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5 Super Chic Summer Bag Styles Taking Over Your Insta Feed

All the warm-weather wardrobe updates you've been seeking.

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 14: Sonia Lyson is seen wearing Ducie shoes, purple skirt and knit Edited, sunglasses and bag Bottega Veneta on August 14, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
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Summer is so close you can feel it. After a long winter, you’re probably getting excited for warm weather, outdoor dining, and maybe even a trip to the beach. With the season changing, it’s the perfect time for a wardrobe refresh. And an easy way to update your wardrobe is with a new accessory, especially if you’re embracing the current summer 2021 bag trends.

The right bag has the magical ability to transform even your most well-worn looks. Your favorite pair of jeans looks totally different with a leather hobo than it does with a structured wicker tote. And your go-to slip dress feels like a brand new look when you trade your bucket bag for a cloud-style clutch.

The most important factor to remember when choosing a bag is that it feels like summer. Bright or soft colors are a welcome change from winters darker hues, and heavy material can be replaced with wicker and raffia for city life and beach visits alike.

Ahead, find the best of the best when it comes to summer bag styles: everything from pastel hues to chunky chains.

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1

Wicker and Raffia

Staud Rattan Moon Hobo Bag
STAUD

Whether you opt for a structured mini bag or a more malleable oversized tote, make sure to indulge in the natural fiber trend for Summer.

2

Mini Hobos

By Far Amber Croco Leather Print Bag
By FAR

The 2000s throwback you didn’t know you needed? A baguette-style bags that curve around your arm like a hobo but holds half as much.

3

Cloud Styles

Cloud Bag. Cotton Beige
Georgia Jay

The “cloud bag” has given way to a whole host of soft-leather puffs. Be they clutches, cross-bodies, or full-blown totes, it’s time to add an airy quality to your handbag lineup this Summer.

4

Pastels

Marc Jacobs The Snapshot Small Camera Bag
MARC JACOBS (THE)

Another trend of the early-aughts back in the fashion lexicon is pastel tones. Whether soft pink, yellow, or baby blue, this trend is just as delightful in any material or bag silhouette you choose.

5

Chunky Chains

Staud Grace Chain Bucket Bag
STAUD

Much like one of the biggest jewelry trends of the season, chunky chains have hit the big time when it comes to handbags this year. In metal, resin, and wood, the chains add some edge to all the aforementioned summer bag trends.