It’s in the Bag

From tiny satchels to oversized totes, this season’s handbags offer surprising shapes and sizes
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If ever there’s a time to reach for a fun handbag, it’s now. 

Forget those basic, nondescript and boring purses. Choose something unexpected, a bag that’ll make you smile every time you pick it up.

Luckily, plenty of summer styles add punch with interesting prints and textures, colorful accents and fanciful shapes.

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Sizes stretch from itsy bitsy (yes, micro keeps hanging around) to extra-large. Let your needs or mood guide you. Teeny satchels, single-hand wristlets and flat envelope bags may not be a daily go-to for some of us, but they are so cute and tempting, especially for a party or date night.

Totes and hobos, on the other hand, tend to be oversized, perfect for every day with some larger-than-life shapes that could do double duty as a beach bag. Maybe even an overnight bag. Only slightly kidding.

While a crossbody continues to be a favorite, the sling silhouette offers a fresh take on the look. It allows for hands-free movement and can be worn across the body or on the shoulder. Bucket, basket and woven bags in rattan or straw are timeless and sophisticated yet playful. If of-the-moment styles are more appealing, get your hands on a croissant or baguette shape. It’s unknown whether carrying one makes you hungry all the time.

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And let’s not forget about the details, those little things that make a handbag more interesting. Along with some surprising shapes and sizes, expect to see metal chain, acrylic and rattan handles, drawstring closures, big buckles, check and floral patterns, texture and bursts of color especially red, orange and green.

 

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