10 Handbags You're Seeing All Over Instagram This Summer

From brights to snakeskin.

Odds are the fanciest bag you’ve carried lately is a canvas tote to bring groceries home from the farmers market. The reality is that fancy bags tend to make appearances only for, well, fancy occasions: galas, premieres, weddings, anything that offers a multi-course meal. But with such glamorous events being practically nonexistent these days, your favorite bags are probably collecting tons of dust as we speak. And worse, you’re likely holding onto purses that aren’t even your style anymore. That’s what makes a handbag refresh all the more important. It’s time to take inventory of what you own, what you like, and what you’re willing to invest in right now.

Of course, let’s be honest: The hardest part about shopping for new bags is narrowing down what you’re really looking for in a sea of totes, clutches, and crossbody styles. With countless options to choose from, it’s easy to get a little lost. Here's some direction when you’re attempting to navigate the exciting but sometimes daunting world of handbags.

For summer, the most critical elements to keep in mind are color and texture. This season is meant for celebrating vibrancy and playfulness. Channel that philosophy on your hunt for new handbags, and you’ll be sure to find some unexpected pieces that you’ll treasure for a long time.

If you need specific examples of bold bags worth investing in this summer, check out this list below that includes everything from a bright red bucket bag to a yellow snakeskin print purse.

Refreshing your closet requires taking risks — and experimenting with eccentric patterns and hues is the best place to start spicing everything up. Avoid playing it safe and your long-neglected handbag collection will thank you.

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The ultimate statement piece, this bag features a removable shoulder strap that was hand-carved in Kenya from a single piece of hardwood. It's the perfect complement to a linen wrap dress or a denim-on-denim look.


You'll love the structure of this EDAS purse, which will make any ensemble at least 50% more classy. The ideal size, this handbag can easily store all your essentials.

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Summer is the season for vibrant tropical hues like this bright green number that packs a serious punch. Top off an all-white look with this burst of color.

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You never forget your first Prada. If you've been thinking about splurging, well, let's just say no one will advise against it.


Would you just look at those handles? This bag strikes the ideal balance between structured and playful.


If a creamsicle and a mini bag had a baby, this is what it would look like. As an added bonus: vegan leather.

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A pop of snakeskin is a power move. A pop of yellow snakeskin — now that's next level.


We're getting serious '90s vibes from this tiny red leopard print bag. Carole Baskin would be proud.


When life gives you lemons, wear them. This sunny purse has us daydreaming about floral prints and Palm Springs-inspired palettes.


Purple and crocodile print is the duo we don't deserve. This one will be quite the conversation starter.