Budget-minded babes know the simplest (and most affordable!) way to update your look for a season is through a few key accessories. And for summer? It’s all about an earthy bag. From oversized silhouettes you can bring to the beach, to petite clutches you can tuck under your arm for dinner or drinks abroad, a naturally inspired carryall is the essential for that summer je ne sais quoi. Ditch your old tattered canvas totes and leave the florals to your sundress, because it bags in 2017 are all about organic materials.
Taking cues from Brigitte Bardot and her signature straw hat, the carved or woven bag lends a classic, bohemian flair. Look out for raffia and sea grass, reed, wicker and lightweight woods. The neutral palette suits romantic rompers, cool concert tees, worn-down Levis and more. That makes the wicker or straw bag a worthwhile investment even if you choose a more expensive, name-brand option. And, vintage lovers will find it easy to track down their version of the It-bag — see Etsy for a range of retro styles.
Summer’s It Bags — 4 Styles We Love
The Circle Bag
The circle bag is the ultimate everyday summer bag. It’s the perfect size for just the necessities — sunnies, wallet, keys and sunblock! Choose from minimal, plain weaves or mandala-like designs for something a bit more artistic.
The Basket Bag
For ladies who like structure, the basket bag gives you a little piece of picnicking wherever you go. Slip the top handles over your arm or suit up with a style that resembles a backpack for hands-free action.
The Tote Bag
The classic straw beach bag gets an upgrade with playful pompoms or an oversized silhouette. Tote this guy to the sun and sand or the Farmer’s Market each weekend.
The Arc Bag
Want something totally trendy? Try the semi-circle shape with a rounded bottom. For the style star who likes to standout on social media, this quirky silhouette will surely steal some likes.