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The hottest trends of both the spring and summer seasons stormed the runways and now are starting to hit shelves. From shimmering fabrics to playful prints, it’s safe to say that 2018 appears to be an all-out style explosion of bold and eclectic designs that demand attention. To complement such standout styles, stylists suggest pairing them with versatile bags in classic textures and shapes. So, if you’re looking to rock some major arm candy, whether you shop designer or department stores, you can’t go wrong with beautiful bags.
Barbar Straw Circle Cross Body Bag ($45; us.topshop.com)
For under $50, this basket bag is classically chic. It’s made with real straw and is finished with a faux leather strap that hangs effortlessly over your shoulder. While it might be tiny, this bag has the power to totally transform your look from business casual to bohemian.
Belay Leather Crossbody Bucket Bag ($295; nordstrom.com)
Bucket bags reigned supreme on the spring and summer 2018 runways. We love them for their casual shape and ability to fit just about everything we need to carry around. This one is playfully oversized, so you can probably also fit those extra two lipsticks you might wear. The smooth leather material is secured by a chunky gold carabiner clip for some added flair.
Watson Lane Sam ($198; katespade.com)
After Coach purchased Kate Spade in an epic $2.4 billion deal, the ever-favorite and first Kate Spade New York bag, better known as the Sam tote, is back on shelves. The boxy, nylon-clad classic bag has two inside pockets and sturdy straps to hold all your stuff, and it comes in standout shades and patterns if that’s your thing.
Fringe Leather Tech Crossbody ($100; rebeccaminkoff.com)
Does anyone do fringe like distinguished designer and handbag queen, Rebecca Minkoff? Even if the fringe trend were to ever go out of style, Becs would (thankfully) still be cranking it out. This metallic crossbody is small enough to carry with you on a night out while still having enough room to stash your cards, cash, and phone in its interior slits and pockets.
Dome Satchel ($450; loefflerrandall.com)
If your style is minimalist with a hint of flair, this tassel-clad satchel was made for you. We’re seeing tassels everywhere – from clothing to jewelry, which means it’s obviously showing up on handbags as well. They come in all shapes and sizes but the runways are proof that they should be worn to the max (aka go big).
Patricia Nash Puccini Woven Flap Small Crossbody ($189; macys.com)
The saddle bag is the purse for all occasions, from your boss’s backyard barbecue to your best friend’s barnyard wedding. It embodies sentiments of the wild, wild west, making it a clutch accessory for any and all festivals you might be attending this season. This one is relatively small in size and features signature antique brass-tone exterior hardware, burned-edge finish, and heavy handcrafted stitching.
Wilma Studded Leather Crossbody Bag ($425; nordstrom.com)
Polished conical studs line the exterior of this fierce-as-can be handbag. It’s giving us the punk rock, early 90s vibes that are making a comeback. But don’t worry: Its metallic elements aren’t sharp, so you won’t have to worry about being poked and prodded on your commute to work.