With accessories, you need to dress according to the outfit you wear - and this includes adding a purse to your ensemble. So, what do you pair with the season's hottest outfit trend: the maxi? Simple, chic and classic jewelry - or even avoid individual pieces altogether to opt for a handbag as your statement accessory.
With bright, colorful floral prints (as seen below), a classic tote or messenger bag will take you between afternoon errands to late-nights with margaritas on your favorite patio. Stay away from busy patterns or slouchy hobos that will otherwise over-power your patterned dress and overwhelm that 'easy' look of summer.
Since maxi dresses tend to stray away from solid colors (most women cannot carry that ensemble off without accessorizing for the season properly), here's another breezy example - the ECI Jersey Maxi Dress from Nordstrom. Similarly patterned - albeit not as bright - this airy ankle-length dress doesn't need much in the way of accents. Keep your style simple by pairing with a quilted shoulder bag. Both colors of the Debra and Melissa flap shoulder bags pair well with the scheme of this busy, but chic outfit, keeping it dressy.
Now, for more casual affairs, some still enjoy the luxury of a chain-strap quilted handbag, but others prefer something with more room - summer adventures can take you anywhere, you know. Again, a simple, colored tote would work great here as well.
There's nothing better than owning a genuine leather handbag. Durable, chic and decidedly more 'rich' looking in forms of craftsmanship and style. And what I love best about the new arrivals, is the plethora of hot summer colors available in these natural satchels, hobos and messenger bags. If you haven't heard, this season is ALL about bold, bright shades of fun.
Jackie's Luxury Patent Tote. Large, hot pink and in charge. All pre-requisites to enjoy your summer to the best of your ability. Aristo. Probably the most unique green handbag that I've seen in the industry. Its hobo shape is a force to be reckoned with for both summer and beyond (I'm predicting green to be Fall's go to color). Easy Rider Satchel comes in multiple color combos, and is also sold in leather vs. lace facade for your dual personality. Casey Damier in baby pink is not quite the boldest of statements, but perky and girly just the same to pair up with your maxi dresses and beach cover-ups.
And then there's the Martha Exotic. Oh, that blue is as happy as the cloudless summer sky. This is a must for my closet this year. Janet Quilted Shoulder Bag is a classic. Know that going in. And its cross-body styling is perfect for vacations and day-long travels. The colorful exterior is just an icing on your Fourth of July cupcakes. Or the sprinkles. Which leather handbag is your favorite summer accessory?