These are the chicest handbags that the fashion set are investing in for summer

While some are ‘overhauling’ their wardrobes for summer, sometimes it takes nothing more than a quick look at your handbags to see how this small but crucial accessory can transform your look. 

We barely carried – or even touched – our totes, crossbodies or baskets for almost two years, but despite so often cursing the need to carry them ‘everywhere‘, we’d be lying if we said we hasn’t missed that part of our wardrobes over lockdown.

Their sartorial power is undeniable, transforming an outfit from day to night, city to beach, bad to good with ease. So as we finally all agree that we’re officially over our lockdown tracksuits (in public, at least) and begin to plan all of our post-lockdown summer looks, now is the perfect time to invest in your high street or designer handbag repertoire.

Admittedly, yes, we would find any excuse to do that…

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Whether you’re looking for a classic tote, a bang-on-trend clutch (no, we’re serious), or a practical crossbody, the summer season actually provides the perfect conditions for a little experimentation when it comes to summer bags.

Heading abroad for the first time in a couple of years? Why not treat yourself to one of the season’s bang-on-trend beach totes to double-up as the perfect carry-on bag?

Bored of your forever-black/navy/brown colour palette? There are endless cream/ivory/beige iterations to tempt you this season.

Got a lot of weddings on the calendar? Instead of going ‘all out’ on your dress you could invest in a fun, beaded bag in a bright colour to mix things up a bit.

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Neutral shades are big news right now in the bag world, with sandy taupes and warm creams proving particularly popular. Naturally, there are a couple of blindingly-bold takes to shake the industry up, should you be feeling brave and ready to make a statement.

Here are 30 bags to refresh and elevate your wardrobe. Go on, treat yourself…

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