The Beaded Bag: The Trend of the Summer

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Crochet and knit handbags seem to dominate the beach scene, but the beaded bag is a not-so-new trend. These chic bags have recently been popping up in stores frequented by college students, despite the fact that they can probably also be found in your grandmother’s closet.

VALLEY loves how versatile a beaded bag can be. The following bags have reworked an old trend into something totally new. Check out these five bags that are sure to complete any outfit and accompany you anywhere this summer, whether it be to a music festival or a tropical vacation.

1. Zara Beaded Bucket Crossbody Bag ($69.90)

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This crossbody is the perfect accessory to elevate your summer look and add some personal flare. Although this bag may look bold, it is actually extremely easy to style because it can be paired with even the most neutral or conservative of outfits. You could even wear an all-black outfit and add this accessory for an entirely different look. Neutral shades may seem boring, but they add sophistication to a fun piece like this — so don’t be afraid to try it out.


2. Topshop South Bead Mini Tote Bag ($48)

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Laced together with cream colored wooden beads with contrasting black wooden handles, this bag is a sophisticated summer essential. Although it isn’t extremely colorful, this bag is the perfect way to tie in a summer accessory to your work wardrobe or even when out to brunch with friends.

3. Free People San Diego Beaded Backpack ($68)

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This backpack from Free People is not your typical school accessory. Crafted entirely of beads of different shapes and colors, this boho bag allows you to go hands free in style. The alternating neutral colors also pair perfectly with any outfit, but would look especially flattering with one of the brand’s sundresses and a pair of lace up sandals.






4. Etsy Vintage Rainbow Stripe Beaded Bag ($75.99)

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For those that love wearing bright colors and are thrift shopping connoisseurs, I recommend looking to Etsy, an online marketplace where many people make and sell their products to buyers looking for a more authentic feel. This rainbow striped bag has all the colors of summer and it is entirely handmade.





5. Urban Outfitters Beaded Mini Tote Bag (14.99)

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The last and by far the cheapest beaded bag on the list, this seventies-inspired mini tote is made entirely from plastic beads and is perfect for carrying all of your small summer essentials. For the ultimate vintage vibe, carry with a pair of cutoff denim shorts and colored sunglasses.








Love embellished bags but fear they’re too flashy? This playful trend is the perfect way to ease into carrying bags of all materials and styles.


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