the waistband of the pants I have in mind? Will this skirt match the boots I already have? And of course, does this dress make me look fat?!

Handbags, however, are a balm to the shopper’s soul. Endless styles and sizes enough to satisfy even the most discriminating fashionista. And this season, a veritable rainbow of colors, too.

Above is a list of Pantone’s official Top 10 colors for Spring 2012. I recommend handbags in every shade!

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Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!  

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