After the winter we've had, the arrival of summer has never been so anticipated. With restrictions steadily easing, we now have a reason to carry a handbag again for the events in our diary that require careful packing. Summer handbags often need a chuck-it-all-in quality. You want to be able to squeeze in a bottle of rosé, suncream and multiple park snacks to your bag. There are certain styles that will always be popular in summer for this very reason, such as an oversize basket bag or a practical tote. Loewe is a designer that really leads the way here, as its logo-patch raffia tote has been out for several years, and it's still a highly sought-after, timeless investment.
Other handbags I have noticed that are popular every single year are white leather shoulder bags, XL tote bags and standout basket bags. This year, in general, there has been a move toward wearing more colour, which is largely down to the desire to project a feeling of optimism and tap into the emotional power of clothes. This mood has moved into accessories too, and colourful shoulder bags and jolly checks are already proving popular for summer 2021. Keep scrolling to see the five handbags that instantly give you a summer feeling.
The above now-iconic handbags are by Loewe and Celine and have a classic basket shape and tan leather detailing, which gives them a luxury feel.