Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Purses for Women

An on-trend purse is a great way to complete a summer outfit. There are many styles to choose from such as big tote purses or small crossbody bags. And the price points vary just as much as the styles do. With so much variety, it can be a little overwhelming to find one that matches your style, personality and lifestyle. This is your ultimate guide to summer purses for women that capture the effortless, easy vibe of the summer season. This guide will help you weigh your options and hopefully make it easier to understand which style of purse will work best for you.

Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Purses for Women

Your ultimate guide to summer purses for women

Put a Bow on It Summer Purse

I figured I’d start with the little purses and work our way up to the bigger ones. I’m starting off with a fun, feminine clutch by Pamela Munson. Honestly, Pamela Munson can do no wrong with her handbags. I love the playful yet sophisticated vibe of the brand. The bow detail of this particular clutch takes it to the next level of fabulous. Put a bow on anything, and I’m all in for it. It’s hand-embroidered, and really something special to take on your next date night or to a wedding as a wedding guest. It features a gold shoulder strap for added convenience. 

Rattan Clutch Women’s Summer Purse

This rectangular-shaped clutch is a great option for a more casual setting. The rattan material is perfect for summer and features a leather closure and detachable chain strap if you’d rather not carry it by hand. The neutral color makes this clutch easy to pair with most any color in your wardrobe. It would be perfect to take with you on a beach vacation and worn with flowy, linen pants, a tank, sunhat and sandals for a laidback, casual look. 

Fringed Clutch

This envelope-style clutch had me at the fringe. I love the detail of the fringe against the natural straw material. It has a magnetic snap closure, and it’s the perfect summer clutch to bring with you to the beach or to an outdoor event. You even have the option to add an embroidered monogram to it for a personal touch. The clutch also comes with navy fringe or pink fringe for a punch of color. 

Lauren Conrad Wood Handle Crossbody

Moving on from clutches to crossbody style bags, this Lauren Conrad crossbody from Kohl’s has the cutest wooden handle. It looks like little wooden pearls all along the handle, giving it a feminine touch. The body of the purse has straw-like material and also features a faux leather strap. I love the faux leather material contrasted against the straw. This purse is 8 inches in height and 7.75 inches wide, making it the perfect size to carry as an everyday purse throughout the spring and summer. At only $35, it’s an on-trend accessory to help finish any casual look.

Olivia Miller Emma Crossbody

This Olivia Miller crossbody is a mixture of materials like the one above but also has a gold chain strap making it a little more dressy. I like the versatility this bag offers because the strap is detachable and can be used as a handbag or leave the strap on and wear as a crossbody or shoulder purse. A dressier crossbody like this would be a great option if you’re someone who has to dress up for work, but is constantly on the move throughout your work day. Just throw this over your shoulder, and you’re good to go. 

summer purses for women | Saint Laurent Lou Medium Monogram Camera Bag

Saint Laurent Lou Medium Monogram Camera Bag

This is definitely a splurge, but it’s my favorite purse in my closet besides the Tory Burch Kira Chevron shoulder bag. If you’re thinking about investing in a designer bag, think about how many times you’re planning to use the purse. For me, I reach for this purse every single week for many reasons. It’s super functional for my lifestyle because I can just throw it on and go. It holds the essentials, and not too heavy. The color also goes with basically anything I wear, so it’s versatile in that aspect too. The cost per wear is worth it to me because it’s not something that just sits in my closet looking pretty. I have a review and comparison of the bag here.

Tory Burch Kira Chevron Shoulder Bag

Switching gears from crossbody to shoulder bags. When I think of a shoulder bag, I think more formal and dressy. My other favorite purse in my closet is this little number – the Tory Burch Kira Chevron Convertible shoulder bag. If you’re looking for a classic, timeless purse, this little lady is it. The quality is amazing and love the quilted detailing. The strap can be doubled or worn long as a shoulder bag and also converts to a crossbody. It has a zipper pouch on the inside of the purse for added organization, and comes in four other colors besides the cream. 

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Harper Woven Shoulder Bag

This is a true shoulder bag by Who What Wear with woven detailing on the front flap. It features gold hardware and has an adjustable strap if you want it more snug to your arm. This is a great alternative to a clutch because it’s a bit bigger than your typical clutch yet small enough to bring with you to dinner or brunch. It’s a classic, affordable purse and also comes in light brown and black. 

Polished and Poised Shoulder Bag

This shoulder bag from Red Dress looks very similar in structure to the Tory Burch Kira Chevron purse. The gold strap is convertible and can be worn as a crossbody or a shoulder bag. The turn lock detail on the outer flap breaks up the quilted material. At only $48, this is a great option if you’re not quite ready to invest in a designer purse, and a great way to get the look of one. 

Roulette Medium Leather Messenger Bag

This Kate Spade messenger bag is made of pebbled leather and love the warm taupe color for summer. This would be a great summer purse for women if you’re out and about with your kids, walking your dog or for whatever other reason you need your hands free. Throw this purse on and have both hands available if you need to hold tiny hands while crossing the street, in the store etc. It would also be a great bag to travel with because it’s 9 inches wide and 9 inches tall, making it big enough to keep all your essentials in while traveling.

