Bags become super important during the warmer months. While winter dressing allows us to fill up the multitude of pockets and layers we’re wearing, hitting higher temperatures means fewer clothes and fewer pockets. As a substitute, shoulder bags will do the job.

Forgoing the double straps of a backpack, shoulder bags allow for less back coverage and therefore less sweat, too, which is a serious consideration. Big enough to fit your essentials and nothing more, it forces us to pack light and live with the consequences: a valuable life lesson in this day and age.

Below, we’ve put together a list of 10 shoulder bags to see you through summer and beyond. Ranging from refined luxury to full-on utility, all styles are covered by the following shoulder bags.

Shop 10 of the best shoulder bags for 2023 below.

ERL Printed Messenger Bag

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ERLLogo-Embroidered Sequinned Mesh Messenger Bag
Buy at Mr Porter

You won't need a puffer jacket in spring or summer, but our love for puffiness prevails with bags like this one. Besides its sparkly, inflated look, note the embroidered logo, exaggerated top handles, and practical shoulder strap.

KENZO Patch Shoulder Bag

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KENZOPatch Shoulder Bag
Buy at ssense

NIGO reimagines Kenzo’s signature flower motif for this bag and spray-paints it throughout. Its half-moon shape makes it compact for everyday usage. The hanging compartment is perfectly sized to keep your AirPods safe at all times.

Rick Owens Adri Shoulder Bag

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Rick OwensAdri Shoulder Bag
Buy at Browns

Rick Owens presented transparent leather during its SS23 collection, and he is still going strong with it. This bright yellow shoulder bag is super roomy and has a detachable strap so that you can wear it as a large pouch, too.

Axel Arigato Mini Shopping Bag

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Axel ArigatoShopping Bag Mini
Buy at Axel Arigato

Minimal designs don’t have to be boring, and this small-yet-effective Axel Arigato bag is proof. Keeping a sharp silhouette, the bag is a perfectly symmetrical miniature tote with a detachable shoulder strap for a crossbody fit.

adidas Y-3 Holdall

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Y-3Y-3 Holdall
Buy at adidas US

Y-3 channels functionality with an adjustable shoulder strap, arm handles, both inner and outer pockets, and a spacious main compartment. Also, its military green makes this super easy to style with any casual ‘fit.

Marni PVC Bucket Bag

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MarniPVC Bucket Bag
Buy at Mr Porter

This bag is entirely made of blue cotton candy-colored PVC material which gives it a rubbery illusion. The yellow print nicely contrasts the bag’s pastel base color.

Lemaire Croissant Crossbody Bag

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LemaireCroissant Crossbody Bag
Buy at Luisaviaroma

Lemaire takes its signature croissant bag and makes it large. Details like the knotted straps, puffy zip pulls, and slightly inflated composition give the croissant silhouette a more luxurious look.

Gucci Jackie Shoulder Bag

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GucciOrange Jackie Small Leather Shoulder Bag
Buy at Browns

Timeless pieces are always a good investment. Since its release in the ‘60s, the Gucci Jackie still thrives in today’s fashion scene. If you are dropping four figures, you may want to opt for a statement colorway like this orange version.

Saint Laurent Shoulder Bag

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Saint LaurentSolferino Medium Leather Shoulder Bag
Buy at mytheresa

This season, Saint Laurent's shoulder bag keeps a simple 90s-esque silhouette and adds the YSL iconic logo as fastening.

and wander Dyneema Sacoche Bag

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and wanderDyneema Sacoche Bag
Buy at Slam Jam IT

and wander brings a staple for all hiking lovers out there. This bag’s main compartment is made of Dyneema fabric which makes it completely see-through and waterproof as well. Its side fastenings are super functional for hooking the pouch to other compartments.

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