June 8, 2014

Style Feature: The Summer Bag

Even though it’s not technically summer yet, it might as well be with the weather we’ve been having, and like with your clothes, your accessories should change with the seasons. Leather is classic all year long, but why not make things a little more interesting? A wool bag is great for winter and cotton is equally perfect for summer.

1. Summer Stripe

Sometimes a leather messenger bag just isn’t the right fit. Maybe it’s too big for what you need to carry or it feels too business-y for what you are wearing or doing that day. A smaller canvas bag is a good alternative. One of my favorite things about this bag is the versatility that the combination of the shoulder strap and handle gives me.

Extra Tip : Another benefit to a cotton bag is that when it starts to rain, like it did during this shoot, your bag won’t be damaged.

Bag by Jack Spade; Sweater by Nautica; Shirt and belt by J.Crew;
Pants by Billy Reid; Sneakers by AllSaints; Socks by Corgi;
Sunglasses by Alexander McQueen

2. Nautical Navy

Not all tote bags are created equal. A sturdy canvas tote with pockets will give you the function and the style with a seasonal twist.

Extra Tip : Scarves aren’t just for the winter. During the spring and summer, adding a lightweight scarf will keep the sun off of your neck, which actually helps you stay cooler.

Tote and scarf by Gant; Shirt by Gant Rugger; Denim by AllSaints;
Boat shoes by Sebago; Sunglasses by Marc by Marc Jacobs; Watch by Nautica

Now obviously there are innumerable options for seasonal bags as you can find them in a wide variety of styles, colors, and materials. The key, as with buying any bag, is finding one that suits your personal style and needs.

Stay stylish,

- JJ

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