I love a summer handbag, so this post has been the most fun to write.

If I had a complaint it would be this: there are too many choices of wonderful bags! Once the list was made I just kept finding more and more! If you’re in purchase mode, I will say this: if a bag SCREAMS summer, don’t spend a fortune on it.  Now, “fortune” changes depending on who you talk to.  But, for your own budget, no matter what it may be, consider spending the least amount of money on the most narrowly used handbag in your closet. Save your money for the handbags that last through several seasons, style transitions and can be reached for both morning and night. (Plus, I don’t know about you, but I tend to trash my summer bags like nothing else, so less expensive seems to work better for me.) BUT… if I could just go buy what I wanted -all for less than $1,000- I would consider these:

*All pictures have been linked to online websites, but if you can shop locally, that is best!

Look at the way the snake skin is whip-stitched into the linen-like leather. $525 at Gus Myer, by Sandra Roberts. .

 

I have a thing for Isabella Fiore bags. They are just so pretty. This yellow leather bag would last you for years.$595, Neiman Marcus

Anthropologie clutch. I have loved since the moment I saw it.

 

At just $88, this bag is perfect for summer. Fair Trade as well. From Nordstrom and it comes in yellow, hot pink, and dark brown. “Mar Y Sol”

 

By Linea Pelle at The Perfect Pair, $475. Co-Owner Casey Stribling has this bag and says people her stop her all the time to ask where she got it.

 

Kate Spade. Hard to choose just one of her bags. $345

 

From Gus Myer, this bag will carry you through all 4 seasons. $375 by Follis at Gus Myer

 

Kooba bags are always fun. This one, made from straw and leather for $295 is the epitome of the great summer bag.

$120 from Boutique Bella. JADEtribe. Perfect for the pool, the beach or just ’cause.

This $795 bag from Anthropologie is gorgeous.

 

Milly handbag with bamboo handle. Total fun. $295 Nordstom online or The Cotton Mill, Nashville

 

On sale for just $41.30, this clutch, at a full 14 inches in length, makes summer happy, but carries into early fall with the color palette. Nine West.

 

This summery bag from Cole Haan just screams happy! Made from coated canvas woven into this roomy tote. $148

 

$225 from Kayce Hughes. Handmade in Tennessee with a classic vintage looks that is totally modern.

 

Stop by Posh in Hillsboro Village, these Mat and Nat “Stardust” handbags are made from recycled goods. Each lining is made from an average of 21 plastic bags. The zipper detail is just enough rocker to keep you chic. Cost: $195

Susan, owner of the Fire Finch boutique in Hillsboro Village, models the Tano Design Tumbleweed handbag. It comes in three colors and costs $269.

 

I had to throw another Milly handbag in. With Milly JUST creating a handbag line this year, their prices are bound to go up. Take advantage of great quality and buy one this year. It’s just like Spanish Red Wines 10 years ago: high quality for the cost. This bag is on sale at milly.com for $311.50

 

And now, for a couple of Etsy finds:

By Stacyleigh, handmade in MO. $485

 

Hand-crafted from a vintage hand woven wool kilim. This bag, at $375, looks made for the abuse that we give our summer bags.

 

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