Bags of Summer

muzumgu sisters_Sicilian Basket II Multi-1This summer’s “It Bags” are made of materials traditionally saved for the sand (straw, bamboo and the like). Once solely beach necessities, these styles have transitioned to everyday carryalls thanks to a slew of brands taking them into seriously versatile—and fabulous—territory. From geometric-shaped purses and pom pom- and tassel-adorned totes to options customized with initials, the trend can be found in every form, shape and shade this season.

“I love a solid straw bag with a print,” says celebrity stylist Kris Zero of the season’s most-coveted accessories. “If it’s a dressier look, go with a smaller straw bag. Jane Birkin rocked one with everything, and it worked around the clock. Large ones feel more boho and look great with flowy dresses,” Zero says. Make sure you’re prepared for summer with one of these sophisticated-meets-whimsical styles.

Arm Candy:
  • Rae Feather’s Zig-Zag Basket goes seamlessly from a day at the beach to an evening with rosé—and the monogram makes it just the right amount of preppy, $213, at

  • Handwoven in Italy, the Muzungu Sisters Sicilian Basket takes a summer ensemble up a notch thanks to fringe, pom-poms, and mirror and metal-button detailing, $432, at

  • Make sure you’re equipped with this season’s hottest accessory. JadeTribe’s handwoven hyacinth Square Basket with fringe and tassles is a playful addition to any warm-weather ensemble—and the all-white palette keeps it elegant, $165, at

  • Cult Gaia’s hard-to-get bamboo Ark Bag can be seen on chic arms all over Instagram. If there is a bag of summer, this might be it, $138, at

By Sari Anne Tuschman