The Big Bag Theory

Summer Handbag Trends



They can be our closest friends. They’re with us day after day, night after night. They carry our valuables ... and they carry our necessities ... they may even carry our secrets. They’re our handbags, and they become a part of our fashion family ... for better or worse.

Since many of us love to splurge on this accessory when the seasons change, here are a few of the latest handbag trends to check out this summer:

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1) The Cross-Body Bag-

Some of my favorites, these bags can free up your hands for much more important tasks ... like picking out the perfect heirloom tomato or riding that vintage bike. My old Prada nylon cross-body bag has served me well for years.
Recognized for their in-house designed fabric, fashion-conscious shapes and commitment to sewing every bag by hand in America, Maruca Design remains a top pick among sophisticated collectors. Pick your favorite at Artware, Main Street Village, HHI.

2) The Camera Bag-
It looks as it sounds—and these smaller handbags will not weigh you down, but they will carry all those basic accessories in style ... even a camera.
Designed with style and thoughtful function for the woman who aspires to a well ordered life, this camera-style bag, by Baggallini, is smart, lightweight and water-resistant. Order is beautiful. Find the Baggallini collection at Phillips Shoes in the Fresh Market Shoppes, HHI.

3) The Structured Top Handle Bag-
It’s one of the biggest statement bags of the season. The ladylike satchel is one of the best investments you can make. From boxy Birkin-inspired silhouettes to futuristic trapezoid shapes, this is a bag to hang on to for years.
One can never go wrong with black and white, especially when it’s the star of this shiny, patent classic handbag that will never go out of style. Enjoy it with a little black dress or let it funk up worn jeans and a white tee. Get this one at Currents, Village at Wexford, HHI.Fashion-Bags2-0614

4) The Exotic Bag-
Got a special evening event coming up? Or just want to show off a little fun fashion spirit at work? Check out the latest embellished clutches trimmed with feathers, bohemian beads, embroidery, crystals and even artsy prints and florals.
Right on par, this spectator bag by Mary Frances is as stunning as it is fun. Crafted with care and precision, each bead and stone is placed by hand giving each bag its own fun, unique personality. See more unique Mary Frances Bags at Blue Parrot, Village at Wexford, HHI.

5) The Bold Bag-
It may be your evening clutch, or it may be your everyday bag, but the handbag du jour is a scene-stealer in bright color blocks or graphic prints. If you really want something that will wake up your wardrobe, look for a handbag in an eye-popping neon or candy pastel. Sweet!
With this jaunty, bold statement piece, in cool mint, you’ll carry a bit of sparkle and mystery wherever you go! Fab patent leather trim and details, too. Designed by My Flat in London, a Brighton brand, and found at Fresh Produce, Coligny Plaza, HHI.

6) The Duffel Bag-
If you’re a traveling woman, then this is the bag for you. This spring, the duffel shape comes in every size, from small mini shapes to larger, luggage looks. An embossed black leather duffel is my go-to bag for weekend getaways.
The Renka duffel bag by Caroline Hill touts fine, stylish detailing in craftsmanship and hardware. A versatile cornflower blue, this take anywhere bag comes with a long strap, as well. Available at Gigi’s, Calhoun Street, Oldtown Bluffton.

7) The Shopper Tote-
The bigger the better this season, ladies. You can find it in casual basket bags and more-sophisticated perforated leather bags. These are the perfect bags to take to the beach or take to the farmer’s market.
The Mermaid Tote by Spartina 449 is a perfect accompaniment when you are on the go. From the farmer’s market to the beach, this market tote never fails to do its job. Find it at Gifted, Village at Wexford, HHI.

8) The Fringed Bag-
Get ready to swing with a little fun this season. Detailed with long fringe and tassels, this bag is one of the hottest fashion accessories of the year. Think ‘70s with a Western flair. Hee-haw!
Fringed and fabulous, this classic straw clutch by Florabella exudes a flair for fashion—perfect for day or night, dressy or casual. Available at The Porcupine, Village at Wexford, HHI.

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Sharon Mosley is a former fashion editor of the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and executive director of the Fashion Editors and Reporters Association.

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