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Summer In Europe: The 15 Designer Day Bags On My Wishlist


Sure, summers in Europe make us all want to stock up on designer sundresses—but what about designer day bags? Whether you’re meandering through the sun-drenched streets of the south of France or exploring the rustic charm of the Spanish countryside, your day accessory isn’t just about style—it’s about practicality too. As you plan your European escape, consider elevating your ensemble with a bag you’ll always reach for. From coveted brands like Cult Gaia and Demellier London, the market is brimming with spring-summer styles waiting to be discovered. With one of these designer day bags by your side, you’ll be ready to tackle any adventure that comes your way. So, if you find yourself counting down the weeks until your online check-in opens, there’s no better time than now to dust off that wishlist.

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PRADA Small Belted Leather Handbag

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CULT GAIA Puffer Clutch Bag

Chic Styles To Not Miss


When it comes to designer day bags, lighter shades are notoriously known for being the best choice. Not only do they help elevate any color ensemble, but they’re also incredibly versatile across styles. One noteworthy bag I can’t keep my eyes off of is the Cult Gaia Puffer clutch bag. We all know Cult Gaia accessories are famous for their holiday-esque aesthetic—and this piece is no different. When styled with the Milly Flowers of Spain linen sundress and Manolo Blahnik Climnetra slingback sandals, you might want to explore the brand further. Neutral accessories always look magical with a vibrant print.


However, if clutches aren’t much of your thing, you can always go for a bigger piece like Prada’s belted handbag. Not only is it a modern design unlike any other, its size is just perfect for bringing your essentials along for the thrill. But don’t be fooled—mini totes like this can be stylish too. In fact, this piece especially pairs beautifully with the Farm Rio embroidered midi dress and Valentino Garavani Rockstud wedge sandals. Sometimes, the best looks are those that are most comfortable.

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  • WEEKEND MAX MARA Nabarro Large Pasticcino Bag

  • OSCAR DE LA RENTA Large Flora & Fauna Knotted Leather Tote

  • WEEKEND MAX MARA Saloon Crochet Shopper Tote

  • POOLSIDE The Cesi Conch Shopper Raffia Shoulder Bag

  • SAINT LAURENT Oxalis Raffia Macramé Shoulder Bag

  • VERSACE Embellished Leather Tote

  • DOLCE & GABBANA Raso Satin Shoulder Bag

  • CULT GAIA Puffer Clutch Bag

  • PRADA Small Belted Leather Handbag

  • CHLOÉ Medium Penelope Raffia & Leather Shoulder Bag

  • CHLOÉ Micro Sense Crossbody Tote

  • DEMELLIER LONDON New York Canvas Shopper Tote Bag

  • CULT GAIA Eos Box Clutch Bag

  • BOTTEGA VENETA Andiamo Small Intrecciato-leather Handbag


More Space, Please


Some trips call for designer day bags that simply have more space. Whether you have a luxurious itinerary planned or maybe even just a beach day, Europe has a whole lot to explore. One of the best brands for spacious styles is Chloé. The brand’s Penelope raffia shoulder bag is just a sneak peek into what it has to offer. On-trend with its raffia texture, this shoulder bag doubles up as a crossbody for convenience. Style it with an all-white look like the Frankies Bikinis Sunflower dress and Amina Muaddi Kim pointed pumps for the chicest ensemble of your trip.


If you’re like me and never know how much space you’ll need, a happy-medium is the Versace leather tote. While small enough to carry to lunches, this bag can also fit a number of essentials. Not to mention, it’s a piece that truly transcends seasons. I’d style it with the Le Superbe Day Shifter dress and Aquazzura crystal embellished sandals for added texture and playfulness. European style may be on the simpler side, but that doesn’t mean your designer day bags can’t be a little extra. One thing I’ll never be on vacation is basic.

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VERSACE Embellished Leather Tote

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CHLOÉ Medium Penelope Raffia & Leather Shoulder Bag

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