My grandmother always told me, Get a cheap dress but splurge on your bag and shoes.That’s what people notice. Good advice, Mimi. But I’ve been scanning the sales lately, and you might not even need to splurge on that nice designer handbag. Some of these designer summer handbags on sale at Nordstrom right now are as much as 60% off. Whoo!

But don’t feel like you have to weed through them all — we’ve gone through and picked out some gems for you.

These summer bags are light and airy and fresh and clean —  just the affordable accessory upgrade I need for my summer wardrobe. Plus, it’s what my grandmother would have wanted, right?

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Best designer summer handbags on sale at Nordstrom: Ted Baker London leather shopper

This lTed Baker London Leather Shopper would make a great handbag for working moms whether you’re pulling in hours in an over-air-conditioned office, or squeezing in an hour of laptop time at the coffee shop between playdates. Then again, all that interior space could be used for diapers and wipes for a super fashionable diaper bag for a new mom. (Now $197, 33% off)

Best designer summer handbags on sale at Nordstrom: Tory Burch crossbody

I love the bright color options for this leather Tory Burch shoulder bag now on sale. It’s small, but still has enough room for your phone, wallet, lipstick — the essentials. It’s still a splurge, even on sale, but depending on the color you choose, you could carry this designer bag year round. (Now $238, 40% off)


Best designer summer handbags on sale at Nordstrom: Rebecca Minkoff leather satchel

The size of this Rebecca Minkoff  Leather Satchel is just right for moms like me who need enough room for our kids’ stuff as well as our own. And the not-quite-white color is a perfect for choice for summer. Everyone needs a white bag in summer, right? Plus her handbags just hold up so beautifully, you’ll be using it during beach vacations and summers to come. (Now $197, 33% off)

Related: 8 stylish beach and pool coverups for moms who aren’t just strutting around in teeny bikinis this summer.

Best designer summer handbags on sale at Nordstrom: Zac Posen crossbody bag

Do you have a date night or girls’ night out coming up soon? Are you the type who even gets a date night or girls’ night out at any point in life? Then I think you need to check out this cool Zac Posen Belay Crossbody Bag now on sale. Personally, I love the violet for summer, but scan through the sale page for lots of options. The unexpected silhouette makes this summer handbag a real statement piece that will make even ripped jeans and a white tee look ultra chic. (Now $167, 33% off)

Best designer summer handbags on sale at Nordstrom: Serapian Milano clutch

Need a clutch that will work with any outfit? May I suggest this thin leather clutch by Serapian Milano? It will look spectacular with any outfit at all, whether you’re dressing up or down, and that large envelope size is perfectly practical but still sleek. Date night, here we come. (Now $240, 40% off)


Best designer summer handbags on sale at Nordstrom: Kate Spade floral bag

This Kate Spade Floral Handbag is a work of art. It’s a lot of color and texture, which is perfect for those of you who tend toward sleek, minimalist outfits and monochrome colors. (Speaking to you, Liz, with your all-black-even-in-summer!)  Florals are so hot right now too, so grab this designer summer handbag now while it’s a whopping half-off. (Now $248, 50% off)

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Best designer summer handbags on sale at Nordstrom: Rebecca Minkoff mini feed bag

I’m all about downsizing to a mini bag these days, and my top choice is this Rebecca Minkoff Mini Feed Bag which is now at a fantastic price. My favorite detail might be the interior lining, which is a bright kelly green. How fun! And at just about the size of an iPad Mini, this one is all I need for quick errands out with the kids or a night out without a single sippy cup in sight. (Now $130, 33% off)

Best designer summer handbags on sale at Nordstrom: Ghurka bucket bag

Wow, if you are a serious designer handbag junkie, then you know the joy that is Ghurka. And this Ghurka Starlet leather bucket bag, while still spendy at 60% off, is just stunning. The Italian leather with suede interior is heirloom quality, with a minimalist bucket design that will look amazing as other trends come and go. If you like big, open bags and don’t mind spending some serious cash on designer accessories that will last a lifetime, this is my summer handbag pick for you. (Now $718, 60% off)



Best designer summer handbags on sale at Nordstrom: Shiraleah faux leather tote

Okay, so Shiraleah isn’t quite a designer handbag, but they make terrific faux leather accessories and I had to include one super bargain in the mix here, right? I’m a sucker for navy during the summer, and this modern Shiraleah Perforated Navy Tote keeps your look fresh, cool, and affordably on trend. The magnetic closure at the top is convenient for when you have kids who need their [fill-in-the-blank] right now. Or when you need that bottle of Smartwater you tote all over town every day of the summer. (Now $45, 40% off)