Most of are stealing away this Summer — be it to a lakeside cabin, a quiet beach, or a bustling city — for at least a few days, and the key to effortless travel during the warmer months is packing light. With sunny getaways in our near future (you know, the ones that require little more than a bathing suit and a few coverups) and a "no checked-bag" policy guiding our decision-making process, here are our top picks for chic weekender bags, duffels, and oversized totes. You'll be ready to jet, with no annoying waits in baggage claim.
"Head-to-toe" takes specifically strong meaning when referring to couture. And there's no skimping on style when these hats, bags, and heels hit the runway. From Schiaparelli's furry toppers to Dior's crisscross satin stilts and Armani Privé's plumed evening bags, these ornate extras are anything but afterthoughts at the couture shows.
And just as there is a wide range of colors, fabrics, and textures in the clothing, the accessories show a vast variety. While the edgier woman might be drawn to Iris van Herpen's tangled platform booties, ladylike dressers would lean toward the delicate jeweled minaudières Armani Privé used to add sparkle to the collection. See the best of the Fall 2013 Haute Couture accessories here in the gallery.
— Additional reporting by Jennifer Michalski
The Resort 2014 collections certainly warrant a closer look, right down to the very last detail. But it's not just the never-ending supply of lightweight fabrics and vacation-ready pieces that make these collections ripe for Summer styling; the shoes, the bags, and the glittering jewels do the bulk of the statement-making.
Ombré colorways provide new meaning to bright palettes, floral-embroidered tapestry bags double as chic beach totes, already-sexy pointy-toe pumps are transformed with even sexier cutouts, and modified takes on the evening clutch aren't limited to graphic motifs and raffia finishes. See the best of the Resort 2014 accessories here in the gallery.
— Additional reporting by Jennifer Michalski and John Soper
It seems Miranda Kerr, Jenna Lyons, and Jamie Chung are on to a very clever bit of styling (go figure!). Miranda kept it simple in denim and a button-down, but added a brilliant citron Michael by Michael Kors bag, for a trip to the airport. Jenna added life to a button-up and trousers with a bold Proenza Schouler PS11 bag (note the perfectly nonchalant crossbody styling), and Jamie Chung furthered her street-style prowess with a neon chain-strap bag in tow. After reviewing all three brightly accessorized ensembles, we're left with one thought: all it takes is a great bit of citron arm candy to liven up a whole look. Shop below and prepare to transform your Summer style with a single accessory.
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Whether it's the Hamptons or Napa, Summer is all about making those getaways for a little rest and relaxation. To help you on your way, we rounded up the best travel bags that score high on fashion and function. Shop some of our top choices — from Saint Laurent, Gucci, Coach, and more — below.
As the official expert on all things color, Pantone deemed 10 shades as right on trend for Spring/Summer 2013 — and two fall squarely in the blue family (Monaco and Dusk)! We've had a long relationship with the hue in denim, dresses, and tops, but as an accessory, it still feels like something new. Experiment alongside us by adding a colored bag to your wardrobe. See the 19 we're loving right now!
The switch to Summer isn't complete until you've ditched the heavy leather totes in favor of something that's a whole lot lighter — but big enough to hold your iPad and a favorite beach read or two. It really doesn't matter if you're vacation-bound or just headed to work; this season is all about lightening up, and we're starting with your everyday bag. With pops of color, classic Summer stripes, perforated details, and bright prints, this set is both totally on-trend and entirely functional. Consider this your call to tote-swap — just click through to shop the most stylish ways to stash your stuff all Summer.