Must-Have Summer Bags Under $100

Check out top totes and clutches that are cheeky (and cheap!)
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Tribal Test

The tribal trend? Wonderful. Head-to-toe? A bit much. An embellished and strongly patterned bag makes the right (strong but not overwhelming) statement. Fossil cotton embellished tote, $94; fossil.com
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Sorbet Shades

Brighten up that most beloved summer staple, straw, with lime and sunny yellow. Aldo straw clutch, $28; aldoshoes.com
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Have Some Souk

The embroidery and mirrored discs say, "I just returned from a glam vacation in Morocco. Big Buddha PVC clutch, $60; mybigbuddha.com)/Detail.bok
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White Size Fits All

Can’t get enough of white? Indulge yourself (until Labor Day rolls around). Simply Vera pebble PVC hobo, $99; kohls.com for similar styles
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Uncork Some Style

Reason #73 to buy this simple clutch? If you lose it overboard, it’ll float! Banana Republic cork clutch, $60; 888-277-8953 for stores
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Hobo Goes Alfresco

Rattan is the utility infielder of summer—great for everything from cute yard furniture to cute handbags. Coldwater creek leather and cotton twill hobo, $70; coldwatercreek.com for similar styles
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Buckle Up

As summer’s lazy afternoons and impromptu lunches unspool, the only structure you may find appealing t is in your accessories. SR Squared by Sondra Roberts cork clutch, $60; sondraroberts.com
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Yes, Yellow!

Is never wearing yellow one of your personal rules? We hear you. But as a bag, it’s an easy and one-for-all fit. Kenneth Cole Reaction faux python tote, $88; kennethcole.com for similar styles
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Pretty Tiers

Ruffles strike some as a little too jeune fille, but decoratng a flirty, long-strap purse, we think they’re tres jolie. Alice + Olivia for Payless vinyl cross-body bag, $40; payless.com
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Light Makes Right

When the temps inch upward, slogging through the day with a heavy leather tote is just unnecessary effort. The same style, in ultra-light nylon, lightens your load. Dooney & Bourke nylon and leather carrier, $98; dooney.com
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Business Meets Party

Stylish, but with a sense of humor—do we even need to explain why we find this stenciled canvas tote so genius? Tommy Hilfiger canvas tote, $79; amazon.com
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Small Touch of Big Game

Animal prints are a huge trend right now, but you needn’t put them in the center ring. Add some stripes or spots with your bag instead. SR Squared by Sondra Roberts raffia hobo, $55; sondraroberts.com
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Tote That’s Got Our Vote

You need to carry just as much stuff in the summer as you do in the winter? Then lighten up your bag instead of your load: Forget the blacks and navys and pick something light and metallic. Banana Republic leather tote, $98; bananarepublic.com
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Customs-Proof

Make your 9-5 feel more like a vacation with a small bag done up in shells and straw. Skemo straw, shell and crystal bead clutch, $99; skemo.com
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Summer Sampler

Satin and silk accessories are great, but not with sundresses and shades. For a more seasonal take, look for bags like this linen, straw and leather combo. Tommy Bahama split rattan, leather and linen clutch, $98; tommybahama.com for stores
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Tan Lines

Leave dark browns and blacks to colder months. A tawny tan is much better suited to the easy, breezy styles of summer. Big Buddha PVC hobo, $80; mybigbuddha.com
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White and Ready

The combo of black and white gives a splash of summer to this most classic of bags. Simply Vera large-plate crocodile PVC hobo, $69; kohls.com
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Cool Contradiction

The unexpected union of lace (dainty) with straw (durable) gives this simple clutch some spark. The Fashion Plate straw and lace clutch, $68; thefashionplate.com
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Shift Into Neutral

Count lemony yellow as a summery addition to the neutral palette. Nine West PVC hobo, $79; 800-999-1877 for stores
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Something Sweet

Is it just us, or does the piping on this petite purse remind you of a cool slice of key lime? Rampage faux leather clutch, $58; 800-847-0072 for stores WANT MORE SUMMER ESSENTIALS? CHECK OUT + MUST HAVE TOPS AND SHORTS UNDER $100+
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First Published Tue, 2010-05-25 07:41

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