It’s summer which means you no longer have to lug a bunch of books around campus. Usually an errands run or a night out only requires the essentials: a wallet, cell phone and possibly some sunglasses. The most efficient way to carry all of your stuff is to get a cross-body bag. Not only is it light and compact but if you pop it over your shoulder it will add a little flare to your look.

This Fashionista was spotted doing some shopping and I couldn’t help but notice her tan and neon cross-body bag. It is the perfect combination of fun but still sophisticated. This box shape and hard lines are very in style this season. This Fashionista is wearing this purse with a striped maxi dress perfect for a casual day of shopping. This accessory can be easily worn to work or out at night with a quick outfit change. Match this bag with a pair of skinny jeans, wedges and a blazer and you’re ready for a night on the town. It can also be paired with trousers, flats and a blazer for work.

If you are going to bring a bag around with you everywhere, it might as well be cute — right? This season prints and bold colors are the newest trend. It’s all about mixing and matching. Just as this week’s Fashionista did above, you can use bright colors to match your bag with an outfit that has stripes or patterns. If you are used to wearing a neutral color palette, try to make a statement with your bag with a fun Aztec pattern. There is such a variety of shapes sizes and patterns. Whether you’re thrifting an old purse or buying your own, be bold and have fun with summer patterns and colors!

Spotted: kate spade is using this week’s trend by matching an outfit with a cheetah print and red studded cross-body bag.

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