Posted: Mar 10, 2013 6:00 PM
Even the chicest diaper bag can lose its gleam after being schlepped around for months or even years. As your baby graduates to finger foods, your handbag choices can graduate from diaper bag to big purses. Check out these purse trends and find a bag that will fit your style while still fitting your toddler’s sippy cups.

Keep it structured

Structured, top-handled purses are on-trend this spring. The frame holds the contents of your bag in place, which can be crucial when you're looking in an oversized purse to find a favorite red toy car before a melt-down begins.

Full course load purse diaper bag alternative

The Full Course Load bag in teal adds color to any outfit with vegan faux-leather. The bag's top handles are long enough to carry the purse over your shoulder, or you can use the adjustable shoulder strap to sling it across your body (ModCloth, $85).

Shirley Bow Satchel purse diaper bag alternative

Zac Posen's Z Spoke Shirley Bow Satchel is an ultra-feminine structured bag. The khaki leather will blend seamlessly into your wardrobe, while the bow detail makes the bag unforgettable (Piperlime, $434).

Color your life

Color-blocked purses take some of the pressure out of putting together something to wear. Even jeans and a white T-shirt look polished when paired with a statement bag.

Crosby color block shopper purse diaper bag alternative

You can fit anything you need in the Crosby Color Block Shopper from Cole Haan. Though it comes in three color combinations, Rooftop is perfect for spring in the trendy color combination of gray and yellow (Bloomingdale's, $298).

ASOS metal corner purse diaper bag alternative

Soft blue balances out the neutral shades in the ASOS Padlock Metal Corner Satchel. Grab the top handle or wear it cross-body with the detachable, adjustable strap (ASOS, $64).

Mix it up

Mixed materials, like raffia and leather, textured fabric and unexpected embellishments and details are adding fashionable surprises to big purses this spring.

Leather and straw tote purse diaper bag alternative

Moms who never stop will appreciate the 'On-the-go' Leather and Straw Tote from Diane von Furstenberg. The soft shades keep the mixed materials from appearing overwhelming, and the two-zippered inner pockets offer plenty of room to stash your most needed items (Nordstrom, $345).

Laser floral carry all purse diaper bag alternative

A laser-cut pattern adds visual depth to this brown leather bag from Isabella Fiore. The Laser Floral Drape Carry-all is roomy and simple, yet the laser detailing brightens the color and catches your eye (Ebags, $340).

Smell the roses

Floral-patterned purses are the perfect reminder that the bare winter branches and empty gardens will soon be in bloom. Seeing flowers each time you reach for hand sanitizer will make you smile.

BIg Buddha Napa Floral tote purse diaper bag alternative

If you like the idea of a floral pattern but favor simpler accessories, try the Big Buddha Napa Floral Tote Bag. The spacious tote has two outside pockets to tuck away keys and cell phones, and the solid colors with floral stitching let you dabble with the trend without going too far out of your comfort zone (Dillard's, $95).

Annabelle Rose Satchel purse diaper bag alternative

Brahmin's Annabelle Rose Satchel is a tropical floral explosion. The printed leather's lush colors are reminiscent of a tropical bouquet, while the top zipper will keep all your belongings secure. (Brahmin, $375).

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