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.
A long chain strap + tassel zip = always in style. Great for night or day.
$89 at Pixie Market.
Looks designer and is just big enough to fit a small book, your wallet and your phone—what more could you ask for?
$64 at Topshop.
Green Is Good
This is a color that will carry you through the end of the summer, into fall and beyond.
$58 at Nasty Gal.
Pricey, yes, but the kind of bag you'll be passing through the generations we think. Great color, too.
$795 at J.Crew.
Want a Cambridge Satchel bag but not ready to commit to the price or the size? Try out this little guy.
$30.55 at ASOS.
This mini bag looks a lot like one of our favorite aspirational bags, but without the bonkers price tag.
$17.40 at Mikkat Market.
Claire Vivier is only one of the most popular bag makers around right now—grab her mini shoulder bag for some indie-designer street credit.
$166 at Steven Alan.
Looking for some edge with your teeny bag? Look no further.
$24 at Topshop.
Need a mini bag that will last you through the summer? Fine to go totally over-the-top trendy then.
$30.55 at ASOS.
Consider a high-end designer camera bag to tempt your wallet (and then house it).
$450 at Net-a-Porter.