Summer Bags So Cute You Might Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

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Summer Bags So Cute You Might Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day
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Don’t @ me when I say this, but summer bags are kind of a nuisance. During the summer, all you want to do is bask in the sunlight, frolic around the park and find excuses to go to the beach—at least, that’s all I want to do. And all these genuinely active activities are hampered by the addition of a handbag, clutch or even a crossbody. (No matter how many times I adjust the strap on my go-to crossbody bag, it seems to thump, thump, thump against my leg with every step I take. This is a cry for help.)

I’m of the mind that life would be better if all our belongings could fit neatly in our pockets, thus maximizing our mobility as we do our summer basking in the sunlight, frolicking around the park, and so on. But reader, that isn’t what reality looks like. On my best, most pared-down day, I still need my go-to crossbody—and on my worst, I need a full-on backpack. Summer bags are a necessary evil (really, bags during any season are a necessary evil, but nuisances feel far more inconvenient when it’s humid AF outside). And if something’s going to be vaguely annoying, it better be cute.

Thankfully, this summer’s bag selection fits the bill. There are tons of summer bags on offer right now—most of them so adorable I don’t even mind the idea of carrying them around all day. Seriously, I hate clutches and everything they stand for (if you expect me to hold anything but a drink or phone in my hand for hours on end, you’re legitimately deranged), but I encountered a summer 2019 clutch or two I actually feel tempted to purchase and carry. (That’s excessively high praise coming from me, an excessively curmudgeonly bag shopper; in other words, it’s a BFD.) And that’s just the clutches. There are countless bucket bags, totes and crossbodies that have me just as enticed.

Bags aren’t my thing, but this summer’s bags definitely are. The selection is so incredibly vast that everyone from the handbag-obsessed to the handbag-reluctant can (clearly) find something they’re looking for—or, in my case, something they weren’t looking for at all.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

The cow spot trend continues to endure.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A classic crossbody in an anything-but-basic palette.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A decidedly fresh take on beaded bags.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Mini-backpacks are equal parts cute and convenient—what’s not to love?

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

When the options are this fun, who could ever have straw bag fatigue?

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

You might not be able to turn yourself into a mermaid, but at least you can feel like one.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Fodder for your next Instagram.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

I’m typically a little wary of belt bags, but this one is too cute to pass up.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Here for iridescent anything.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A more office-facing take on cow spots.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

The kind of tote a superhero would carry.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Not sure how much you could fit in this mosaic crossbody, but it’s so cute it kind of doesn’t matter.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: If buying every beaded bag in sight is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Chartreuse is an endlessly underrated color, and this teeny-tiny bag just wants to rectify that.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A classic with just enough contemporary detail to feel fresh.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

All kinds of fun—and big enough to hold all your shit.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Not your average summer crossbody.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A handbag that feels vaguely aughts-y—emphasis on vaguely. (When it comes to the early 2000s, vague allusions are definitely better than outright ones.)

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Umm. I mean. Need I really justify the inclusion of THIS ADORABLE BAG?!

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

An anything-but-basic animal print to round out your summer collection.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Mesmerizing and mermaid-y all at once.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Because one can never have too many summer crossbodies, right? (RIGHT?!)

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

OK, you could def fit your groceries in that.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A handbag so cute it basically warrants display.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

I mean, doesn’t everyone need a go-to beach bag?

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Not quite an animal print. Not quite anything else, either.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A bucket bag worth taking everywhere this summer.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A tote sure to play well with your favorite bohemian pieces.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A clutch sure to complement any look you pair it with.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

The cutest damn lunchbox I’ve ever laid eyes on.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A bag that nods to 2018’s Western obsession without taking it too literally.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Basically an optical illusion in handbag form.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A bag so fuzzy you might catch yourself carressing it.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A belt bag that actually skews…chic?

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

I mean. It’s just. So cute.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Could probably only hold, like, three of your lipsticks. But it’s cute.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A different kind of animal print bag.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

I’m typically clutch-averse, but this little beauty is too damn delightful to pass up.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A bag that compartmentalizes your shit for you.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A decidedly unique take on the bucket bag.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Because tortoiseshell transcends seasonality.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Don’t think this one fully shuts, but it’s sure to be a delightful cherry on top of any summer ensemble.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Because everyone needs one killer tote bag.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Simultaneously campy and chic.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A floral bag, done the three-dimensional way.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

So fun you won’t care that all your stuff is basically fully exposed.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A classic (and it’ll stand up on its own!).

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Just give me every crossbody on offer, please.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

TINY AND DELIGHTFUL.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Everything you love about beaded bags—combined with everything you love about woven shoppers.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

It’s bedazzled—what more could you possibly need to know?

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Two pops of color are better than one.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Zebra stripes are endlessly underrated.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

The perfect statement accessory for your next vacation.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Tassels! Beads! Hot pink straw!

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

All. Iridescent. Everything.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

That statement buckle, though.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

This year’s aughts resurrection is filling the zeitgeist with all kinds of sparkly, beaded pieces—and I’m here for all of them.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A clutch cute enough to justify its inconvenience.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

It might only manage to hold your phone and wallet—but really, what more do you need?

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A trendy crossbody you’ll be carrying for years to come.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

I mean. An absolute classic.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Honestly I just want to buy these and display them in my room.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

More of an aesthetic choice than a practical one, but hey—it’s pretty cute.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Can’t stop, won’t stop shopping! beaded! bags!

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

Not your average crossbody.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A raffia tote with just enough detail to keep things interesting.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

The sleekest belt bag I’ve laid eyes on in a while.

STYLECASTER | Summer Bags So Cute You'll Actually Enjoying Holding Them All Day

A beaded bag even the minimalist in your life could appreciate.

 

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A version of this story was originally published in May 2019. Updated July 2019.

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