H&M has been steadily picking up its purse game over the last few years and, now, among the throwaway bedazzled clutches and flimsy canvas totes, you'll also find some fantastic faux leather hobo bags, linen carry-alls, and chic clutches. A recent stroll through H&M's bag section left me feenin' like Jodeci, particularly for this leather-and-raffia doctor's frame bag with wooden handles (needless to say, I was in the cash register minutes later.... So much for self control, right?!). The colorful raffia pattern feels like a wink-wink to Missoni (the fashion house that made luxurious cotton and silk multicolored prints its signature, not to mention a look synonymous with haute hippie chic). The H&M bag takes an aesthetic associated with haute couture and flips the paradigm through the usage of raffia, which is clearly an inexpensive, beach-ready, summer-only textile. Which brings me to the next point -- this bag is so much more sophisticated than your average straw purse (the top leather part and the buckles on the sides add elegance and finesse) AND it's quite roomy (so you can carry your trashy summer romance novel, suntan lotion, wallet, keys, glasses, flip-flops and more). And since it's bursting with more colors than a Skittles pack, it will match pretty much any bathing suit you choose to wear -- making it perfect for us indecisive types.
$30. Visit Hm.com for store locations