11 Bright Totes to Spring Forward Your Wardrobe

Carry a pop of color by your side to transition your outfits for the warmer months.

Washington weather hasn’t yet decided whether it’s winter or spring, and consequently we’re all caught in wardrobe limbo—wearing boots one day, open-toed sandals the next.

But even though you may not be ready to pack away all your dark winter clothes, that doesn’t mean you can’t start transitioning to spring. Pick up a new bright work tote to pair with the remnants of your winter wear, and take the first step towards a warmer, sunnier tomorrow.

J.Crew’s accessories for spring 2015 are all about pops of neon. Try this Uptown tote bag in azure blue or bright flame to add some color to your work uniform, $178 at J.Crew.

Kate Spade is loving this shade of hot pink, and we’re loving how well it will go with all of the black we’re been wearing all winter. Cedar Street Medium Harmony tote, $298 at Kate Spade.

Longchamp has been a champion of the basic tote, but they caught our eyes with the addition of springy colors such as this coral, sunshine yellow, and kelly green. Longchamp Le Pliage large shoulder tote, $145 at Bloomingdale’s.

Florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, but this pretty pattern is subtle enough for the office while still reminding us that cherry blossoms are on their way. Ted Baker London Mirrored Tropics Icon tote, $60 at Nordstrom.

St. Patrick’s Day is over, but you don’t need an excuse to carry this bold green bag with perforated details to give it an elegant touch of texture. Fillmore tote in kelly green, $138 at Stella & Dot.

Dream of sunny days with this egg-yolk-colored bag that’ll make you stand out, in a good way. Coach Taxi zip top tote in leather, $295 at Bloomingdale’s.

Kate Spade is all about this kelly green with a tropical print this season. Even though it may not be warm enough to rock this pattern in dress form, this bag is yours for the toting. Classic nylon Brynne tote, $228 at Kate Spade.

This shiny new bag is Metro-ready for the downtown girl on the go–it even has a snap closure pocket on the outside that’s perfect for carrying your Smartrip card. Metropolitote quilted metallic tote 48, $298 at Marc Jacobs.

This sturdy canvas tote is a bit on the casual side, but the rugby stripe is the perfect amount of preppy for the DC yuppie. Tommy Hilfiger Postino Rugby woven canvas mini convertible magazine tote, $98 at Macy’s.

Bows? Check. Florals? Check. Mix of mint and pink? Check and check. Springtime is here, and it’s name is the Tate tote. Marc by Marc Jacobs medium Tate tote, $275 at My Theresa.

This pink tote is dressed up with a bit of gold detailing on the edge, and as an added bonus, it comes with a detachable wristlet so you can easy transition from the office to a night out. Ted Baker zip purse crosshatch small shopper, $232 at ASOS.

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.