One of the things I love about Fashion Week, is the chance to see style trends for the coming year and incorporate those design ideas into my own clothing and accessories…especially my collection of purses. While few of us will look like those willowy models strolling down the runway, we can all steal fun fashion tips and make them our own. And no matter what size or shape we are, we can carry any style of handbag that we please.
During Fashion Week, there were several trends worth sharing as I was searching to recommend the best and most fun purses and handbags for spring and summer. Handbags featuring flower motifs are hot, especially when paired with contrasting print sweaters and striped jackets and dresses. Not surprisingly, straw bags and purses are still perfectly fashionable for the coming warmer months. Fun embellishments play a big role in accessories this year, from metallic studs, to faceted beads, bows and embroidery. And a more Boho chic style has emerged with purses featuring whipstitch detailing.
While most of us consider purses a kind of wardrobe investment, I’ve tried to find a selection at many different price points, so there are plenty of highly rated, yet affordable bags on this list. Of course there are a few spendy, truly indulgent choices too. And when it comes to the most popular purse colors? Those neutrals like black, white, tan and cream are never going to go out of style, but we’ve also featured a selection of purses in bright green, (Pantone’s 2017 color darling,) along with fuschia, orange, hydrangea blue and peach.
When you’re looking for the perfect purse or handbag, do you want a clutch, tote, or hobo? Would you prefer a shoulder strap or a crossbody bag? With so many choices, styles and colors, you might want just one, or prefer one of each. Either way, we’re convinced you’re going to love our selection of the Top 20 Best Purses & Handbags for Spring/Summer 2018.
Bloomin’ Awesome Floral Motifs
1. Handpainted Leather Zip Tote
1. Handpainted Leather Zip Tote
As warmer weather and clearer days arrive, you’re ready for a bright new purse to celebrate the arrival of Spring. This richly handpainted, full-zip leather tote has an exterior zipper to keep all your valuables safely tucked away and exterior slot pockets, plus three interior pockets. With a nine inch drop, this roomy tote measures out at 16 inches by 8 inches, meaning it’s big enough for all your necessaries, and more. It features antique gold hardware, which gives it a classy, vintage style. And just to keep it safe, it also comes with a dust cover. Just imagine how sassy you’ll look, carrying this purse with a beautiful aqua Pashmina scarf tucked into the neck of a cute white spring trench.
2. Betsey Johnson Be Mine Dip Removable Pouch Satchel Bag
That refreshing combo of black, white and pink never gets tired, especially as you dump your drab black purse. This adorable ladies handbag features so many trends that turned up hot during New York Fashion Week. It combines two key designs for this year – stripes and floral prints are big for both clothes and purses. In this case, two bags are better than one. The Betsey Johnson Pouch Dip Bag has plenty of space for everything, and plenty of style for anything. The exterior features a front heart shaped slip pocket with a cute zippered wrist pouch. The zip top satchel features double handles plus a removable 23 inch drop shoulder strap. The printed interior offers a wall zipper pocked and two slip pockets to keep all your essentials organized and easily accessible. Pair this with a pretty pink suit and pumps, and every head will be turning to look your way.
3. Calvin Klein Saffiano Printed Tote
This elegant Calvin Klein floral tote bag takes ordinary beige, and turns it on its head. This beautiful purse is covered in an Asian style, cherry blossom print that’s as worthy as a stroll down Pennsylvania Avenue in May. This beautiful purse features a magnetic snap closure at the top and its worthy size, at ten inches tall, by 13.5 inches wide, means it’s big enough to slip in your tablet along with your keys, cell phone and wallet. It has two interior slip pockets, and another two zip pockets along with an exterior pocket to boot. You can even order an adorable floral print wallet to match.
4. Rebecca Minkoff Floral Applique Crossbody Bag
Bring on the bright flowers. Hot pink, white and red flowers are appliqued on this adorable Rebecca Minkoff bag. This crossbody purse can double as a camera bag with its roomy interior and secure zipper closure. Made from durable, natural cowhide, the sweet little purse will last for many years to come, and it’s popular colors and design will be in style all year round. If you’re more of a minimalist, this cute ladies’ purse comes in a simple black and white version as well. A similarly designed floral clutch is just big enough to hold your tablet.
