By Laura Morgan
Quick, close your eyes, and imagine a “summer bag.” Chances are a cute straw bucket bag or a roomy beach carry-all popped into your head. And while those are perfectly chic, chances are 1. You already own an assortment of them and 2. Your budget is better spent on a more timeless bag that will instantly elevate any ensemble.
Enter: Brahmin. Their luxe and ladylike handbags come in a fun variety of colors and effortlessly complement a huge variety of styles and silhouettes. Make a statement by marrying one in an exuberant hue with your best summer whites, or play with expectations by pairing a soft, floaty dress with a structured top-handle option that keeps you organized with smart compartments, a key clip, and pen loop. (Seriously, they’ve thought of everything). But that’s Brahmin — they never neglect those to-die-for details, whether it’s a mod-inspired circular handle or removable, adjustable straps. No wonder so many fashion insiders — from our own editors to stylists and influencers — are embracing these hero pieces. Here, three of our favorite style crushes show off their personal favorites and offer up plenty of tips on how to have your most stylish summer yet.
As an NYC-based fashion creative and interior designer, Linh Miller needs to look super-chic. She’s revered by 95K-plus followers on Instagram for smartly mixing and matching designer pieces with minimalist basics. So, of course, she knows just how to style Brahmin’s head-turning Mod Bowie bag which, given its sophisticated blend of camel and white, goes with just about everything.
“This look was inspired by my love for contrasting feminine and masculine elements while keeping it light and airy with a neutral color palette to match the bag,” she says. There are endless ways to make the Mod Bowie your own, but Niller likes to pair it with an oversized blazer and white bodysuit, worn with shorts or a skirt.
This interior designer-turned corporate flight attendant and style blogger gravitates towards chic, no-fuss looks that really go the distance. In the summer, she’s all about cropped blouses, tailored trousers, and plenty of gold accessories. And what better way to take those staples to the next level than by topping them off with a color-happy handbag?
Her styling process couldn’t be simpler: “A wide-leg trouser flatters all body types. They accentuate the waistline, while the long flowy pant elongates the leg,” says Jenkins. “Paired with a simple, minimal top, the look becomes a blank canvas for the perfect statement bag.”
“I have a young baby, so everything I wear these days is inspired by my attempt to look like a cool mom,” says Dr. Ijeoma Kola, a Nigerian-born public health historian, entrepreneur, and lifestyle blogger.
Her Brahmin Duxie in Poolside Ombre Melbourne adds the perfect accent to an otherwise low-key look.