Top 5 Handbags for Summer

“For summer, you don’t want a bag that is too over-sized or has heavy hardware,”“Yellow is the color of the season and metallic is still going strong,” Fred Allard says when I ask him what to look for in a handbag this season. “The best bags are multi-functional with handles and a shopper strap that crosses your body,” says Allard. And you want lots of pockets, so you don’t lose time hunting for your keys, cell phone or lipstick. Here are the 5 best handbags for summer.

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Metallic Handbag
This Nine West Metallic Slouchy Handbag meets all of Allard’s suggestions for a smart summer handbag: it has a convertible shoulder strap (not shown), isn’t so big you could fit a bowling ball in it and is in a dreamy copper-y gold metallic. It’s versatile enough to match your suit for the office and your LBD on Saturday night.

Best Overall Handbag
This Target satchel from Angie & Lola is a brilliant yellow with a detachable shoulder strap. It’s made of PVC plastic so you can take it everywhere from the office to a concert in the park to margaritas with the girls and not have to worry about spilling on it. The lining is a bright green and it has interior pockets to keep everything neat. Best of all—at $44.99, it’s a steal!

Work to Weekend Handbag
This Hayden-Hartnett Ibiza Convertible Tote is roomy, without being overbearing, has a compartment for your laptop and has a removable shoulder strap. It’s top zip and two outer zip pockets make it a perfect carry on bag, too. Plus the plumm-y purple is seasonless.

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Running-Saturday-Errands Tote
This Tory Burch Ribbon Tote is casual without being cutesy. The multi-colored ribbon will blend with nearly all your summer clothes. The bag is deep enough that it can hold your essentials and then some. Since it’s canvas, it can do double duty as your summer beach bag.

Canvas Tote
This update on the classic boat bag is dressy enough to go to the office with you, thanks to the muted gray tone and leather handles. The J. Crew Canvas Boardwalk City Tote comes in four other colors and can also be monogrammed.

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