Price: $92.86 (59 percent off MSRP)
5. Anne Klein Floral Clutch Bag
Since mixing two patterns is a hot ticket this year, this cute Anne Klein floral clutch is a snap to pair with all kinds of casual outfits in tons of bright colors. The grey background print, with its geometric forms is embellished by pink, blue and red flowers, reminiscent of old world embroidery. It’s big enough to toss in your essentials, from lipsticks or a little makeup go bag, to keys and a phone, but it’s small enough to tuck under your arm, or secure safely with the nifty wrist loop. Pull out an impressively pretty little wallet that draws on one of the primary colors in the clutch.
Price: $31.89 (5 percent off MSRP)
Basket Weave Beauties
6. kate spade new york – Cobble Hill Straw Mini Toddy Crossbody Bag
6. kate spade new york – Cobble Hill Straw Mini Toddy Crossbody Bag
This cute crossbody bag by kate spade new your, is a mini-sized purse to carry just your necessities. The woven straw bag adds a touch of country chic, while the leather-like, fold over top and strap give it big city style. This cute bag features an exterior zipper pocket, meaning you’ll never need to dig for your keys again. The sassy stripped inside features a second zipper for whatever else your need to keep secure. Pair this pouch with some cute black and white striped espadrilles for casual wear, or espadrille pumps for more dressy attire.
7. Cunada® Women Hand-woven Straw Shell Clutch Bag
I absolutely love purses that come in unique shapes, and this cute shell shaped handbag is just such an example. This bag is made of straw that is really special. It is handmade, with materials that include aquatic plants, corn husks, straw, paper string, vines and other cool stuff. This little straw purse is just the right size to grab and go. Toss in a few things, but don’t stuff it too heavily, because straw purses can’t bear weight the same way leather purses do. A pearl embellished, shell shaped straw bag would be perfect for a balmy evening out. You can even find a lemon shaped straw bag, just for fun.
8. Jessica Simpson Scarlett Clutch & Cross Body Bag
Jessica Simpson handbags are both stylish and affordable, which makes this Scarlett crossbody bag that doubles as a clutch an especially good buy. It is constructed in soft pebble polyvinyl chloride on the back and trim, but the front features woven straw with an adorable big straw bow. This feminine little purse features a front magnetic snap pocket, one back zip pocket, two interior slip pockets and one back zip pocket. The detachable cross body strap features a stylish chain detail. When carrying this cute bag as a clutch, keep it secure by using the wristlet strap. If you’re looking for less kitsch, but you love the straw bag trend, try a more traditional straw blend purse. For a bigger bow embellished straw bag, a kate spade new york straw tote might do the trick.
9. Magid Paper Straw Metallic Stripe Colorblock Small Tote
This Magid straw tote is as fresh as a day at the seashore. It features an easy open entry with magnetic snap closure. The paper straw shoulder straps offer a drop length of 8.5 inches, which makes carrying this light tote bag a breeze, leaving your hands free for other things. The lined interior features a back wall zippered pocket, along with two front wall slip pockets, to tuck in your most needed carryables. Worried about too much white getting dirty from use? Magid also makes a peachy tote that’s color blocked with easy earth tones. If you’re looking for something slightly bigger and more beach-worthy, get their Metallic Stripe Rope Tote.
Price: $45.04 (37 percent off MSRP)
10. Ralph Lauren Genuine Leather & Straw Tote Bag + Wristlet Set
This gorgeous two piece set from Ralph Lauren really takes the straw bag to a whole new level. Constructed of a genuine leather in summery Hydrangea blue, and straw, this tote bag is simple and completely elegant Add to that, it comes with a wristlet clutch to give you two purse options in one. The gorgeous handbag features a top snap closure, with an interior zipper pocket and two slip pockets to store your valuables. Its large size means you can toss your notebook into this beauty and consider it the classiest computer bag ever. The top straps offer a 10 inch drop, so you can slip this over your shoulder for easy wear. The wristlet is a perfectly matched little clutch that you can use on its own or to carry your purse cosmetics. Another uber-classy straw purse from Ralph Lauren is the double zip, satchel top handbag.
