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Twice as Nice
Here’s proof that classic, go-with-anything accessories can still be utterly adorable.
To buy: ModCloth ‘My Fair Latte’ bag, $49.99 at modcloth.com
Taupe and peach team up in one of the season's most wearable designs.
To buy: Oasis 'Xandy' cross-body bag, $45 at oasis.andotherbrands.com
Nothing’s chicer than a flat envelope clutch (even if most of its contents should be, well, flat…) Dorothy Perkins’ striped take comes in combos of taupe, white and silver or beige, peach and gold.
To buy: Dorothy Perkins stripe clutch, $29 at dorothyperkins.com
After a winter full of heavy studded satchels and totes, this clutch is like a wardrobe palate cleanser. The color is dreamy, the studs are delicate and the shape is light-as-air.
To buy: Dorothy Perkins ‘Studd’ clutch, $29 at dorothyperkins.com
Don’t save this clutch for evening. Its Audrey Hepburn-inspired details look great with crisp summer separates and pretty day dresses.
To buy: ModCloth ‘Sweet Structure’ clutch, $49.99 at modcloth.com
It’s as if Zooey Deschanel’s essence were distilled into one bite-size bag: feminine, charming and fun.
To buy: Aldo ‘Tison’ bag, $35 at aldoshoes.com
The handbag equivalent of a sailor-stripe tee. In other words, classic, chic and eternally polished.
To buy: Oasis ‘Skye’ bag, $45 at oasis.andotherbrands.com
Le Chat Noir
Motif clutches and shoulder bags (think fruits, seashells and cute animals) are everywhere this season. We love this black cat because it blends whimsy with sophistication.
To buy: H&M shoulder bag, $17.95 at hm.com
Givenchy, Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors have made bold black-and-white striped bags a key statement accessory. This under-$50 version is plenty chic for about $1,000 less.
To buy: Dorothy Perkins wing tote, $49 at dorothyperkins.com
Not a pastel person? This satchel’s diminutive shade and darling details provide all the joie de vivre you want in a new summer bag.
To buy: ModCloth ‘Verbs and Nouns’ bag, $49.99 at modcloth.com
You can’t go wrong with a quilted, light-on-the-logos bag like this one from Forever 21. It pivots beautifully from weekend casual to meeting polish.
To buy: Forever 21 ‘Posh’ satchel, $27.80 at forever21.com
Here’s the sort of swingy, tassel-trimmed bucket bag we imagine our moms carried back in college. If you can’t unearth one from her archives, pick up this spot-on style from Old Navy.
To buy: Old Navy bucket bag, $32.94 at oldnavy.com
As refreshing as a glass of the real thing, this lemonade-colored tote balances posh styling with youthful attitude.
To buy: Nasty Gal ‘Lemonade’ bag, $48 at nastygal.com
This bold studded bag makes us want to put on high heels and sing the late-seventies summer anthem “Hot Child in the City.”
To buy: Urban Expressions ‘Rush’ bag, $40 at baghaus.com
This bag’s matte gold hardware, cool gray color and etched texture fooled us into thinking it cost hundreds.
To buy: H&M shoulder bag, $29.95 at hm.com
Available in spearmint, blush and ivory, this boxy crossbody is perfectly sweet—and perfectly proportioned.
To buy: Forever 21 ‘Subtle Thing’ crossbody, $16.80 at forever21.com
One of the prettiest, most wearable (or is it “carryable”?) bags we’ve seen for summer. The pale mint color acts like a neutral, but it’s also available in beige for true classicists.
To buy: Aldo ‘Bodner’ bag, on sale for $29.98 at aldoshoes.com
Trade in your dark, bulky tote for this Old Navy carryall. The faux suede interior is plenty room, and there’s a little pocket for your cell or keys.
To buy: Old Navy tasseled tote, $39.94 at oldnavy.com