As your clothing gets lighter and brighter during the summer, don’t forget to upgrade your bag too! The (sometimes) bright and beautiful weather spurs most of us to choose vibrant hues and softer textures, but we neglect to update our dark, leather bags from the winter and early spring.
Totes are in all the shops this season, and who could blame them? They’re soft, durable and an environmentally friendly way to carry your shopping, not to mention they come in fabulous colours and patterns. This M&S Cotton Canvas Tote Bag, £25, is one of our faves, doubling as a beach bag and supermarket saviour.
From classic handbags to straw jutes to slouchy styles, we’ve scoured the shops to find the brightest bags to wear this season. Not only will these bags see you from your summer holiday through to the colder months, but they’ll inject some much needed sunshine into dreary days, whatever the season!
Zara Tote With Cord Detail, £29.99
A perfect balance of bold and elegant – take to the beach or the office.
If you don’t want to go the whole hog, this Aztec print bag has a golden yellow tassle for a touch of colour.
Nautical needn’t always be blue and white. This chic bag channels Breton style in rainbow hues, which helps bring the trend up-to-date.
This all-round winner of a shopper fits the bill slung over the shoulder of a casual tee or a formal dinner jacket.
Ok, so this breaks the ‘lighter textures’ rule, but as they say, rules were made to be broken – especially for a bag THIS gorgeous.
Mango Jacquard Jute Bag, £35.99
Navy blue is the must-have shade this season, but that doesn’t mean a dark and dreary wardrobe! Paired with neutral colours, it’s an ultra-flattering colour that goes with most outfits.
Unleash the tiger within with this marbled-effect bag from Modalu.
Beach bags don’t get much more summery than this playful pom-pom tote.
Switch up your ditsy florals from last season with more abstract prints, like this gorgeous pattern from LK Bennett.
From the artistic colour clashes to the cut-out print, everything about this tote screams cool.
Embroidered bags are beautiful, but aren’t always practical for your day-to-day life. Try this sturdy yet stylish piece from ASOS instead.
Can’t choose between sky blue, coral or mustard? Why not have all three – plus additional accents of black and white – with this patchwork River Island bag!
Zara Fringed Tote, £29.99
Fringing may strike fear in the hearts of some shoppers, but this bag offers a more approachable take on the trend.