The beauty of summer is its inherently carefree nature. Plans are overrated as it’s all about figuring out ways to enjoy the warm weather spontaneously- cue the last-minute weekend beach trips, and long, late nights aimlessly getting into everything and anything. That spirit is precisely why once May hits I leave all of my big, heavy bags on the backburner. Sure, they may be useful for schlepping around extras, but it’s far from convenient once that after-work meetup turns into an impromptu night of bar hopping. But it’s not just the ability to pack lightly that’s won me over: I find myself walking so much more during the warm months, and a heavy shoulder full of junk gets old fast.
In their place, I’m going for bags that are as lightweight and compact as possible. That includes swapping full-on leather bags with bulky buckles for raffia totes and crossbody mini bags that are a fraction of the weight. To check out all the cute and practical bags I currently have my eye on, keep scrolling.