Meet the It bag of the summer.

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Summertime plays host to a swamped social calendar and plenty of incentive to squeeze in just one more après work cocktail before the sun goes down. From restaurant openings to outdoor festivals, weekend getaways and brunch dates, we won’t be satisfied until we check every last little box on our ever-growing summer bucket lists. And if over-dressing for most of these occasions is a crime, well, consider us guilty as charged. With colorful new arrivals around every corner, our closets are looking brighter than ever and ready to take on the next tropical vacation—even if that only means grabbing a margarita at the local Tex-Mex restaurant.

We know that a statement accessory can take an outfit from tired and uninspired to head-turning, Pinterest-perfection in an instant. A colorfully printed silk scarf upgrades a simple white blouse in a cinch, just as lipstick in a powerful pop of color adds that coveted put-together factor. With our tax returns still sitting patiently in our pockets waiting on the perfect splurge-worthy item for summer, we think we’ve officially found the item that’s up to the challenge. Meet the basket bag.

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A favorite of fashion influencers from coast to coast, it doesn’t take too many scrolls down your Instagram feed to know that this is the It bag of the summer—and we are so here for it. From oversized beach bags with playful pom poms and tassels, to everyday wicker bags in an understated but oh-so-chic circular shape, every fashionista is toting around this trend at the moment—and we’re betting this is only the beginning for this summertime staple.

Etsy shop owners are hopping on this trend with meticulously handmade options that only look like you spent a fortune, while high-end brands certainly have no shortage of tempting splurge-worthy options. We can already envision how the It bag of the summer will perfectly complement our floral maxi dresses, staple leather sandals, and of course—our hard earned tans. If you were waiting for an excuse to splurge on the perfect summer accessory, consider this your sign from the style universe that it's time to add to cart.