If we've learned anything as trendspotters, reporters, and adopters, it's that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to finding a new handbag.
This is especially true when it comes to the summer 2022 fashion trends (opens in new tab). "Summer is the time to experiment with fun colors and fabrications," says Taylor Tomasi Hill (opens in new tab), Creative & Fashion Director at AI Shopping Platform, The Yes. She suggests a carefree approach to your accessories and saving practical notions for the fall months. "Go for that bright blue rubber bucket bag you've been eyeing. You can always clean off popsicles and sand," she explains.
If bright blue isn't your thing, rest assured there's an unparalleled variety of something for everyone, from oversized totes to party-girl trinket bags to earthy basket styles. Ahead are the handbag styles heating up now.
Logo Clad Bags
Whether you prefer a large logo stamp or an all-over monogrammed print, these easy-to-spot handbags will complete your summer aesthetic. While durability, longevity, and versatility are important handbag traits, Hill says having a bit of fun is just as essential. From Blumarine's fuzzy handheld purses to Burberry's sleek embossed crossbody style, there are several ways to weave logos into your bag wardrobe.
Straw is a quintessential summer bag material, and this season, the selection of straw and raffia-style bags (opens in new tab) will be more significant than ever. We love them for their French-girl flare but also their versatility. Hill suggests pairing them with loose trousers or a crisp shirt dress to keep them less beachy and more office-oriented. Alternatively, swap your canvas bag for a straw market tote or use one as a weekender bag (opens in new tab) for short getaways.
Half Moon Bags
Half-moon bags from your high school days are back again. While they might be a Y2K throwback style, Hill says the summer season's modern iterations are all about vibrant shades and materials with lots of texture, like buttery soft leather, making them incredibly chic. Their crescent-like shape also positions them perfectly under your arm, allowing you to move around hands-free.
You don't have to reserve summer beaded bag styles for a night on the town. With elongated straps, bucket bag (opens in new tab) styles, and mixed-media materials—like mermaid netting—you can rock them whenever you please. "A beaded bag adds an eclectic element to your look," says Hill. "If you're a maximalist, you'll feel right at home with the trend," she says.
Expect woven fabrics on oversized totes, crossbody bags (opens in new tab), and unexpected sculptural shapes this season, explains Hill. Woven bags are skewing more sophisticated and less crafty than in seasons past, adorned with buckle clips, metal hardware, and exterior pockets.
Intentionally designed to hold only the essentials, trinket bags are fun, carefree, and the ultimate conversation starters. According to Hill's advice, finding the ideal summer handbag is not to be taken too seriously!
Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.