A woman’s handbag says a lot about her personality. The style, color and even the designer are a reflection of her fashion sense and her lifestyle. For example, a croc suitcase says business woman with a taste for luxury; a fringe shoulder bag says boho-chic style and leisure weekend plans.

Since Summer’s hottest handbags come in an infinite number of styles, here are some tips to choose a bag that best suits your personality.

Fun and Trendy

If you’re more of the trendy yet fashionable type—and have as many parties as you do meetings on your calendar, you love to experiment with your handbag choices. You may carry any handbag ranging from a sequined clutch or a box styled purse. And you’re a sucker for the details: fringe, sequins, metallic, prints, graphics and the like. This style of purse says I’m fun, youthful (even in spirit) and don’t take fashion so seriously. The great part about the trendy look is that it’s super versatile; Kerry Washington duplicated the same style in formal wear at this year’s MET Gala.

Professional and Chic

As a professional woman, you’re looking for a handbag that is less flashy, more durable and still undeniably chic. Staying organized is a must so choose purses with multiple compartments. The appropriate handbag will blend in nicely with a business atmosphere (think shades of navy, black or brown) but you may just be able to sneak in a subdued colored bag like First Lady Michelle Obama. This purse says you’re sophisticated, about your business but still appreciate fashion and style.

Earthy and Eco-Friendly

Conscious style mavens and eco-friendly handbags go hand-in-hand, literally. Most of these purses are suited for leisure time like shopping or hitting the beach so the look says you’re casual, easy-going and earthy. The eco-conscious spin shows that you’re into fashion but not all surface; you’re intelligent and compassionate enough to care about the environment around you. Leona Lewis is pictured carrying an eco-friendly bucket bag by Stella McCartney, proof that going green can still be chic.

Casual and Sporty

If you’re an athletic girl who loves casual cool fashion, comfort and (depending on the sport) minimal size is key. Fortunately, the new trendy backpack style bags allow you to have it all. They have tons of space and usually come with a compartment for your favorite sports drink. The new backpacks are so chic you can rock them out on the town like Rihanna, Beyonce and Ciara with casual clothes too.

What do you look for when shopping for a handbag? How often do you switch out purses? What’s does your handbag say about your personality?

-Krystal Franklin

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