The right handbag is the perfect finishing touch for any outfit. But it can also be much more than that. The perfect one can also elevate your look while reflecting your unique style, personality, and outlook on life. That’s where whimsical handbags come in.
One of the hottest trends of the moment—Vogue recently declared 2022 to be "the fall of wacky bags while Brides included playful bags on its list of top wedding guest handbag trends for 2020—they're a gentle reminder not to take life too seriously. Not to mention that these cheerful creations are guaranteed to make a statement. Because while a little sparkle goes a long way, a lot of sparkle is truly unforgettable.
When it comes to adding delightful dazzle to any handbag collection, no one does it better than Mary Frances. While it’s hard to narrow our picks down to just a handful, here’s a closer look at six of our favorite whimsical handbags from this iconic brand.
1. Joyride Top Handle Bag
Giving all new meaning to the phrase “joyride,” this brilliantly bedecked bag features an intricate beading pattern of vibrantly colored hearts and flowers contrasted against chic black. We can’t think of a better way to get your groove on than with this marvelous masterpiece.
As with all Mary Frances bags, the Joyride Top Handle Bag acknowledges the equal importance of form and function. It doesn’t just look amazing; it’s also made with a multitude of thoughtful details, including vegan leather and chain double top handles and a convenient easy-access inside pocket for tucking away your must-haves.
2. I'm a Star Crossbody Guitar Handbag
What do you get when you combine a practical crossbody style, the ingenuity of Mary Frances, and a healthy dose of rock star attitude? Whimsical handbags like this seriously eye-catching accessory. Featuring a bold black and red color scheme with silver and gold accent beading, this bag rocks.
Whether you’re ready to put on a show or you simply enjoy listening to them, our I’m a Star Crossbody Handbag is sure to be a wardrobe show-stopper.
3. Love Potion Crossbody Handbag
Prepare to fall in love because this haute handbag is pure magic!
We love a good pink moment, and our bauble-adorned Love Potion Crossbody Handbag does not disappoint. Referencing the classic shape of a perfume bottle complete with a gold-beaded “stopper” and chic black bow, this charming purse fuses happy hues of pink, gold, and bronze.
You’ll also love the removable crossbody strap and inside pocket with room for all your essentials with this and other whimsical handbags.
4. Toast of the Town Crossbody Handbag
Always like to bring the party with you? You’ll be good to go with the Toast of the Town Crossbody Handbag. Featuring the ultimate celebration symbol—two clinking champagne glasses—this gleaming handbag is the embodiment of exuberant elegance.
In a neutral goes-with-everything color palette bursting with glittering, glimmering golds, this festive handbag is perfect for any special occasion—or for turning any ordinary occasion into a special one!
5. Solar System Crossbody Handbag
The universe is at your fingertips—literally—with our “out of this world” Solar System Crossbody Handbag. Equally at home with jeans and a tee or more formal attire, this beaded handbag showcases a gorgeous sky scene featuring a colorful sun accented with a fiery Lemon Onyx gemstone, a dreamy moon, and twinkling stars motif against a backdrop of heavenly blues.
Compact in size thanks to an ingenious design featuring flexible leather sides, this handcrafted bag is also roomy enough to fit all the basics, including your cell phone.
6. Wise Owl Crossbody Handbag
Owls are one of the planet’s most awe-inspiring animals. These also symbolize ancient knowledge, wisdom, intuition, courage and protection, transformation, and mystery. All of these inimitable qualities are captured in our beguiling Wise Owl Crossbody Handbag.
Featuring meticulous embroidery, hand beading, and natural Golden Jasper gemstone—all interwoven into the luxe likeness of a radiant raptor—this distinctive accessory easily answers the question of WHOOOOOOO’s got the most enchanting handbag around.
There are handbags and then there are Mary Frances whimsical handbags. Elegant, eclectic, and completely unexpected, each Mary Frances creation is a wearable work of art. In addition to being breathtakingly beautiful, Mary Frances handbags are also mindfully designed to hold (and hide) your precious belongings.
If you’re looking to add some stylish shimmer to your handbag collection while also investing in an heirloom piece that will continue to bring you joy for years to come, look no further than these six whimsical handbags from Mary Frances. (And there's no better time than now, as whimsical bags are also on Bazaar's roundup of 4 need-to-know bag trends for spring of 2023.)
But these six whimsical handbags are just the start. To discover even more remarkable Mary Frances handbags in a variety of styles, colors, and themes ranging from cameras and cats to hot air balloons and butterflies, be sure to check out the complete collection.