Summer 2012's 10 Best Bags
Ask for a mini umbrella with your cocktail so your other hand won't get jealous.
"pool party" cluch, $278, katespade.com
Half weekend in the Cape, half fancy ladies luncheon, it's bipolar (in a really good way).
Canvas printed python tote, $1,435, Proenzaschouler.com
Scallop edge satchel,
Versatile and pretty but not overly precious, so you won't freak out when it runs into some ketchup or chlorine.
Scallop edge satchel, $33.14, Asos.com
"She's a rainbow" purse
The requisite music festival bag.
"She's a rainbow" purse, $65, Ailin Bisi, Openingceremony.us
"No. 3" circle bag
That subversive, off-kilter shape balances the Barbie pink girliness.
"No. 3" circle bag, $486.50, Reece Hudson, Kirnazabete.com
An easy-to-spot, water-resistant beach bag you'll want to carry for real life errands, too.
PVC shopper, $448, Marni.com
Along with chambray and white denim, toss Missoni's woven knits in the stereotypically summer category: you'll wear this one year after year.
Shoulder bag, $690, Missoni, Forzieri.com
"Pashli" messenger bag
Proof that white handbags can have the same sort of swagger as studded black ones.
"Pashli" messenger bag, $750, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Shopbop.com
Woven leather and raffia clutch
Hands free, so it's easier to stir your caipirinha.
Woven leather and raffia clutch, $447.50, Burberry Prorsum, Net-a-Porter.com
Top Handle Bag
What to pair with your stable of white dresses: eyelet, lace, crochet, it'll look amazing with them all.
top handle bag, $1,650, miumiu.com