The Other It Bags of Summer

There are few things we like shopping for more than handbags. For one, we don't have to try them on, and, in most cases, the right one is always love at first site. Of course, summer places additional burdens on our our bag-carrying shoulders. We need totes that are lightweight for long walks but that still pack a punch in terms of design and craftsmanship. And given the 21 lovely specimens we've rounded up, you'll have four fresh categories to choose from. Whether you go for a nautically chic shoulder bag, a raffia messenger, or a jumbo-sized tote that's big enough for a beach towel and yesterday's work clothes, any of these summery finds are covetable enough to give those jacked-up It Bags a run for their money.
Above, clockwise from left: Club Monaco Straw Bag, $89, available at Club Monaco Stores; Ecote Mixed Straw Clutch, $38, available at Urban Outfitters; French Connection Sunrise Weave Clutch, $48, available at French Connection.
Above, clockwise from left: Topshop Gingham Cross-Body Bag, $60, available at Topshop; Billabong Bahama Mama Bag, $44, available at Swell; J. Crew Raffia Clutch, $48, available at J. Crew; Banana Republic Straw Clutch, $69.50, available at Banana Republic.

Above, clockwise from left: En Shalla Fringe Bag, $295, available at Madison Los Angeles; Madewell Canyon Mini Bag, $98, available at Madewell; Coach Krystal Frings Shoulder Bag, $498, available at Coach; Lucky Brand Fringe Cross-Body Bag, $98.95, available at Endless.


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Jade Tribe Elizabeth Messenger Bag, $288, available at Otte; Proenza Schouler Fish Print Tote, $325, available at Proenza Schouler; Wayuu Taya Navajo Bag, $98, available at Kitson.

Above, clockwise from left: Anthropologie Copan Bag, $98, available at Anthropologie; Ecote Summer Stripe Bucket Bag, $48, available at Urban Outfitters; Something Else Mirror Print Bag, $95, available at I Don't Like Mondays; Direct From Mexico Mesh Purse, $4.20, available at Direct From Mexico.
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Above, clockwise from left: Gap Nautical Tote Bag, $39.50, available at Gap; Sea Bags Sail Tote, $160, available at Urban Outfitters; Magid Straw Shopper, $78, available at Nordstrom.

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