We’ve said it countless times, but it still bears repeating: Accessories, such as sunglasses, jewelry, shoes, and bags, have the power to take an outfit from zero to 100 in mere seconds, effortlessly. That’s right. Swiftly and easily, it’s possible to jazz up a look with a cool pair of thick-framed aviators or add an enchanting pop of color to a simple, neutral outfit with a bright-hued purse. That being said, summer is just about the best time to freshen up your stock of accouterments, when the season’s juiciest colors are on full display.
As you tackle the seasonal accessory refresh, we thought we’d help out a bit by highlighting all the best summer bags we’ve been itching to add to our own personal collection. These handbags are not only favorites of fashion girls around the globe, but they’re also useful sartorial shortcuts to leveling up an outfit in two seconds flat. From tiny and colorful hands-free styles to rattan and straw warm-weather essentials, read on to see our handbag MVPs of the summer.