The Only Bag Styles Worth Investing in This Summer

Hands up who loves trading their wintery, leather handbag for something more spirited? Making that swap over signals a true change of season and goes hand in hand with welcoming slides, sunglasses and summer dresses into the forefront of our wardrobes.

But back to bags - the question being, what to swap your faithful black tote for? The good news is that summer trends are much more democratic and playful; a woven basket bag for £20 will look as chic as something that could set you back hundreds. The bad news however is where to draw the line. From girlie and beaded to circular and oversized, you could have a bag with a wildly different personality for everyday of the week.

Our money’s on five key styles – which perhaps sounds extravagant, but is the number which we think best sums up all the varieties vying for our shoulders and wallets right now. So from a woven tote for the park to an slip-handle clutch for smarter moments, don’t buy anything until you’ve browsed our edit below.