The Many Bags of Summer7.20.2016
Okay ladies, let's be honest for a minute. If you take a look at your go-to purse right now, slouched over on the kitchen counter, what kind of shape is it in? Chances are that with regular use, the straps are a little worn, the lining might have a few tears, and let's not forget the bottomless pile of necessary (and unnecessary!) stuff you've accumulated.
Every lady out there needs a good bag. It's like your artillery bag for life. If it's not doing its job to the fullest, you can't either. And if it doesn't look good doing it, it's not going to do your outfits any favors either.
This season, there are plenty of trendy bags you can get that have staying power throughout the year. For starters, if you take a look at Lyst's bagcollection, you'll see quite a few designers favoring a tote style. Also known as a shopper, a tote will never go out of style, but the same can't be said for specific fabrics, colors, and patterns. Stick to classic black like Marc Jacobs' Mallorca bag, or neutral tones like Saint Laurent's Classic Shopper, and you can wear your bag for seasons to come. Better still, they're usually big enough to fit everything and anything you need to tackle your day.
For something a little less fancy and a little more fun, you can also take advantage of a the pool bag trend. Refinery29 called straw poolside bags the latest accessories that checks all of your boxes. They're "on-trend, culturally relevant, and irresistibly Instagram-worthy."
These bags are perfect poolside or beachside, but they also look great paired with a sundress while you're out and about. You can personalize it with a saying or monogram, or let the intricate weave of the straw speak for itself. Just make sure it has thick rope handles. Any color will work well, so choose your favorite, or go with a summer appropriate citrus shade.
Finally, if you need a small, fashionable purse that won't break the bank, and you're willing to scale down your tackle a bit, a simple saddle bagrecommended by New York Magazine is the way to go. "This streamlined crossbody Matt & Nat bag comes in a trendy saddle shape, but the simplicity makes it timeless," wrote fashion contributor Molly Lamoureux. She goes on to note that it also has a ton of versatility, whether you're bringing it along on a date, carrying it with you to work, or using it during your weekend errands trip.
You don't have to get rid of your old faithful bag if it's still functional. But if things are starting to breakdown, you need to know when it's time to put it out to pasture. Your new summer accessory is waiting!