Fashion: Great summer handbags

By Columbus Alive
From the July 12, 2012 edition

Isn’t it time for a bag that keeps up with you? We found some perfect picks for summer bags, no matter where you plan to tote them.

We found some summer bags that are perfect no matter where you plan to tote them.

For work

J.Crew, $288

Easton Town Center & Polaris Fashion Place

There’s something about a polished-looking work tote that makes every weekday seem so put-together. Slick, sturdy and statement-making ... This one is everything you’re looking for in a bag, with the added bonus of a pop of color!

For evening

Henri Bendel, $278

Easton Town Center

We could sing this bag’s praises all night long (and your friends definitely will) — especially the leather that’s laser cut to look like lace and the metal shoulder strap. You’ll likely find yourself choosing some pretty plain outfits to allow this bag to shine.

For the weekend

Everlane, $95

everlane.com

This members-only site (membership is free, mind you) has crafted what might be the perfect unisex weekend bag — classic, durable and approachable. Plus, it fits in any overhead compartment for your next 48-hour getaway.

For the beach or pool

Thread on Grandview, $88

1306 Grandview Ave., Grandview 

Sure, this looks like a weekend bag (the photo hardly does it justice — it’s huge!), but it’s especially useful for hauling chilled snacks and drinks thanks to the insulated liner. Plus, we love that you can detach the liner for easy cleaning.