6 Summer Bag Trends to Carry You Through the Hottest Days of the Year

If you’re set on giving your wardrobe a summer refresh ahead of the season, allow me to give you a hand…bag. There are a lot of ways to give your closet an update, but when in doubt, you certainly can’t go wrong with a chic accessory. And, trust me, the biggest summer 2023 bag trends are simply ones you cannot miss. From practical, oversized leather tote bags to flashy, sequined evening bags that warrant a party on their behalf, there’s truly an option for everyone.

All that said, maybe you want a second opinion—I get it, which is why I reached out to Bloomingdale’s accessories and beauty director, Marissa Galante Frank, to have her confirm the best bags to reach for this summer. Keep scrolling to see them all below.

Supersized Totes

summer 2023 bag trends oversized tote bag

Valentina Frugiuele

“The soft, oversized tote was all over the runway, and after many seasons of micro bags, we think everyone is ready for a functional option,” Frank shares. She goes on to say that they’re a practical choice for our 24-hour lifestyles, which include hauling a laptop, beauty essentials, and more. “Investing in a leather tote is always a good idea, but oversized totes are great in novelty materials as well such as canvas, neoprene, or raffia. As someone who uses her bag as a car trunk, a gym locker, and a portable closet, I am so on board.

Soft M Hobo

Mansur Gavriel Soft M Hobo

Naghedi St. Barths Large Woven Tote

Naghedi Naghedi St. Barths Large Woven Tote

Trench Tote

Advene Trench Tote

Crochet and Raffia

summer 2023 bag trends raffia bag

Christian Vierig

When you aren’t running around the city or heading to the office, a crochet or raffia bag is always a good choice—and Frank agrees. “The summer months beg for a lightweight, breezy handbag option, and, thanks to Prada’s viral totes, we are now seeing fun woven handbags at all price points.” This year, you’ll be seeing tons of bright and fun colors along with the classic neutrals.

Santorini Raffia Basket Bag

DeMellier Santorini Raffia Basket Bag

Chromatic Sun Small Crossbody Bag

Mercedes Salazar Chromatic Sun Small Crossbody Bag

Aurora Large Raffia Clutch

Cult Gaia Aurora Large Raffia Clutch


summer 2023 bag trends sequin bags

Christian Vierig

Don’t get me wrong: a practical everyday carry is always a win in my book, but when you want to spice things up, opt for a glitzy purse. It’ll look good with everything, including a classic T-shirt and a pair of jeans. (It’s also a great way to sport one of the best summer fashion trends, too!) Frank adds that this trend is “perfect for golden hour drinks and all of your summer weddings.” You read that right—now go on and complete the look with a stylish summer wedding guest dress.

Beaded Bean Convertible Bag

Staud Beaded Bean Convertible Bag

Sparkle Nano Paillette-Embellished Metallic Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

Paco Rabanne Sparkle Nano Paillette-Embellished Metallic Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

Ash Bag

Susan Alexandra Ash Bag


summer 2023 bag trends top handle bag

Edward Berthelot

Crossbody bags and their shoulder-friendly counterparts are always a staple, but if you want to mix it up, consider another option: the top-handle bag. The fashion and beauty expert tells me, “As tailoring and chic sophisticated dressing becomes more important so do top-handle handbags. They are feminine and timeless and great investment pieces that can take you into fall.”

Logo Plaque Tote Bag

Rylan Logo Plaque Tote Bag

Ana Mini Iridescent Leather Top Handle Bag

Luar Ana Mini Iridescent Leather Top Handle Bag

Andiamo Small Woven Tote

Bottega Veneta Andiamo Small Woven Tote

Athletic Bags

summer 2023 bag trends athletic bags

Raimonda Kulikauskiene

Pickleball, anyone? Or maybe tennis is more your thing. Either way, a luxe bag to hold your racquet is a fun and unexpected way to show off your summer hobby. “Racquet sports are all the rage, and bags to support these spring and summer sports are an unexpected new addition to the handbag wardrobe,” Frank shares.

Pickle Ball Tote

MZ Wallace Pickle Ball Tote

Convertible Stripe Tennis Tote

Tory Burch Convertible Stripe Tennis Tote

Tennis Rally Bag 21L

Lululemon Tennis Rally Bag 21L

Canvas Carryalls

summer 2023 bag trends canvas bags

Raimonda Kulikauskiene

“Few things are more classic than a boat tote, and designers are now using canvas in handbag silhouettes beyond the tote bag,” Frank offers. “Canvas is neutral, durable, and easy to style back to almost any casual summer look.” And, if I may add, they make for the best beach bags.

Uptown Canvas Clutch

Saint Laurent Uptown Canvas Clutch

The Organic Canvas Mini Tote

Everlane The Organic Canvas Mini Tote

Small Moon Cut Out Logo Canvas Hobo Bag

Givenchy Small Moon Cut Out Logo Canvas Hobo Bag
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Dale Arden Chong is the Senior Fashion Commerce Editor at Previously, she was an editor at and has written for Who What Wear, GLAMOUR, The Coveteur, and more. She loves fashion, food, and art, among other things—but her greatest love is K-pop idol V of BTS. 

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