Because shorts and a tee need a little help in amping up your summer style.

Nothing is worse than walking in the dead heat of summer with loads of unnecessary accessories piled on top of your basic tee, denim shorts, and ponytail (even though you spent all morning trying to coif your locks).

You should know better by know.

That’s why the best way to take your basic summer uniform to the next level is to add a statement bag that screams “yes I have style even though I’m covered in a thin layer of sweat.”

The are the 5 handbag essentials you need for summer 2016.

1. The Bucket Bag

If you’re going to invest in one ‘it’ bag this season, it has to be the bucket bag. Every It Girl and her mother has been rocking the bucket bag lately, and we’re totally into it. Whether you go for a bold blue Mansur Gavriel, a neutral Nina Ricci to keep your look simply chic, or a studded Alexander Wang bag to add edge to a casual outfit, you really can’t go wrong.

SAINT LAURENT Jen Flat Studded Bucket Bag $1,650 | MANSUR GAVRIEL Mini Calf Bucket Bag $610 | ALEXANDER WANG Alpha Chained Bucket Bag $825 | AZZEDINE ALAIA Suede Grommet Bucket Bag $2,322 | AZZEDINE ALAIA Embroidered Bucket Bag $4,325 | NINA RICCI String Tie Bucket Crossbody Bag $1,590 | ALEXANDER WANG Woven Raffia Bucket Bag $550 

2. The Mini Bag

Think about it. Do you really need everything that’s tossed into your bottomless pit of a purse on a daily basis? No. What you do need? Your phone, your wallet, lipstick of the night, and your keys, which is why mini bags are going to be your new go-to for a summer night out. They’re the perfect size for fitting the necessities without being a hassle to carry around, and can easily be worn cross-body to free up those hands for holding margaritas and dancing the night away.

MARK CROSS Small Grace Python Box $4,000 | FENDI Micro Shearling Peekaboo Bag $1,950 | GIVENCHY Mini Antigona Tote $1,750 | MARNI Bandoleer Mini Shoulder Bag $1,470 | MARNI Mini Rose Gold Trunk Bag $1,890 | GIVENCHY Mini Pandora Box Shoulder Bag $1,995 | NINA RICCI Youkali Tote Bag $1,090 

3. The Chain Strap Bag

Whether you would describe your style as classic, feminine, boho, or tough, there is a chain strap bag out there for you. We love the light pink Lanvin for a ladylike purse perfect for outdoor brunching, the Alexander Wang gym sack for, well, athleisure-type gyming, and the YSL because… it’s YSL.

LANVIN Jiji Shoulder Bag $1,990 | SAINT LAURENT Baby Fringe Monogram Bag $1,790 | CHLOE Bi Color Drew $1,750 | ALEXANDER WANG Chain Purse $575 | ALEXANDER WANG Prisma Envelope Snaps Bag $595 | ALEXANDER WANG Attica Gym Sack $995 | NARCISCO RODRIGUEZ Envelope Clutch $1,195

4. The Updated Hobo Bag

We know, we know. We just sold you on tossing out all your totes for mini bags. Well, you should still do that, but then replace it with an updated take on the hobo bag. Perfect for using as a stylish work bag or a carry-all for a day trip, the hobo has always been one of our favorite bags for everyday. Keep it light and summery with a colorblocked Marni or bright white Nina Ricci, or go boho with a fringed Lanvin bag.

HENRY BEGUELIN Overlap Bag $995 | MARNI Pod Tricolored Bag $1,758 | NINA RICCI Stitch Detail Faust Tote Bag $1,850 | PROENZA SCHOULER Large Shopper Tote $1,590 | LOEWE Small Hammock Bag $1,990 | LANVIN Fringed Tote $1,450 | PROENZA SCHOULER Medium Grommet Tote $1,990

5. The Top Handle Bag

Nothing says sophistication like carrying your purse in the crook of your arm or in your hand. There’s just something so chic about putting in the extra effort to show off your handbag. For a twist on the classic top handle, opt for the cherry red Fendi or the muted navy Alexander Wang. Or if you’re feeling really bold with your summer wardrobe choices, go for the Fendi Monster bag. We say why the hell not.

FENDI Fashion Show Dotcom Bag $2,900 | NINA RICCI Youlali Tote $1,550 | ALEXANDER WANG Small Rogue Tote $995 | GIVENCHY Medium Flap Bag $2,290 | ALEXANDER WANG Small Emilie Tote $850 | FENDI Petite 2 Jour Monster $2,250 | SAINT LAURENT Cabas Croc Bag $2,650





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