It’s time to stow away your winter bags, warm weather is officially here! That means color and lightweight textures. Today I’m rounding up 8 fun summer purses that’ll you’ll want to grab again and again for your warm-weather parties and activities.
During fall and winter, I’m much more of a traditionalist when it comes to bags. I often wear only black leather purses because they match my moodier clothes and can also hold up in inclement weather. But for a spring or summer bag, I lean into lighter materials, texture, and colors.
8 Fun Summer Purses
A Black Summer Bag
You don’t need to completely abandon black outfits or black purses in the summer. In fact, I wear a lot of black in the summer.
Find a black woven purse or black straw purse; these materials are seasonally appropriate and won’t look too heavy against lightweight summer dresses or outfits.
I love the circular shape of this black woven bag; it also comes with a crossbody strap if you prefer.
An Everyday, Goes-With-Everything Bag
I’m kind of terrible at swapping out my bags. I like to have an everyday purse that matches with anything so I can get out the door quickly and still look put together.
This brown purse has everything I love about a summer bag: a neutral brown shade, woven details, and can be worn during the day or night.
It looks super cute with a dress (see this post) but also works with jeans and a t-shirt.
For Your Tropical Vacation
You can’t go wrong with a structured straw purse for a tropical vacation.
Thanks to its neutral shades, it’s the only purse you probably will need to pack. Perfect for a leisurely lunch in town, but will also elevate your maxi dress for dinner.
The Perfect Straw Tote Bag
If you’re looking for a straw tote bag for the beach or a trip to the farmer’s market, this is it. It’s large enough to store whatever you have (like towels or farm fresh produce), and it’s super chic.
Bonus points for adding a cute little bandana on the handle like the photo here.
A Clutch Bag for Every Single One of Your Summer Weddings
Equal parts arsty and functional, this beaded clutch is the perfect wedding accessory. You can totally wear this with a cotton sundress if the wedding is on the casual side, but it also works for a fancier, evening wedding.
A Colorful Crossbody Bag
I love the open weave of this fun pink crossbody bag! A cute colored purse like this provides a nice contrast with summer whites or even brights.
A Colorful Day-to-Night Purse
You may recognize this sunny yellow clutch from one of my NYFW outfits (that got me on Getty Images). I love this clutch! The color is bright and happy for summer, and it’s big enough to fit all your essentials, plus some.
An Essential Summer Travel Tote Bag
If you’re traveling abroad this summer, I recommend this leather tote. Okay, so it’s not necessarily the most fun, but it’s practical.
I bought this bag for a trip to London and wore it every day; it’s big enough to store a camera, water, or any tiny things you may pick up on your day exploring, but most importantly, it has a zipper to prevent pickpocket swipes that Europe is known for. (I also used this as a personal item on the plane as it fits my laptop.)