Whipstitched Into Shape
11. Loeffler Randall Lock Clutch & Crossbody Bag
11. Loeffler Randall Lock Clutch & Crossbody Bag
Whipstitching is sew perfect this season, and that’s what makes this classy little clutch from Leoffler Randall a winner. It doubles as a crossbody bag, and the two-tone black and tan combo can literally go from strictly business to an evening on the town. Metallic pebbled leather constructs this clever clutch. The polished push lock opens to reveal a lined, divided-pocket interior. One side has a smaller pocket, and the other has a bill slot and four card slots. Want to wear it as a crossbody purse? Just attach the thin curb-chain strap. For a more colorful whipstitched bag, check out this cute tan and aqua purse. You can put your cute clutch inside a larger whipstitched tote for supreme flexibility as you’re out and about.
12. Steve Madden Theo Hobo Bag
Hobo bags are awesome and convenient to toss tons of stuff into. This great Steve Madden hobo bag features the popular whipstitching, and combines it with Pantone’s favorite color of the year, green. This bag is more a rich olive tone, a neutral that goes well with all things tan, black, red, orange and so many other colors. This faux-leather handbag features a woven strip insert at front, and a braided strap closure with tassel. Because it doubles as a large crossbody bag, it also includes an adjustable crossbody strap. If you’re looking for an awesome shoulder bag that features the woven leather-like stitching, Steve Madden’s Korey shoulder bag is a great looking purse. The Jonah hobo bag delivers equally cool style, with a shoulder strap versus crossbody styling.
13. Diophy Women’s Fashion Hobo Bag
This gorgeous baby blue handbag is definitely a trend setter that will stand out wherever you go. Made of “pleather” (or faux leather), this hobo bag will stand up to tough use. The high-quality hardware gives this bag regal feel, and the unique design, featuring whipstitching, highlights its feminine elegance. Whether you take this big bag shopping, our out on a date, it’ll be your best companion. It includes phone, credit card and key pockets inside. Because of its large capacity, you can easily fit an umbrella and your laptop inside too. If you’re looking for a different hobo bag design, but you’re hooked on the gorgeous baby blue color, Diophy has another whipstitched purse you might fall in love with. They also offer the cool whipstitching motif in a gorgeous hot pink tote.
14. FRYE Layla Concho Shopper Shoulder Bag
Are you ready for a serious splurge this season? A gorgeous FRYE bag will last you decades if you take care of it, and with a solid design style, you can count on looking great carrying it for years to come. A sturdy Frye tote is crafted in smooth leather, with a trendy whipstitched trim. An inset magnet cinches the top line. The lined interior features two notch pockets, one zip pocket, and a lobster-claw key ring, so you’ll never be searching your purse again. The metal feet keep this large bag stable when you set it down, and the rolled top handles make it comfy on your shoulder, even when you’ve filled it to the bring with your shopping finds. You’ll never regret getting a pair of FRYE boots to match. Their comfort and durability are legendary. Keep your bag and boots beautiful with FRYE leather conditioning cream.
Price: $220.73 (40 percent off MSRP)
15. Coach Leather Whipstitch Flap Convertible Hobo Handbag
I suspect there isn’t a woman on the planet that doesn’t covet a Coach leather bag, and that includes me. This beautiful hobo bag has all the space you need to carry anything you want. The gorgeous color is perfect for winter or summer, making your investment even more wise. The parchment white leather exterior features stylish brass hardware, and the whipstitiching, which carries around the purse in a unique pattern adds an eye catching design element. The purse latches with a magnetic snap, under the decorative gold brass buckle front. The back features a slip open pocket. The luxuriously lined interior offers a zip and two slip pockets. The drop on the unique leather shoulder strap is seven inches. Coach makes many other shoulder bags in classic designs and colors, just in case whipstitching isn’t your thing.
