Jan 10, 2024

10 Chic Ways to Style Summer’s Hero Handbags, From Chic Canvas Totes to Raffia Bags

By Laura Jackson

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Festive basket bags, chic canvas totes, minimalist handbags, even the occasional embellished evening bag–there is a slew of summer handbag styles vying for our attention right now. And if you’ve been following along with our seasonal shopping guides, then it's likely that you have one or more hero handbags tucked away in your warm weather wardrobe already. With your accessories sorted, now comes the fun part: styling your newly minted summer handbag outfits. Nothing screams summer quite like a hint of raffia, after all.

In an era defined by quiet luxury, it's no wonder that masterfully minimal handbag styles are at the top of our summer shopping lists. Thanks to understated, yet elegant labels like The Row, DeMellier, and Staud, your solid fashion foundation is set. Styling-wise, pair with equally effortless essentials such as The Frankie Shop's button-up, a timeless tank top from Agolde, and silk drawstring pants from Matteau. Still minimal, but fabulously festive for summer are jute basket bags that bring the French Riviera to wherever you are this season. Most notably from Bottega Veneta, style the handbag hero with Loulou Studio's crisp white shirtdress and fashion flip-flops from The Row. Similarly fit for summer are woven totes from DeMellier to Zara; both of which pair perfectly with La Ligne's striped sweater and a denim midiskirt from Slvrlake.

No summer-in-the-city look is complete without Tory Burch's Ella hand-crocheted tote. Style with anything and everything this summer, but especially Posse's white day dress and Reformation slides. And oh those summer nights! Complete any sultry summer style with embellished evening bags from Paco Rabanne, Bottega Veneta, and Jil Sander.

Below, find 10 summer handbag outfits to shop (and style) all season long.

The star of any summer outfit, you ask? Bottega Veneta's Arco woven tote, of course. Style the handbag hero with Loulou Studio's crisp white shirtdress and fashion flip-flops from The Row. Other styles to consider include those from Mango to Max Mara.

Achieving easy elegance this summer is made possible with Toteme's chic canvas carryall. Styling-wise, rely on summer capsule wardrobe classics, like Everlane's striped button-up and a pair of not-so-short shorts also from Toteme. Then, slip into slides from Dragon Diffusion to complete the look. Honorable mention goes to canvas totes from DeMellier to Proenza Schouler White Label.

Bucket bags made their mark on the spring/summer runways and now in your shopping cart. Hereu's woven Galleda bag errs on the more bohemian side, which makes it the perfect mate to Faithfull The Brand's breezy maxi dress. Rondout the look with sleek sandals from Porte & Paire and jewels from Agmes.

Moon bags have been on our radar for several seasons now, but this summer, we’re gravitating towards slouchier styles from Khaite and Mango to Hat Attack. With a laissez-faire attitude, style the summer staple with Ulla Johnson's tie-dyed Gaia dress and embellished sandals from Fortela.

This summer's answer to the best black bags? A bright white version instead courtesy of The Row, Proenza Schouler, and Loewe. Elevate the essential entirely and style with St. Agni's open-back blouse and a J.Crew slip skirt. Meanwhile, heeled thong sandals from Proenza Schouler complete the look ever-so-chicly.

Minimalist handbags from DeMellier, Staud, and Toteme whisper chic all year long, but especially during the summer. Keep the rest of the look casual, yet cool with The Frankie Shop's Lui button-up, an Agolde tank top, and silk pajama-style pants from Matteau.

If last summer was all about the Prada raffia tote, let us now introduce you to Tory Burch's version. Serving as the perfect errand runner, style alongside Posse's white maxi dress and slides from Reformation to match. Meanwhile, Zimmerman's crocheted sun hat is shady and stylish.

Elevate your beach bag game this summer with wonderfully woven styles from Dragon Diffusion, Zara, and Staud. Sling over your shoulder with anything and everything, but our preferred summer handbag outfit starts with La Ligne's striped sweater and ends with a denim midiskirt from Slvrlake.

Embellished evening bags from Paco Rabanne, Jil Sander, and Bottega Veneta guarantee you’ll shine at any given summer night soiree. Go one step further and style with Staud's crystal-adorned maxi dress and sandals from Ancient Greek to match.

Summer is undeniably the season for travel, which makes weekender bags from Little Liffner, The Row, and Métier all the more important in your warm-weather wardrobe. For chic airport attire, pair with Anine Bing's linen blazer, a Skims T-shirt, and baggy jeans from Mother.

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