Handbags can be the perfect way to try the latest trends, even if you're commitment-phobic. They can easily update and modernize a look without totally stealing the scene, and they are a piece of affordable luxury that can brighten a long, cold winter. Spring 2014 showed off a ton of awesome bags including these 5 trends that combine fun styles, textures and shapes. 1. Active lifestyle totes - As Lululemon continues to trend, handbags for 2014 take inspiration from activewear. This can be a great thing for ladies who want to tote gym gear around, or just look comfy and elegant. Lanvin's functional strappy leather bag riffed on this idea to wide acclaim at NYFW. 2. Oversized totes - As handbags have gotten smaller and smaller, women have had to pare down their purse contents. Luckily, the oversized tote is in for 2014. Standouts from NYFW 2014 include an oversized croc gym bag from Bottega Veneta and a square-edged duffel from Alexander Wang in pale pink or white. 3. Backpacks - Love them or hate them, backpacks are back for S/S 14. These aren't canvas rucksacks; think leather, suede and textures. Backpacks are a wonderful way to tie in the menswear/androgyny trend in the fashion world. Look for a durable leather satchel with masculine details like buckles and straps, like those from Frye. For a streetwise take on the backpack trend, take inspiration from Chanel's graffiti tote, which debuted at NYFW. 4. Classic white totes - Creamy white leather handbags were in for S/S 2014, with runway standouts from Victoria Beckham and Steven Alan. Sure, white can be tricky because it will really show any speck of dirt. However, these handbags are just perfect for the first warm, pretty days of spring and work well anytime you need a little bit of classic elegance in your look. 5. Statement sheaths - Not everything to hit the runway at NYFW was big and bulky. If you preferred a slimmed down handbag, draw your inspiration from the range of styling statement sheaths carried on the runway. Standouts included the mustard schoolgirl clutch from Alexander Wang, the emerald beaded number from Alice + Olivia and the tortoiseshell hard-sided clutch from J. Crew. What do you think: Did you catch any of the clutches and handbags on display at Fashion Week 2014? If so what were your faves?