If the (hopeful) upcoming scorching temperatures have got you desperate to kickstart your summer wardrobe – but your budget is less welcoming of the overhaul – one of these new season summer bags will be the perfect way to dip your toe into the sartorial joys of the warmer months.
A bit like when the stars align, for SS22, all manner of fashion brands – from high-end to high street – have kicked their summer handbag game up a gear. And we are right here for it. No sweaty changing rooms, no size discrepancies, no WAY it won't suit you… a summer handbag is the perfect finishing touch to your summer uniform.
So, which summer bag styles to make a beeline for? For 2022, raffia and woven beach bags continue to make a splash, with styles by Loewe, Oroton and Isabel Marant proving they work just as well at a city picnic as they do on the Amalfi Coast.
Elsewhere, Prada's raffia tote – which was the undeniable must-have Insta summer bag of 2021, selling out as a result – is back in stock in a plethora of sunshine hues. From Lucy Williams to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a whole load of IT Girls got in on the action last season, and it now comes in an array of new shades from pastel blue to pink and lilac.
Slouchy silhouettes – as seen at Gucci, Loewe and JW Anderson – are also big news (taking inspiration from the structureless hobo bags that Kate Moss was seen with in the noughties), while bucket bags were seen all over the spring/summer 2022 runways. Think: Chloe's leather number with contrast stitching and Moschino's pool-ready bucket.
As for colours? There's only one rule: the brighter, the better. Gabriela Hearst led the rainbow movement for the new season with her colourful knitted pouches, but Loewe, Marine Serre and Kenneth Ize also went technicolour. On the high street, Mango's leather patchwork summer bag is the style we're expecting to sell out.
After more bags and purses? We've got the best designer handbags of the new season – including designer crossbody bags and designer tote bags – plus high-end baby changing bags, gym bags, clutch bags, black handbags and work bags for your big return to the office.