Your ultimate guide to summer purses for women

Wrapped Handle Satchel Handbag

If you’re wanting a bigger crossbody, but don’t want to get as spendy as the Kate Spade one above, then this Universal Thread option would be perfect. It’s actually a little bit bigger than the Kate Spade bag at 10.75 inches high and 13.5 inches wide. It has the look and feel of leather and love the coral color for summer. If you want something a little more muted than it also comes in black and cognac. 

AFKOMST Drawstring Bucket

Bucket bags are a relatively new trend in the purse world. They’re usually a cylinder shape and great for holding a lot of belongings. If you’re the type to carry a lot in your purse, then a bucket bag might be a great option for you. This drawstring bucket bag from Amazon has a drawstring closure at the top and can be worn as a shoulder or crossbody bag, depending on how long you make the strap. It’s only $28 and comes in many other colors if this light pink isn’t your favorite.

Vachetta Collection Drawstring

This bucket bag from The Sak is all about the details. It has a distinctive braided detail down the center of each side of the bag, giving it a very luxurious appearance. It has antique brass hardware and untreated leather, featuring a beaded, fringed tassel. It has an adjustable strap and can be worn as a shoulder or crossbody bag. This would be a great staple bag that could be worn not just in the summer, but throughout all the seasons too. You could pair this purse with some denim shorts, a white tee and some white trainers for running errands. 

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The Jane Basket Bag

This gorgeous basket bag from Pamela Munson is as chic as it is feminine and perfect for the spring and summer months. The ratten material is intricately weaved and ends with a scallop detail at the top of the bag. The white handle is knotted at both ends, which gives it a modern twist. My favorite part is the floral cotton material that lines the inside of the bag and ever-so-slightly pokes out the top, which gives it a perfect pop of color.

CLUCI Backpack Purse from Amazon

Backpack purses have become quite the trend when it comes to purses, especially summer purses. They’re perfect if you can’t be bothered with handling your purse when you’re out or require your hands to be free. This CLUCI backpack from Amazon is a great option because its zipper to get into the purse is on the back, giving you extra security for your belongings. It also features a shoulder strap if you’d rather carry as a shoulder bag. It comes in a variety of colors and think this would even work as a chic diaper bag. 

Transport Rucksack

This backpack from Madewell is another great option because it’s large enough to fit most anything you need to carry. You could even carry this as a backpack for school for a more fashion-forward alternative to a canvas-style backpack. It has a drawstring closure and magnetic button closure on the front of the bag. It’s made from Italian vegetable-tan leather that gives this beautiful deep cognac color. This backpack has three interior pockets to help you stay organized no matter where you adventure to. 

Straw Circle Handle Tote

This straw tote from Target will complement any outfit throughout the summer. I love the neutral color of the straw and the pop of color the circular handles give. Pair this tote with a sundress and wedges and you have the perfect outfit for church or a dinner date. 

Your ultimate guide to summer purses for women

Isla Bahia Pearl Pink Sand Tote  

This hand woven straw bag by Pamela Munson wins for the prettiest handles. The handles are two gorgeous pale pink ribbons that are knotted with pearls strung along them. It’s lined with cotton and has one interior pocket. It would be a perfect carry-on bag for your trips to the beach.

Kate Spade Large Molly Tote at Nordstrom

If you’re one that prefers a different material other than straw, this pebbled leather bag by Kate Spade is a great summer purse. It’s 15 inches wide and 11.5 inches in height, so it’s roomy enough to fit a tablet or laptop if you need to carry that while at work or for travel. The pink color is perfect for spring and summer. 

Creative Brands Beach Please Beach Bag

We can’t forget about beach bags if we’re talking summer bags. This is a great beach bag to bring with you to the pool or beach to pack your beach-going necessities. The black and brown combo is a favorite of mine. If you’re having a bachelorette party at the beach or beach-themed party, this would be fun to get your bridesmaids/guests and stuff with other water-related necessities. It’s the perfect summer bag to take to the beach.

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Oversized Straw Beach Bag   

The handwoven straw and the soft handles make this a sturdy bag to bring to the beach too. You can add a monogram to the bag for an extra personal touch. This comes in a natural color that would go with any color swimsuit. But if you want a little pop of color, it comes with pink and blue handles as well.

Canvas Summer Women’s Tote

Now if you’re someone who packs for more than just you to go to the pool or beach and need a bag that will fit all.the.things, this would be a great canvas bag for you. And the best thing is it’s only $28. I like the neutral color of this, but if you want to give it a personal touch, you can tie a colorful scarf around one of the handles to give it a pop of color. 

And that’s a wrap! I hope you found value in this ultimate guide to summer purses for women. Let me know in the comments below what your go-to purse is for the summer. There are so many out there, it’s hard to choose just a few.

And I bet if you liked this post, you’d also be interested in this post where I rounded up all my favorite straw bags from high-end to affordable.

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