Whether you plan to spend your summer strolling the streets with friends or hitting the beach with a special someone, you’ll need the right bag to carry around all your necessities. Perhaps you require something cute and petite, or maybe you’re on the hunt for something large and practical. Whatever you need, we’ve got some great options for you to consider.
Flirty floral prints
Nothing says the warm weather has arrived quite like floral patterns, and these vibrant designs don’t have to remain solely on your clothing. Your accessories can get in on the fun too! This stunning “Lauren” double-frame clutch (nordstrom.com, $139) will take an otherwise simple daytime or nighttime look from blah to sassy with ease.
If you’re planning to head up to the cottage or off on a romantic getaway for a weekend, you’ll need the right bag to help keep everything sorted. If you’ve been loading all your items into an old duffle bag or rolling suitcase, it’s time to add a stylish and practical weekender bag to your wardrobe. This “Ines” weekender bag (bananarepublic.gapcanada.ca, $370) is sizable enough to carry everything you’ll need for some time away but fashionable too.
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Summer is the perfect time to go for a casual stroll or hike with a friend or your special someone. When you head out for a walk, there are always certain necessities you need to keep with you, but you don’t want to be lugging around a heavy handbag. For such occasions, a petite crossbody bag, such as this “Zoe Must-have” mini crossbody (ninewest.ca, $45) is just what you need.
A medium-sized handbag is a must in every woman’s accessory collection. But if you’ve been relying on your boring old brown or black purse that served you in the winter, it’s time to make a change to something more vibrant. Something along the lines of this “Marlow” satchel (fossil.com, $218), which comes in a variety of bright hues, will inject colour and summer spirit into your day-to-day look.
Whether you’re heading up to the cottage, off to work or simply out to a coffee shop to relax and surf the web, carrying around your laptop doesn’t have to be a fashion faux pas. Thanks to this “Montefortino” laptop bag (aldoshoes.com, $45), having your tech gear with you can actually add to your ensemble.
Straw beach tote
When you’re heading to the beach, nothing beats a straw bag in terms of seasonal fashion. Woven bags tend to look out of place in the winter but are always on trend come summertime. This multicoloured raffia shopping bag (mango.com, $40) will make it easy for you to pack up your bathing suit, towel, sunscreen and more so you can visit the beach in style.
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On-trend shopping tote
When you’re going shopping or to run a series of errands, the last thing you want is a bag that’s too small or unnecessarily heavy. You can stay comfortable and still look stylish with this colour-block canvas tote (gapcanada.ca, $50). Its roomy interior will help you tuck away all your purchases, and the simple leather straps and cotton fabric make it comfy enough to tote around all day long.
If you’re hoping to stand out from the crowd and get noticed this season, a sizable envelope-style clutch is a great trend to try out, particularly if the purse showcases a bright, bold print. This large printed clutch bag (zara.com, $80) can tote around much more than a typical mini clutch and can be worn over your shoulder or held by hand. However you carry it, it’s sure to make quite the fashion statement.
When you have a whole lot of things to carry, placing them all in a large purse can do quite a number on your shoulder and your balance. That’s when a backpack can really come in handy. But getting a backpack doesn’t mean you have to add a dreary canvas or bright “Hello Kitty” bag to your wardrobe. You can satisfy your comfort and your style sense with this “Castelvisconti” backpack (aldoshoes.com, $50).
Stylish neutral handbag
All kinds of colourful dresses, skirts and tops are worn in the summer, and when you’re strutting around in bold prints, having a neutral bag that can go well with everything is a huge asset. The intricate, flowery detailing on this Betsey Johnson “Rose Garden” tote (nordstrom.com, $106) screams summer, and the cream shade and brown and gold straps ensure it’s the ideal go-to bag for any outfit.
What summer bag are you most excited to show off this season? Let us know in the comment section below!