Carrying On: The Summer Handbag Guide

From the beach to the boardroom every woman needs a great bag this season! Check out our handbag style guide featuring the hottest summer styles for every occasion. Find the bag you want to carry now! By Qianna Smith
ESSENCE.COM May, 27, 2009

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From the beach to the boardroom, every woman needs a great bag this season! Check out our handbag guide featuring the hottest summer styles for every occasion. Find your new bag now!

Edited by Qianna Smith

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Trend: Salt & Pepper Colors
White on black was a hot trend on the runways this season. Bring a little yin and yang in your life by carrying a bag in solid black or white color this summer. Either style is versatile enough to work with almost everything you already own.

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3 of 15 whitehouseblackmarket.com

Be the center of attention donning this intricately woven white satchel that casts a pretty pearly glow.
White House Black Market White Woven Satchel, $88, whitehouseblackmarket.com.

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Trend: Soft Leather Day Bags Sophisticated bags in bold colors, classic shapes and made from soft supple leather is the perfect companion for the girl on-the-go.

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5 of 15 gbyguess.com

If you are a fashion addict, be prepared to be hooked on this oversized tote made from crinkle vegetarian leather that has enough space to carry every summer essential.
G by Guess Addiction Tote, $74.50, gbyguess.com.

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Trend: Skin Is “In”
Luxe exotic animal skin bags are all the rage this season as you can see by Rihanna’s snake skinned bag.

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7 of 15 bebe.com

You don’t need to take an exotic vacation to find adventure this summer. Go for a snake escape with this sexy printed leather tote that demands attentio. Long, braided straps make for a comfortable over-the-shoulder carry-all bag.
Snake Print Leather Tote, $279, bebe.com.

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Trend: Oversized Clutches
Planning a summer packed with dinners and dancing? Then a grab-and-go clutch like the one Solange Knowles holds here is a necessity.

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If you’re a fashion risk taker like up-and-coming singer Solange, then this embellished strapped clutch in neon blue will keep all eyes on you.
Angie & Lola Oversized Woven Clutch—Teal, $15.00, target.com.

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Trend: Fringed Detail
Fringed graced everything from skirts to jackets to dresses and bags on the spring/summer runways. Embrace the trend like model turned actress Joy Bryant and look fabulous.

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This fun and flirty fringed purplesatchel is a must-have for summer.
Mossimo Supply Co. Suede Flap with Fringe Hobo—Purple, $9.98. target.com.

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Trend: Quilted Tote
You can never have too many bags, so if you don’t own a plush quilted style like the one model Veronica Webb carries, now’s the time to add one to your closet.

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You’ll get designer style at a guilt-free price when you carry this classic and chic quilted shoulder bag.
Quilted Patent Tote in Light Tan, $54, Spiegel.com.

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Trend: Chained Handel Bags
Our favorite soul sister channels her inner “Coco Chanel” carrying this classic chained handled bag. Take a cue from MJB and go heavy with the chain metal.

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15 of 15 bluefly.com

Get timeless style with an edge when you rock a chunky chained shoulder strap. This bag looks great paired with jeans or sexy strapless dress.
Jalda Pewter Saffiano Leather Chain Clutch, $132 (Originally $245), bluefly.com.

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