We’re closing in on the hottest days of the year—yes, the dog days of summer. Balmy and too-hot, the tendency is to wear as little clothing as possible. If you’re going to loosen up the dress code, why not lighten your accessory load, too? We propose swapping out your mega holds-everything satchel for something a bit smaller, a little dainty even. All you really need to carry with you is the bare necessities anyway: some money, keys, phone and something rad to read. Pick out a cute bag that will hold just that. Click through for 10 great picks.
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Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.