21 Trendy New Bags to Dress Up Your Spring Outfit
New season, new bag. It’s practically sartorial law (that’s what we tell ourselves, anyway). You might not be able to ditch your winter coat just yet, but a bit of cold weather can’t keep you from getting into the new spring fashion trends. Bags don’t need to be weather-appropriate, so the easiest way to get your spring wardrobe into gear right now is by trading out your go-to winter tote for a stylish new sac. So if you’re looking for a must-have accessory for spring, look no further than these standout bag styles: half-moon silhouettes, bright color, quirky details and even a return to the classic saddle bag. And they’re all available now. Below you’ll find 21 chic and show-stopping styles that will ensure you stay ahead of the fashion curve this spring.
1. Zara Tote With Metallic Straps ($50): Step aside, bucket bags — there’s a new way to tote in 2016, and the half-moon bag is it. Outfitted with a circular handle and a chic shade of burgundy red, this modern sac is one for the books.
2. Topshop Smart Chain Strap Crossbody ($55): Pops of citrus pack more than a serious punch of color in this crossbody sac; they inject major mod vibes into even the most classic of outfits. Amplify the effect with cat eye shades and pointed-toe ankle boots.
3. Moyna Embroidered Jute Clutch With Pom Pom Trim ($129): The next time you fiesta, best bring this embroidered clutch. The bright colors and pom-pom add-ons are the epitome of party-ready. Make it pop by pairing it with a printed frock in one of its many high-octane hues.
4. ASOS Premium Leather Tassel Shoulder Bag ($103): Swingy fringe, pastel tassels and plenty of room to stash all those everyday essentials — this sleek crossbody has it all. Wear it with simple shifts and boyfriend jeans to up your style sass factor in seconds.
5. Madewell Transporter Tote Tassel-Tie Edition ($168): Your favorite tote gets a major makeover for spring in a shade of siren red. Whether you’re jetsetting or simply keepin’ it real, you’ll be turning heads left and right when you walk into the room with this stunner in tow.
6. Everlane Petra Backpack ($330): You don’t have to wait until Memorial Day to bust out a white bag. This luxe backpack has anytime chic written all over it. Pair it with a statement coat and funky booties for a standout look.
7. J.Crew Marlo Crossbody Bag ($98): Forget a pocket full of sunshine — you’ve got a whole bag load. Whip out this cheerful crossbody anytime you need to put a little extra pep in your step (like every Monday).
8. French Connection Cherise Wrapping Detail Tote ($138): Totes are closet workhorses, and they rise to any occasion, but anytime-appropriate style doesn’t have to mean bland or boring. Cool coils meant to mimic woven jewelry give a traditional leather tote a fashion-forward edge.
9. Skinnydip Cactus Cross Body Bag ($54): Every girl needs that one game-changing bag, and this prickly number is perfection. Swap it in for your go-to clutch on your next GNO, or elevate your weekend style by wearing it with shirt dresses and classic tees.
10. Forever21 Faux Leather Bucket Bag ($25): Give your bucket bag a spring-appropriate update with a soft shade of pastel blue. The cool color will give any wintry getup new-season appeal.
11. Rebecca Minkoff Mara Saddle Crossbody Bag ($295): Saddle bags are making a major comeback, but this time around it’s all about sleek hardware and new silhouettes. Pair it with a flowy floral frock to channel some serious Jane Birkin vibes, or give it the athleisure treatment with joggers, a bomber jacket and bright sneakers.
12. Silence + Noise Pop Weave Cardholder ($12): Girl, you’re so in tune with your sartorial side that even your cards and cash look good. Toss this bright woven cardholder into your everyday sac to keep things neat and organized.
13. Nasty Gal Stone Edge Crossbody Bag ($48): This cylindrical stunner will have you rolling out in style every time you throw it on. Pair it with frilly feminine tops for maximum impact, or play into its modern side with leather trousers and an architectural top.
14. Scout & Catalogue La Playa Tote ($54): Vacay, everyday, on the go — this neon mesh bag is about to change the way you tote. Load it up for the beach with your towel, sunscreen and favorite mags, or use it to stash all your must-have in-flight gear.
15. Rebecca Minkoff Isobell Phone Crossbody Bag ($145): Pare down without compromising on style with a funky phone crossbody bag that reads boho-on-the-go. The pint-sized accessory has plenty of space for all your night-out essentials. Killer dance moves not included.
16. Whistles Suede Rivington Chain Clutch ($150): Streamline your date-night ensemble with a no-frills clutch in a bright shade of berry pink. A chainlink strap is so prime when you want to go hands-free.
17. Cartel Thoroughfare Denim Shoulder Bag ($278): Get your denim fix with a fringed-out tote that can hold its own whether you’re heading to the gym or hunkering down at your favorite cafe with your laptop and latest reads.
18. Cambridge Satchel Company Saddle Bag ($170): If globetrotting is on the agenda this season, make sure to take this cute saddlebag along. It’s the perfect size for pounding the pavements and exploring, plus you can easily pack it in a pinch.
19. Kelsi Dagger Rider Tote ($168): Meet your latest accessory obsession — a silvery go-anywhere tote. Take its style factor to the next level with bright scarves or funky furry key rings.
20. Kimchi Blue Estelle Wooden Crossbody Bag ($69): If this petite floral bag doesn’t scream spring, nothing will. This suede style is begging to be paired with ethereal dresses and flirty, feminine tops.
21. Bluma Project San Michele Tote ($178): This artisan-made hobo is the ultimate getaway bag. It’s lightweight and easy to carry, and it can easily fold up, so you can stash it in your suitcase.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com