Summer handbags don’t have to be beachy; they have to go in with the season’s laid-back atmosphere.
Handbags, according to Abbe Held, creative director of the Kooba handbag label, “do not have real seasons.” However, she prefers “softer, more open” styles for her summer bags. “It can look harsh when you’re wearing tank tops and dresses and carrying a hard, huge purse,” she explains.
Straw accessories are no longer just for the beach; they may be a vital player in your wardrobe starting in the spring.
Straw, jute, and wicker bags are lighter than leather and hence more laid-back and can offer a boho touch to everyday clothes or tone down sharper pieces.
Do you want something that will last a little longer? Look for leather accents, which provide a more solid silhouette and are more resistant to wear and tear.
Bags are worn across the body
Don’t worry, light packers: you won’t have to tote around a bulky bag if you don’t want to. Cross-body bags, like airy dresses, seem liberating in the summer since they free up your hands to do other things (holding ice creams or a glass of wine at a BBQ, perhaps).
The straw half-moon style from & Other Stories shouts summer, but go for leather if you want something more seasonal.
Boden’s stitch-detailed suede shoulder bag is our favorite find: an economical alternative to Gucci!
Whatever the warm-weather months have in store for you, there’s a bag style for 2022 that will fit right in. Are you planning a trip to an exotic summer destination? To bring the vacation vibes to life, go for a crochet style (Instagram OOTD-ready). Are you planning any summer hikes? Your new summer best friend could be a mesh sling bag.
You won’t be able to resist reaching for these bags once you get your hands on them. You’ll adore these if you run, not if you walk.
Bags in vibrant hues
Summer doesn’t mean you have to leave your comfort zone because it’s hot outside. If wearing brights or florals seems intimidating, add color to your clothing with accessories.
The bolder, the better when it comes to bags. However, choose a more mature color for longer-lasting results, such as fuchsia or mustard yellow.
Day-to-night and all-year-round, innovative leather alternatives are a must-have. Allow yours to add a splash of color to workwear outfits (when you’re back in the office), black knitwear, and even a simple pair of jeans and a T-shirt.
And what about those who merely want to dip their toe into the trend? Orange is toned down with neutral white and black panels in Oliver Bonas’ color-blocked purse.
Evening bag suggestions
Opt for a shiny silver clutch (with or without a strap) or an off-white satin or silk clutch for the evening. A white and light grey snakeskin print, a floral pattern with the majority of colors in your spectrum, or a statement color like this deep rose pink one might work well for you.
So, now that you’re aware of all the major bag trends for spring/summer 2022, you can pick the right style for you.