Price: $329.99 (18 percent off MSRP)
16. Betsey Johnson Smiley Pearl Tote
16. Betsey Johnson Smiley Pearl Tote
This season is all about embellishments, and the this adorable handbag is bound to keep you grinning from ear to ear. The fabulous Betsey Johnson Smiley Pearl Tote Bag has plenty of space for everything you need, and plenty of style for anytime of day or night. The exterior features beautiful elliptical dot details, embellished with faux pearls. This big bag has a top zipper closure, with an adorable hanging pearl cherry charm detail. The side pearl smiley face is what makes this bag really special, although I’m also a sucker for the beautiful lining printed with tiny deep red roses. The double handles feature a nine inch drop. The interior offers easy storage for your stuff with a zip pocket, slip Pockets and a key holder. Bestey Johnson also has an equally charming sequined satchel featuring a polka dot bow. Her style really shines in a leopard print satchel, adorned with a fetching fuschia bow.
17. Fossil Bright Patchwork Pouch
This glittering little idea from Fossil comes in the form of an adorable large pouch. The luxurious leather is embellished with a colorful patchwork of sparkly faceted beads that will color coordinate with nearly anything in your wardrobe. Handy for storing your phone, credit cards and cash with ease, you can toss it into your tote, or simply carry it on its own as a clutch. Just zip and go. The Fossil Piper Toaster crossbody bag is embellished with hilarious googly eyes. You can also get the Piper Toaster embellished with tassles or it comes embellished with a more subtle set of faceted beads.
Price: $62.46 (34 percent off MSRP)
18. Loeffler Randall Embroidered Tab Clutch
Honestly, who wouldn’t want to grab and run with this hot pink clutch from Loeffler Randall? The bright fuschia bag is embellished with black, orange and pink embroidered flowers that almost tickle you with their fantasy fronds. This 100 percent natural leather clutch features a fine cotton lining printed in black and white dots. It has a sturdy magnetic closure with a metallic accent tab on the front, and inside, features a handy zippered pocket for important items. This cute clutch also has a second personality, doubling as a small crossbody bag with a long chain strap. For a more Boho chic look, grab the Loeffler Randall clutch with multi-colored shearling embellishments. Or go high-class cowgirl with the Loeffler Randall fringed clutch.
19. 88 Amy Studded Mini Crossbody Bag
Under the city lights and adventurous streets of your life, this beautifully designed saffiano, glitters with shiny studded details. As if the bright orange color wasn’t eye catching enough, this sweet little crossbody bag can also double as a clutch. It is crafted with the highest quality, environmentally friendly, vegan leathers. The removable crossbody chain strap is fully adjustable. Two interior zipper pouches make organization a snap, plus this also has a smartphone pocket to keep things easy. Because it’s so affordable, you should order one in candy apple green as well. If you’re feeling blue, 88 also has a clever quilted bag bedecked with studs, and even a wildly fun faux fur clutch.
Price: $24.99 (62 percent off MSRP)
20. Coofit Stereo Rose Handbag
The sun will shine on your every day that you carry this bright yellow purse, embellished with an amazing rose and petal design. This eye popping little bag is the perfect adornment for a spring or summer floral dress, but it might brighten up any old showery day. The unique 3D flower design is set off by a metal handle, studded with sparkling rhinestones. It features brass stubs on the bottom to keep it stable when you set it down, and closes with cross-crossed metallic buttons. The bag’s main compartment features two zippered, and two open pockets inside. There is also has a zippered pocket in the back for quick access to your business cards or cell phone. If bright yellow flowers are just too bold for your liking, a gorgeous pale pink flower embellished purse is equally elegant, but a bit more subtle. Funky ruffles are a truly unique purse embellisment. Crocheted pale purple lilacs adorn a bag in the style of Louis Vuitton.
Price: $39.98 (15 percent off MSRP)
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