Need It Now: Festive Summer Bags

Can you believe it's almost summer? We can't, especially when it's still completely grey and rainy outside (*sad face*). Still, we're so down with getting in the beach-slash-picnic-slash-sunshine spirit, and one way to do that is with a festive handbag. Whether you need a school or office book bag now that will double as a beach tote later or are looking for something completely bold to change up your shoulder accessory game, we're certain you'll find these warm weather bags both delicious and summertime friendly.


Lazy Oaf French Fry Shopper, Betsey Johnson Brasil Viva Tote, ASOS Ice Cream Backpack, and Cooperative Fruit Keychain.
Photo: ASOS; Macy's; ASOS; Urban Outfitters

Nothing says summer like a vibrant array of seemingly edible handbags. Why not pay homage to that time of year when fruit is riper, ice cream is mandatory, and eating take-out in the grass is the norm? We're obsessed with this craymazing Lazy Oaf French Fries Shopper ($13.05) which is bold, bright, and hilarious. This french fry guy wants to hold your swimsuit and your snacks. Betsey Johnson's Brasil Viva Betsey Tote ($98) has summertime embroidered all over it. From the puffy pineapple and metallic watermelon slice to the gold sequined sunshine at the rim, this is perfect for pairing with a simple tank dress. Or toss an ASOS Ice Cream Backpack ($60.88)—covered in cupcakes, swirly cones, and candy—over your t-shirt, denim cut-offs, and flip flops ensemble. Don't forget to tip your keys out, too, with this adorable Urban Outfitters Fruit Keychain ($8). Who doesn't want to pull a smiling strawberry out of their handbag?


Urban Outfitters Shark Duffle Bag and Anthropologie Cast One Carryall.
Photo: Urban Outfitters; Anthropologie

BEWARE OF SHARKS! An Urban Outfitters Cooperative Shark Duffle Bag ($39) that is. Not only does this duffle make quite the statement, it might scare off anyone trying to steal your perfect beach spot. We love the idea of getting really literal with your accessories, so take the beach theme in a different direction with this Cast One Carryall ($88) which has a fisherman's vibe and can totally net all of your beach gear, too.


Urban Outfitters Carrot Crossbody Bag, Teen Vogue Ikat Backpack, and Topshop Animal Africa Print Backpack.
Photo: Urban Outfitters; Macy's; Topshop

If you're more for frolicking in parks or just want to schlep your summer gear in style, backpacks are the way to go. Aside from being on-trend, they haul a ton of stuff and keep your hands free for holding popsicles. Urban Outfitters' Carrot Mini Crossbody Backpack ($44) is actually a purse disguised as a backpack (#LOVE), and it really wants to waltz around flea markets or outdoor music festivals. Teen Vogue's Ikat Backpack ($88) is gorge, graphic, and somewhat more upscale. We'd pair it with a maxi sundress and sandals. The same goes for Topshop's Animal Africa Print Backpack ($56), which is smaller and perfect for taking from day-to-night. Sling this over your shoulders for a night out under the stars and don't forget to let it clash with neon nails, bold lipstick, and one giant sunshine smile.

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