There’s something about a great handbag that really pulls an outfit together. A nice structured tote adds polish to a work outfit, and a straw bag brings some fun to a summery dress. Recently, I’ve been shopping to find summer bags that are not only affordable, but also functional! I’ve pulled together some of my favorites for you below!

In the past few months, I’ve been assessing my closet and trying to create a more intentional, capsule-like wardrobe. (If you haven’t heard of capsule wardrobes, check this out! Essentially, a capsule is a mini-wardrobe made up of items that are really versatile and can be used to build many different outfits.) When shopping intentionally, it’s really important to find pieces that will get a lot of use, fit my lifestyle, and hold up well. Handbags is one area of my wardrobe that could definitely use a bit of a refresh. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite summer bags below, including straw bags, crossbody bags, and totes – happy shopping!

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15 Summer Bags Under $50

15 Summer Bags Under $50 - Affordable Straw Bags, Crossbody Bags, and Tote Bags!


Straw: one / two / three / four / five.

Cross-body: six / seven / eight / nine / ten.

Tote: eleven / twelve / thirteen / fourteen / fifteen.


Straw Bags

These are a huge trend this summer! I try not to spend lots of money on trendy things, so I love that I was able to find so many of these under $50! If you’re going to invest in a purse, I would suggest going with a really high quality tote or satchel – something that you’ll use for years! I had a ton of fun pulling these together, and I especially love #4 and #5 (those poms are too cute).

Cross-body Bags

I love these for the weekend, and I think they make perfect summer bags! They’re great for holding all the essentials and going hands-free. I would carry one every day if I didn’t always bring a million things with me (see below). Instead, I tend to stick with tote bags for work and cross-body bags for days off!

Tote Bags

I love bags that can hold my camera and the other 8000 items I carry with me to work. (Umbrella, extra shoes, headphones for my iPhone, headphones for my computer, keys, work keys, bullet journal and so on… you get the point.) Tote bags are perfect for this! I always prefer tote bags with zippers, especially for work, because I like to keep all my things contained. However, I couldn’t resist a picking few open totes – #11 and #14 are so versatile!