13 Summer Handbags for Anywhere You’ll Go This Season

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For more than a decade, I dressed in the same order: I walked to my closet and picked out a top, then pants, then settled into the right shoes and finished with a bag that complimented my outfit. But I found that I usually cycled between the same three or four bags that went with everything, and that meant most of my bags never saw the light of day. Factor in a two-year pandemic, and I’ve got bags in my closet that haven’t come out since I’ve been living in New York.

But recently I changed my game and started dressing from the bag, so to speak. And what do you know: I feel more inspired to create imaginative summer outfits that complement my accessories rather than the other way around. In addition, I enjoy an additional advantage: All of my bags last longer when rotated regularly. That said, the best summer handbags aren’t your typical everyday styles. Sure, there’s room for a baguette or purse here and there, but the best bags for summer 2022 have a little more personality. They are made for lounging by the pool, going to an outdoor party or even going on holiday in the south of France.

Ahead, find 13 handbags that are perfect for anywhere you go this summer, including some that will garner more than a few compliments.

Feminine bags

Summer is usually a time for squishy hobo bags, but this season I’m into silhouettes that maintain their structure for a feminine feel. It instantly dresses up any casual summer look.

Shop-Fishing Hana Bag$105

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BY FAR Baby Amber Bag$564

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JW PEI Carly Nylon Saddle Bag$79

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Mango woven leather bag$79.99 (original $129.99)

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Vagabond Bag Canberra$195

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Oversized bags

What is it about summer that makes us feel like we have to carry everything we own, just in case? I like to indulge that impulse and go for something that’s big enough for my wallet, keys, phone, two chargers, water bottle, Polaroid camera, band aids, and three pairs of goggles. Sun. You know, the main thing.

Everlane Cactus Leather Triangle Tote$295

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Liffner small tulip bag$585

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Perforated mini bag HEREU Calella$300 (original $600)


Svea Stutterheim bag$90

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Colored bags

You won’t see me rocking the color in the usual way, but there’s something about a bright summer handbag that makes me feel alive. Also, I love the look of bubblegum pink or neon green against an otherwise minimal outfit.

Crochet micro-bag source unknown$38

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Mango Raffia Tote$59.99

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ALC Paloma Vegan Leather Bag$295

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H&M bowling purse$14.99

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