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You can look for spring fashion inspiration in all sorts of places—at runway shows or Vogue’s trend reports and shopping guides, but one should not ignore what’s being seen (and actually worn!) on the streets. Street style is a great way to find inspiration for trends, from footwear to outfits, and in this case, summer handbags. We’ve combed through Phil Oh’s snapshots from New York to Paris and have come back with eight perfectly appropriate handbag trends for the season ahead, be it pretty pouches perfect for wedding guest dressing or shoulder bags that add color to white day dresses. There are also classic springtime textures like tweed and wicker, as well as canvas totes for the thick of summer.
Here, find an assortment of spring-summer handbag trends with a street style stamp of approval. Shop our guide below.
The Street Style-Approved Handbag Cheatsheet:
Petite Picnic Baskets
What better time to break out a wicker bag? Instead of a basket bag or picnic basket, these mini to small-sized top handles make a lovely option for summer nights or a stand-in for a wedding guest clutch.
Textures like straw, suede, and woven fabrics in natural colors add an element of wanderlust to your summertime wardrobe. These bucket bags make a great companion for this summer’s travel plans
A softer and more colorful alternative to black or brown leather this spring is rich-colored suede. Carry a lemony pouch from Khaite or a bubble gum pink crossbody from Saint Laurent.
Cloud 9 Bags
Tote around a soft, pillow-like pouch this season in stark white, from Miu Miu, Bottega Veneta, and beyond.
A colorful tweed bag is the perfect nod to springtime sweetness, case in point: Chanel, Gucci, and Prada.
A practical and (usually more affordable) option to carry all of your essentials this season, take a canvas tote from the city to your weekend escape and back again.
Wedding season has begun! Here are a few fete-ready pouches to take with you from Wandler to Zara.
Summer is the best time to experiment with adding a little color to your wardrobe, and these pastel baguette bags are one easy way to do just that.