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The Best Summer Handbags

The Best Summer Handbags by popular Florida blogger, The Modern Savvy

Ah, purses! They can seriously make an outfit and provide a major refresh to even the most classic/basic looks. I love how my new colorful tote totally updates my basic tee & jeans, for example.

Add a colorful and playful clutch to a white tank and jeans, and you instantly have an outfit that will score you compliments. Pop a cute round cross body on that striped dress in your closet and your outfit is instantly on-trend and ready to go. Swap out your go-to black purse for a blush or nude — both neutrals that go with your black and navy outfits — and your outfit instantly feels lighter and more spring ready.

Take a look at these spring and summer handbags. Most items are under $100, and everything is under $300 (I think only 2-3 are between $100-$300 but they are too good to leave out!).

The guide is organized so it’s easy to review what you need: clutches, cross body bags, casual totes, circular purses, leather/faux leather totes and more structured purses.

Also note: I personally don’t love purses with brand names (unless they’re designer 😉 ) — pom pom details, a cute raffia clutch, or a classic leather/vegan leather bag looks super chic without immediately identifying your price point. Anyway, hope that’s not crass to say and that you know what I mean! With this in mind, I’ve been loving the brand Madewell (owned by J. Crew, though I buy it at Nordstrom when possible because it’s easier for customer service). The quality is excellent and most leather bags are under $200. I wear this cross body (in english saddle) daily, and recently purchased this super durable canvas tote for weekends/travel.


The ultimate guide to summer purses: clutches, cross body, casual fun totes, round bags, leather totes & day bags... it's all here and budget friendly! // the modern savvy, a life & style blog  - The Best Summer Handbags by popular Florida blogger, The Modern Savvy


Pom pom clutches: Aldo, Loeffler Randall, Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic

Clutches: DSW, Mar y Sol (have/love!), Rebecca Minkoff, Mar Y Sol

Cross body/backpacks: Melie Blanco, Tommy Bahama, Vince Camuto, Topshop

Colorful totes: Nordstrom, Gap, Topshop, Talbots

Round pursesTommy Bahama, Talbots, A New Day, Aranaz

Classic totes: Madewell, BP, Madewell, Amazon

Day bags: XX, Nordstrom Rack, Topshop, Nordstrom



So there’s your ultimate summer handbags post! Would love to know if you like this type of post? As a modern, savvy (and likely busy!) woman, do you find it helpful? I’m considering doing something similar for spring/summer blouses, and another one for footwear. Almost like a three-part series… let me know if you’d like to see this, and/or if there’s anything else that will be helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.

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    August 4, 2019 at 7:09 PM


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    May 4, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    These are really pretty bags dear. Great picks! My fave would be the pompom clutches. So cute!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    Kimberly Smith
    May 1, 2018 at 6:34 AM

    Loving all the round bags – that trend is so fun!

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    April 30, 2018 at 8:16 PM

    Wow such cute bags for summer!!

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    April 30, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    You’re killing me with this! Basically want them all! So many fun woven options. Lots and lots of clicking over here;)

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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    April 30, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Actually Madewell is owned by J. Crew:)

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      April 30, 2018 at 6:50 PM

      Ah, yes… you’re so right (obviously!). Moving too fast, and #monday. Thank you so much!!

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