Fashion: Summertime purses

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Nothing gets as many looks or as much wear as your go-to bag. If you're hoping to get out of a summertime style slump but don't want to buy more clothes, consider a new purse.

The selections here aren't big enough to hold your whole life , but they're eye-catching enough to change it.

Get a little bling for your buck with this muted gold-tone tote, with a front covered in a quilt of rhinestone studs. The slouchy look and two adjustable straps make it daytime-friendly, though, and the polka-dot lining will make you smile each time you reach into the roomy interior.

The Emperor's Newest Clothes, $59

This goes-with-anything straw clutch couldn't be cuter. We love the subtle color, and its length makes it surprisingly roomy. An oversized silver twist closure secures everything, and while this purse doesn't have a strap, it'll slip easily under your arm.

Pitaya, $29

If you want a vintage look that's built to last, check out the one-of-a-kind selection at Grandview's fine consignment shop Coco Couture. Several varieties of structured straw bags are available right now. This one's boxy shape and color-contrasting leather lid are sure to make a statement.

Coco Couture, $38

This bag's adventurous attitude is clear. Its ruched, fold-over design keeps contents cushioned, while a braided gold chain keeps it ready at the hip. A few other colors, like olive green and brown, are available, but the blue caught our eye.

Substance for Fashion Conscious People, $46

If you're more into pretty prints than lots of pockets, this handmade, vintage-inspired clutch is for you. Red Clover clutches are made locally and feature a variety of colorful prints stretched over metal frames. They're lined with contrasting fabric and available in two sizes. Find more designs on the shop's Etsy page.

Red Clover Clutch, $ 35

The Emperor's Newest Clothes

636 N. High St., Short North



1618 N. High St., Campus


Coco Couture

1423-A Grandview Ave., Grandview


Substance for Fashion Conscious People

783 N. High St., Short North


Red Clover Clutch

Available at Whole Foods, Dublin