Summer 2021 is just around the corner and we’re ready to go OUT. The thing is, our closet is not-so-ready.
Don’t worry, we gotchu. We rounded up 12 summer purses to help you live your best life this summer without breaking the bank. #ballinonabudget
Summer Purses: Baguette Bags
The baguette bag is all the rage lately. Baguette bags are compact with a short shoulder strap to tuck under your arm and look as effortlessly chic as a French woman. Each one of these bags has just enough room for a phone, wallet, keys, lip gloss, and other small bits and bobs.
At just under $20, this baguette bag features a zipper closure and faux crocodile pattern.
One reviewer says, “Perfect little baguette bag. Fits way more than I thought. Fits my mini wallet, iPhone, candy, hand sanitizer, Sun glasses, meds, pens, nail tools.”
It comes in 13 different colors and patterns, including a variety of neutrals ready to pair with all your go-to summer outfits!
For a more muted baguette bag, this nylon shoulder bag is perfect. The strap is nice and wide, and the nylon material is durable and water-friendly. One reviewer says, “If you’re looking for a cheap alternative to this trendy 90s bag, look no further!”
Pair it with sweats or a minidress for an instant lewk.
This bag is such a Y2K look that we’re seeing all over TikTok right now. We love the crumpled aesthetic that can pair with all kinds of outfits.
Multiple reviewers mention how soft the material is, and how it’s an “exact dupe for a more expensive one!” We love a good dupe.
We love the white color for a fresh and light look.
Our favorite part about this summer purse is the unique shape of the front flap. Plus, it comes with an adjustable strap for when you’d rather wear it across your body.
If you like a structured bag, this one’s for you. One reviewer said, “I love how the bag holds its structure. No slouching whatsoever.”
It comes in a bright and cheery lilac color, too.
Summer Purses: Cross-Body Bags
This summer bag is a miracle worker tbh. It comes with 5 pieces: a large bag, a smaller bag, a strap, a chain, and a coin purse. With these 5 pieces, you can wear the bag in so many ways, it’s like 20 bags in one! While it works as a cross-body bag, you can use it as a shoulder bag too.
It’s known to be a dupe to designer bags by Prada and Louis Vuitton, but at just over $30, it’s wayyy more affordable.
Many reviewers say how this bag easily dresses up any outfit, which is perfect for no shower happy hour or a lazy brunch on a hot day. The material is luxe (but budget-friendly), and one reviewer claims it feels just like an old Coach bag. Another review says, “I was so surprised at the quality of the bag, and all of the compartments the bag has!!! It’s not only CUTE but SO PRACTICAL. My only regret is not buying another one lol”
Here’s another summer purse that you can wear both crossbody and over the shoulder thanks to an adjustable strap.
We love the tassel detail, gold accents, and cute quilted texture of the vegan leather. If you’re looking to downsize your summer purse, this might be just the bag for you, since it’s still roomy while also more compact than some bags.
One reviewer says, “If you’re thinking about getting it, just do it. The bag is worth it.”
Summer Purses: Wedding Guest Bags
It comes with a long chain to wear on your shoulder which is ideal when juggling an appetizer or a drink. We love the details of the cut-out handle and how soft the vegan leather feels.
It comes in lots of different colors that you might be able to match to your dress. One reviewer says, “The size is perfect for an event where you don’t wish to disrupt your outfit with an over-the-shoulder bag. But it still looks cool with jeans and a t-shirt too.”
Sounds like the perfect bag to us!
This straw clutch is ideal for a summer wedding or for hanging around a resort while on vacation. The envelope style makes it easy to use as a wallet and a place for your phone and other small essentials.
One reviewer claims it’s the “perfect summer clutch!”
Summer Purses: Straw Bags
How cute is the shape of this crossbody straw bag?! It has so much detail for a bag that’s under $20.
It’s perfect to bring on vacation or a night out on the town at home. While the description says it’s great for the beach, it’s small––don’t expect to fit a towel in this bag.
One reviewer says, “This is cute but it is small but perfect for just putting your necessities in it for a night out to dinner. I used it for just that when I was on vacation at the beach.”
We are OBSESSED with the minimal look of this tote. This tote is definitely large enough to fit a few things for a beach day, and head to no shower happy hour in style.
This bamboo bag is super cute when paired with a bathing suit and cover-up or a floral maxi dress. We love the geometric shape and simple handle.
The photos in the reviews section convince us this bag is worth the very reasonable price tag – it looks way more bougie than it is!
One review says, “I literally get stopped everywhere I go while carrying this bag! It is a definite compliment booster and looks so much more expensive than it was. I have dressed it up and down and the response is always the same no matter where I go.”
Last but not least, we have this very adorable woven bag with a statement-making rectangle handle.
One reviewer says, “Love it! It is my favorite summer straw bag by far! Lots of compliments! The dark brown color was perfect!”
Which bag catches your eye the most? Tell us in the comments.
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