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20 Designer Bags to Obsess over This Summer ...

By Sophia

Designer bags summer 2012: rest assured there’s a wealth of styles to obsess over this season. Now, while many of us can’t afford a new designer bag, that doesn’t stop us from coveting and lusting after them. From new designs to reworked classics these are just a few designer bags for summer 2012 to obsess over.

1 Alexander Wang Marion Mini Sling Bag

Alexander Wang Marion Mini Sling BagPrice: $650.00 at

Alexander Wang bags are worthy of coveting all year round, not just as designer bags summer 2012. That said, this mini sling bag would look ever so chic teamed with a flirty summer dress. This bag has a structured design with signature rhodium hardware.

2 Mulberry ‘the Lily’

Mulberry ‘the Lily’Price: $800.00 at

If you like your designer bags with a more feminine angle then take a look at this sweet number by Mulberry. It has a quite simple design and comes in the loveliest pale pink colour. Wear it with a floral dress and heels for a ladylike look.

3 Michael Michael Kors Jet Set Shoulder Bag

Michael Michael Kors Jet Set Shoulder BagPrice: $130.00 at

Coloured handbags are a chic summer trend. When it comes to designer bags for summer 2012, look out for ones in eye-catching shades. This small bag comes in a hot pink colour and features a chain and leather shoulder strap. It would look great teamed with a neutral top and pastel shorts.

4 Jil Sander Circle Leather Clutch

Jil Sander Circle Leather ClutchPrice: $360.00 at

This cute leather clutch is minimalism with a twist. Despite the fairly basic design, the circular shape is still quite unexpected. It’ll only fit the bare essentials but it would be a great for working a contemporary cocktail look.

5 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli SatchelPrice: $875.00 at

The Pashli satchel has quickly become one of the hottest ‘it’ bags around. While the black version may seem more versatile, white is a fresh choice when it comes to designer bags for summer 2012.

6 Charlotte Olympia Pandora Feather Perspex Clutch

Charlotte Olympia Pandora Feather Perspex ClutchPrice: $995.00 at

This Perspex clutch is truly stunning. There’s been a trend lately for clear or see-through bags, and this one takes it to the next level with beautiful feathers embedded within. Since it’s see through, you’d want to keep the insides clutter free!

7 Alexander Wang Prisma Tote

Alexander Wang Prisma TotePrice: $685.00 at

The Prisma tote is simple in design but unmistakeably Alexander Wang – thanks to the metal hardware. For designer bags summer 2012, this is perfect for the minimalist within. This bag is also available in white and black colours.

8 Mulberry Mini Shoulder Bag

Mulberry Mini Shoulder BagPrice: $435.00 at

Ditch the oversized handbags this summer and opt for something more compact, like this mini bag by Mulberry. It’s made from patent leather and comes in a sunshine yellow finish. With only enough rooms for your phone, keys and cards, you’ll feel like there’s been a weight lifted off your shoulders.

9 Jil Sander Square Evening Wristlet

Jil Sander Square Evening WristletPrice: $510.00 at

Unusually shaped bags are becoming an increasingly popular trend when it comes to designer bags for summer 2012. This pyramid shaped clutch by Jil Sander is a perfect example. It also comes in a range of other colours.

10 Christian Louboutin Artemis Fringed Shoulder Bag

Christian Louboutin Artemis Fringed Shoulder BagPrice: $1195.00 at

While Christian Louboutin may be well known for his shoes, it has to be said he designs some pretty killer bags as well. This is an updated version of the ‘Artemis’ bag and comes in gold textured leather with a fringed chain strap. The ultimate arm candy? I think so!

11 Proenza Schouler PS1 Pouch

Proenza Schouler PS1 PouchPrice: $1325.00 at

This small side bag is a miniature version of the popular PS1 messenger. It comes in a summery neon yellow colour with a suede finish. Perfect for working a contemporary look, I’d team this bag with a sleeveless denim shirt and slouchy printed pants.

12 Miu Miu Two Toned Sequin Clutch

Miu Miu Two Toned Sequin ClutchPrice: $995 at

All things glittery are trending right now so make sure your 2012 summer designer bags are covered in the stuff. This one features two tone sequins which can be brushed to either side depending on your mood. Ingenious!

13 Proenza Schouler PS11 Shoulder Bag

Proenza Schouler PS11 Shoulder BagPrice: $1950.00 at

You can’t go past a classic black handbag, but this one has a much more modern feel to it. It’s made from texture leather and is finished with silver hardware. Definitely an investment piece, this bag will last you more than just one season.

14 Mulberry Bayswater Bag

Mulberry Bayswater BagPrice: $1027.00 at

The Mulberry Bayswater is an iconic, timeless bag. However, here it’s been given a very contemporary and summery twist in the form of bright green leather. It’s perfect for work or play.

15 Alexander Wang Brenda Shoulder Bag

Alexander Wang Brenda Shoulder BagPrice: $725.00 at

This style of bag has been around for a while now but this summer it’s available in a chic mint colour. It’s ideal for teaming with this season’s hottest pastel clothes.

16 Rochas Metallic Karina Tote

Rochas Metallic Karina TotePrice: $1525.00 at

The metallic trend isn’t going anywhere, so make the most of it with this designer bag. This flat tote features a leather drawstring detail and front zip pocket. It would really make a statement when worn with neutrals.

17 Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Tote

Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather TotePrice: $1995.00 at

Neon colours are everywhere this summer to embrace the trend for designer bags summer 2012. The PS1 bag is a popular style and this is the tote version. Carry it on the crook of your elbow or over the shoulder for a hit of quintessential cool.

18 Versace Eyelet Studded Shoulder Bag

Versace Eyelet Studded Shoulder BagPrice: $2525.00 at

Versace are renowned for glitz and glamour, and this bag is no different. It has a dramatic structure with gold hardware and eyelet studs. Wear it to glam up a daytime look or use it to complement an evening look.

19 Lanvin Hard Shell Minaudiere

Lanvin Hard Shell MinaudierePrice: $1490.00 at

Aquatic and mermaid inspired things will be trending this summer, and this bag is quite a literal interpretation of the trend. This satin covered shell clutch would make an elegant addition to a cocktail or formal gown.

20 Chloe Madeleine Leather Duffel Bag

Chloe Madeleine Leather Duffel BagPrice: $2130.00 at

Simple, elegant styles never go out of fashion. If you’re after the perfect daytime carryall when it comes to designer bags for summer 2012 then this is a worthy contender.

When it comes to designer bags summer 2012, there’s a lot to lust over. Many of these bags will firmly be the stuff my dreams are made out of, but hopefully with some hardcore saving I’ll be able to get my hands on one of these beauties. Which of these 2012 summer designer bags will you be dreaming about?

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