Why the Best Summer Bags Are Cheap Thrills

If September is meant for back to school, June is marked by the annual reinvention of your summer style. Where fall is about investing in pieces that will last you all year, like a sturdy black leather carryall or new winter coat, your summer shoppinglist should consist of cheap thrills that you don’t mind spilling rosé on. That approach is particularly important when it comes to your bag—a fun, flirty thing to last you just through August, and a good excuse to get experimental.

An affordable summer bag lets you play with weird textures and pastel colors (pale blue patent, anyone?) without thinking about the long term. Who needs another designer tote when you can buy a woven market bag for a steal? From Amélie Pichard’s elevated basket, spotted on Emily Ratajkowski in Cannes, to Ceri Hoover’s buttermilk yellow pouchette, here are the best summer carryalls for less than $500.

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