We're Crushing Hard on Summer's 10 Biggest Bag Trends

Summer is just around the corner, and there's no easier way to amp up your new-season look than with a chic, new handbag. Whether you're wearing basic sweat shorts and a tank top or a pretty floral maxi dress, a bag is an effortless way to add interest to all your summer ensembles.

So what are the biggest bag trends that we can expect all the fashion girls slinging around their arms this summer? Luckily, there is a little something to suit every sartorial taste—from raffia bags in polished silhouettes and teeny tiny coin purses to XL shopping totes and bucket bags—we're crushing hard on these 10 styles below that are winning our hearts. Read on as we share the summer bags set to dominate this warm-weather season.

Natural Textures

There's no surprise that bohemian and natural textures such as raffia, straw, and wicker bags are going to be a huge hit this summer, but this season, the beach-ready fabrics feel more sophisticated in sleek and structured silhouettes or trimmed with luxe leather. 


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Super-Size Totes and Slings

Good news for us ladies who can't leave home without an extra pair of shoes, a makeup bag, snacks, etc! Summer's hottest bags come in the form of extra-large shoppers and slings in a myriad of fabrics such as buttery soft leather, canvas, suede, and mock croc.


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Tiny Handheld Bags

In contrast to large purses, teeny-tiny micro bags are having a moment. Think hand-held coin purses, micro necklace bags, and crossbody purses that will just about fit your AirPods.


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Woven Leather

While we saw our fair share of woven straw bags on the runway, it was the sophisticated woven leather bags that really caught our eye. From Fendi to Bottega Veneta to Loewe, they come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.


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Orange Hues

We saw a plethora of bright and bold colored bags on the runway, but it was the saturated orange hues that we saw reining supreme. The color will add a lively touch to every summer outfit.


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Crochet Bags

Crochet is a huge trend this summer (on everything from dresses to tops), and we're seeing the bohemian design translate to bags too. Opt for a slouchy tote you can take to the beach or brunch alike.


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Clasps and Buckles

From subtle vintage-inspired details to statement buckles—gilded-clasp bags are a huge trend this summer—playing into the bourgeois trend that's been going strong for the past few seasons. Moreover, the trend will take you from summer to fall in style.


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Bamboo Handles

Continuing with the trend of natural materials this summer, we saw bamboo handles make a welcome appearance on the runways. From Prada to Miu Miu to Gucci, bamboo adorned everything from bucket bags to mock-croc boxy bags.


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Bucket Bags

While bucket bags are a timeless staple year-round, it's seeing a resurgence of popularity this summer with modern details and luxe fabrics. Opt for neutral hues that go with everything in your summer closet.


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The summer 2020 update of the handsfree clutch comes in a mixed bag of styles, from roomy and sleek clutches in a myriad of colors and textures to puffy options and handles. 


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Up next, nine new designer handbags we're championing this year.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.