Picking a new bag for the season can feel overwhelming.
- Raffia and wicker bags: These will always make the summer bag list as they are perfect for the season because they're lightweight and airy. Plus, they come in all sorts of styles, from totes to shoulder bags to crossbody bags. Natural materials are a big trend to watch this summer.
- Crochet bags: Crochet bags are another fun and flirty summer trend. They can be dressed up or down, and they're perfect for adding a touch of personality to your outfit.
- Metallic bags: If you're looking to add a little glamour to your summer look, reach for a metallic bag. Gold and silver are always popular choices, but you can also find metallic bags in other colours like rose gold and copper.
- Oversized totes: Ludicrously capacious bags are never going out of style, plus they're perfect for carrying everything you need for a day at the beach or the pool. Plus, they come in all sorts of fun colours and patterns.
We have scoured the 'net to find our very favourite summer bags for you to choose from so you can focus on filling your social calendar this summer. The best news is they won't break the bank and we've even thrown in some affordable dupes for trending luxury purses.
The best summer bags for 2023
Best rafia and woven bags
Mimmi Terra Eco Utility double handle tote, $120 (usually $149), THE ICONIC
Perhaps the perfect beach tote, this handy bag is woven from recycled materials to reduce waste whilst still being extremely chic.
Laura Jones Seagrass mini shopper bag, $69.99, STRAND
Summer is the perfect opportunity to lean into natural materials like this raffia woven tote bag that feels like the quintessential bag for warm sunny mornings at the market.
Best colourful summer bags
Jacinta crossbody bag, $99.95, Louenhide
Go big and bold with your colour choices this summer like this rich sunflower orange hue. Because it's a crossbody you can take it anywhere and everywhere with you while you're on the go.
Topshop Shay ombre bag, $31 (usually $45), THE ICONIC
With a subtle pop of purple to enhance your outfit, this shoulder bag is also the perfect size to fit your everyday essentials without being too bulky.
Best metallic bags
Mini croc effect metallic moon bag, $116, Charles & Keith
Silver is certainly the tone of the season and this adorable mini moon bag with a croc-effect finish is a must-have statement piece.
Glamorous mini grab bag, $52, ASOS
Try out the metallics by adding in some colour like this woven pink hobo bag that could either be for a night out or make a statement and have it as your everyday purse this season.
Best summer party bags
Izoa Crystal bag rainbow, $119, Hardtofind
Summer parties and the festive season coming up, and this is the moment to try out a bold bag like this embellished rainbow purse.
Gidget beaded cross body, $37.95 (usually $76), Petal & Pup
Beaded bags throw us back to when we were kids in the best way possible, we can't get enough of this green crossbody and single handle for our next event.
Best summer tote bags
Teeto tote, $170, Poppy Lissiman
You can use this tote for absolutely everything this summer, from the beach to the office, uni or running errands. Made from recycled rPET fabric with faux leather straps, it looks good and performs better.
South Beach Plain towelling bag, $46, ASOS
Could this be your new summer beach bag? Absolutely! An easy to carry size that can fit your sunscreen, towel, beach read and sunnies and is durable around water and sand thanks to the terry towelling finish.
Best affordable summer bags
Silver beaded handbag, $29.99, Glassons
We would never guess that this trendy beaded bag was under $30, but we can't get enough of the idea of styling this in our wardrobe this summer.
Amelia shoulder bag, $49.99, Cotton On
A white, lightweight slouchy shoulder bag is the ideal silhouette for your everyday purse this season.