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The 4 Bags That Will Set You Up for Spring, Summer, and Beyond

Written by: Amanda Chung

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Published on: April 2, 2024

Fashion editor: Caroline Griswold

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Photo courtesy of The Style Stalker/Blaublut-Edition.com

What makes a good handbag is entirely personal: Do you carry a lot or a little? Do you want one bag for work and play, or would you prefer to switch things up depending on where you’re going? Aesthetically, are you the type to walk down the street with a Jane Birkin–esque wicker basket in hand or would you rather leave that to the French girls?

Luckily, we have a bevy of spring bags in every size and style—below, we break it down.

THE PETITE POCKETBOOK

Whether it’s a suede clutch or a ladylike top-handle bag, an outfit-finisher that has only enough room for the essentials makes an already considered look seem even more so. But don’t go thinking it’s not practical: Each one of these comes with an optional crossbody strap.

  1. DEMELLIER
    Paris Top-Handle Bag
    goop, $585SHOP NOW
  2. MÉTIER
    Cala 21 Tote
    goop, $1,450SHOP NOW
  3. Savette
    Symmetry 26 Bag
    goop, $1,950SHOP NOW
  4. MÉTIER
    Roma Mini Clutch
    goop, $2,250SHOP NOW

THE BUCKET

The beauty of this silhouette is the open top, which lets you easily access your phone, wallet, keys, et al. without fumbling over a zipper or other inconvenient hardware. Our favorite ones this season play with texture and color, allowing them to be the focal point of your looks, if you like.

  1. RUE DE VERNEUIL
    Small Cruise Bucket Bag
    goop, $303SHOP NOW
  2. MÉTIER
    Perriand Mini Bag
    goop, $2,150SHOP NOW
  3. Bembien
    Mia Bucket Bag
    goop, $295SHOP NOW
  4. Savette
    Bucket Bag
    goop, $1,190SHOP NOW

THE HOLDS-EVERYTHING TOTE

Our specifications: It must fit a laptop. It must look just as good with an office-bound suit as it does with a simple white tee and denim. And when set down on a flat surface, it must remain upright without tipping over (this might seem like a given, but you’d be surprised).

  1. MANSUR GAVRIEL
    Everyday Cabas Tote
    goop, $595SHOP NOW
  2. MÉTIER
    Incognito Small Bag
    goop, $2,250SHOP NOW
  3. Toteme
    Belted Tote
    goop, $1,250SHOP NOW
  4. Savette
    Large Tondo Tote
    goop, $1,600SHOP NOW

THE BASKET

The round-handled Hereu would be great on a tropical vacation. The mood-boosting DeMellier belongs at the farmers’ market, filled to the brim with seasonal produce and fresh flowers. As for that white Dragon Diffusion? It might be able to do both.

  1. Hereu
    Cabassa Raffia Bag
    goop, $745SHOP NOW
  2. DEMELLIER
    Tokyo Tote
    goop, $640SHOP NOW
  3. DEMELLIER
    Santorini Tote
    goop, $355SHOP NOW
  4. Dragon Diffusion
    Big Nantucket Bag
    goop, $523SHOP NOW