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Beauty Inside & Out | Summer style is in the bag

Beaded Clutch Bag at H & M, hm.com.
Beaded Clutch Bag at H & M, hm.com.

Style this season is in the bag, or rather, the handbag.

Whether it’s dressing up cutoffs and a T-shirt or adding an accent of color to a little black dress, a handbag can help create a look all its own. To look chic this summer, pick up one of these trends.

Bucket bags

The biggest handbag trend to make waves this summer, the bucket bag is perfect for at work or play thanks to its cinched opening and roomy, soft silhouette.

For a pop of color, shop for a bucket bag in a vibrant hue like orange, accented by a perforated geometric pattern. Or, if you wish to invest in one that will carry you into fall, opt for one in classic camel or black leather.

Crossbody

Slung across your body, these bags are popular in all sizes and shapes this season — small and rectangular, large and slouchy. While summer is in full bloom, bright shades of red and yellow will make a splash when wearing this type of bag, or for a more refined look, throw on one with color blocking in white, gray and black with metallic detailing.

Clutch

This season, this handy little bag can hold more than just the essentials thanks to roomier sizes and shapes. Large envelopes, flap-over closures, rectangular shapes and embroidery are just a few of the trends carrying this style through summer.

Totes

Oversized or small, the tote bag is a style and shape that can take you from work to weekend. For summer, bright patterns, florals and shades of pastels give this simple design a chic update, or for year-round use, shop for totes in functional fabrics like twill or leather.

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